Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Green Thai Curry - Off to Healthy Cooking!

While I racked my brains on what to submit to Mansi's Healthy cooking event, and almost gave up, Sireesha came along with an award for us (I cannot believe it, still, though) and I thought that we couldn't give up now! After all this! So, A and I concocted this Green Thai Curry for the event. Two days ago, we ate at Top Spice, a popular Thai-Malaysian restaurant here in Atlanta with my cousin and her family and I was a convert. I'm not the Thai food type while A pigs on Thai food. Tofu is his life saviour and I do not consider Tofu at all. Like, I do not think its food. Blame it on its colour or its texture!















Speaking of colour, I love colour in my food. I love chaat not just because of its taste, but because of the medley of colours on the plate. I love bright looking food than pale food. I like my food messy and colourful than neatly arranged and all that. Well, you get it. I'm not one of those perfect food blogga types ;) So, ya, getting back to the food! A came home from work and decided to make a Thai curry. I was game since I've started loving Thai food in the last two days :) Our fridge had remnants of veggies from a long-gone Farmer's Market trip. And this situation was perfect for a Thai dinner. So, here it is - the colours, the flavour, the richness, and all the proteins, vitamins that one can have on a plate, presenting to you the Green Thai Curry!




Ingredients (serves 2-3 people):

1lb (454g) Tofu
1 medium green bell pepper (capsicum)
1 medium red bell pepper
2 carrots
1/2 bunch spinach leaves
1 bunch spring onions
5-6 pieces dried red chillies
2-3 pieces of fresh green chillies
1 tbsp peanut butter (substitute with 20-25 pieces of peanut ground into a paste)
2 cups water
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice

1. Divide the block of Tofu into two equal portions. Grind one half with the spinach leaves, half of the red chillies, all the green chillies, lemon juice and ginger. This forms the 'green' gravy or base.

2. Cut the other half into cubes and saute them in 1/2 tbsp oil until they are crisp and golden. Set aside.

3. In a pan, add 1 tbsp oil and saute the spring onions and all other vegetables in that order. You can choose to add different vegetables to create your own curry. Broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms, even potatoes! Add the remaining red chillies and let this cook for 10 mins. Add salt in between.

4. Add 1 tbsp peanut butter (or the peanut paste), water, honey and the gravy. Let this simmer for 15 mins.

5. Now add the crisp tofu cubes and let it cook for a few more minutes.

6. Finally, add the coconut milk/cream to the curry (take pictures ;)) and mix well and let it cook for a couple of mins. Once done, serve hot with steamed rice.

Thanks again Sireesha for the award! We received the 'Nice Matters' award from her and would like to pass it on to: Nags who is one of the inspirations behind this food blog and Mom's Cooking (another one I know personally!) and Sameera, two absolutely new bloggers like us :) So, there! Yes, I repeat again, this healthy Thai curry goes to Mansi's event - Healthy Cooking! Here is another picture of our wholesome dinner, little rice and loads of veggies:


42 comments:

Nags said...

Thank you so much for the award. this is a nice recipe, though a bit long :D i am not much of a tofu lover either but TH loves it!

sra said...

That curry's colour is nice and vibrant! Enjoy your award.

Shreya said...

Congrats, Nandu, on the award. And Thanks so much for passing it on:-) Much needed encouragement! Your Thai green curry looks very nice( I have seen greener ones in the Indian-Thai restaurants!), and is a good healthy entry to the event. :-)

Asha said...

Great entry, Thai curry looks delicious. Enjoy the award!:))

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

A great thai curry... Love the pretty green color.. And congrats on your award...
Hey, thanks for the comment again but that leaves me wondering why you could not see my new post called "Sprays"..Will be posting another one tonight....

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

loved ur note abt tofu..i am not a big fan either, but do not hate it!

abt ur question on wonton wrappers - they come as thin wrappers, u dont have to do anything, but take a slice, fill it, seal, fry and enjoy! no soaking or any pretreatment!! nothing after frying too...just dunk it in ketchup and enjoy!! :-)

Swati Raman Garg said...

heyyyy .. first of all i loved reading the about us part :D tooo good ... and i will definitely try this one....

Swati Raman Garg said...

hey tell me onething... when u add peanut butter, doesnt it have some sugar? wont it make it sweet? or is it that my peanut butter has that sweetness

PG said...

Congrats on the award! And really a very healthy recipe indeed! And tempting too! :)

Mansi Desai said...

congrats on the awards! and that tofu curry looks great! but i haven't received your email yet..not even in spam:( so could you pls resend it to me?

thanks!

-Mansi

meeso said...

This looks like a great way to eat tofu! Congrats on your award!

Sameera.. said...

Looks like im late on the scene !!!
Congrats to you ...
Hey A&N thanks so much for giving me the award ! :)
And as far as the thai curry goes - it loooooks sooooo yummmm ! wid your permission i'd like to make it and re-post my version on my bloggg - i'd def give u all the credit ;)! u must have it wid yummy steamed rice !
Rgds and Cheers
Sam

Uma said...

delicious curry! nice color too. thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love Thai curry! Yours looks delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Bharathy said...

Have to try Thai curries these days! :) love the eggless cake recipe too..and the expansion of CAKE :)...cool!!

Priti said...

Thai green curry looks great ...thanks for the recipe..Thanks for visiting my blog.... and your header looks so cool...

genkitummy said...

thanks for checking out my site!
your curry looks great! so now you're a fan of thai food? isn't it delicious?

Vani said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, A&N! Green curry looks yum! I liked the grinding tofu part. Not too fond of it's texture myself but usually enjoy the occasional tofu burji. So cool that both of you love to cook. Wish Nitin, my hubby, loved to cook! He claims he does, though I don't even remember when he cooked last or what!

Cynthia said...

I love your header!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to say hello and help me to discover yours!

Look forward to seeing you around.

A&N said...

@ Nags: Thanks :) I wonder if your TH and mine were separated when they were young or something? Or is it that they are Chennai boys?

@ Sra: Thanks a ton! That was the intention: colour and more colour ;)

@ Shreya: Most welcome! And ya, I've never eaten Thai before coming to the US, coz I do not like it! Sorry, 'did' not like it :)

@ Asha: :D You are super fun! Thanks a ton. And tell me the surprise no? I will pester until you tell me!

@ Swati: Hey, thanks a lot! We did manage to catch the 'sprays' ;) And the tulip cake - OMG!

@ JZ: Tofu won't still be my life saviour though :P Thanks, JZ

@ Swati Raman: Hey, thanks :) Our life is full of hilarious moments. Sigh. And guess what, I'm from Bangalore too (which is so much better than Chennai!)

To answer your question, we also add honey to the dish. So, I guess a little sweetness makes it hopefully authentically Thai ;) And we use regular peanut butter - JIF brand. But any brand will do, I think!

@ PG: Thank you!

@ Mansi: Hope you got our entry now, Mansi! Thanks for hosting the event! :)

@ Meeso: It surely is! And thank God we ground it ;)

@ Sam: Sure! Go on and try it. And congrats on the Univ admit :)

@ Uma: Theng youuuuuuuuuu :)

@ Rosa: You are certainly an inspiration! Watch out for our next posts :) Thanks a ton, Rosa. Means a lot to us that you read our blog!

@ Bharathy: Try, try away! :) And ya, A can come up with all these inane but funny sounding acronyms ;) Its a talent, you see!

@ Priti: Aaah the header! Holds memories also. That is both of us at our wedding :) Thanks for visiting, Priti!

@ Genkit: oooooooh, the one with the patent! :) Thanks for visiting us!

@ Vani: Hehe, the tofu had to be ground *evil grin* And about your husband, sometimes I wish my husband did not know how to cook! Coz he knows everything, I need to be doubly careful! :)

@ Cynthia: Thank you so much for visiting our blog :) I'm a regular reader of your blog even before my food blogga days! How is the cookbook coming along?

Andhra Flavors said...

I love ur blog header. Healthy recipe indeed. And tempting too :)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo exactly it is healthy recipe..loved ur presentation a lot...

sowmya said...

nice delicious curry..have been wanting to try this thai curry from a long time..i guess..i found a nice recipe...

Prema Sundar said...

Thai curry looks delicious .. There is a malaysian- thai restaurant named 'penang' near our place and the thai green curry is my hubby's fav... thanks for the recipe.

delhibelle said...

Hi guys!
Thanks for coming over and helping me discover your delectable blog:) Thoroughly enjoyed reading about both of you, and loved all your recipes.

Thai food is our favourite, next only to Indian, and I love how vibrant your green curry looks. Awesome!

Rachel said...

Thanks for dropping by at my blog...

A very lovely header there..and a healthy platter of food such as yours is yet to make its presence at my home :)

Raaga said...

I love the presentation!! :-) looks so inviting.

Sailaja said...

Great recipe. Enjoy the award.

Indranee said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! What to say about your blog? It's fantastic, with amazing, yummy recipes. Even I love color in my food,along with its health benefits.So I love this Thai curry...I'm sure it'll taste great:)

Dhanggit said...

congrats on your award :-) and this green curry looks awesomely delicious i cant wait to try!! yummy

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I also love color in my food! Green curry looks great, I think Shrek would love it, lol!

Madhavi said...

Oh curry looks great, wanna eat'em right now :))

KALVA said...

Wow looks delish.. never made thai curry

A&N said...

@ Andhra Flavors: :) thanks a lot! I love the header too.

@ Suma: Thank you. Ya, it is full of veggies and screams 'healthy.'

@ Sowmya: Do try and let us know!

@ Prema: Oh, I love Thai restaurants now :) Like I said, am a convert.

@ Delhibelle: Thank 'you'! And ya, lots of veggies, the coconut milk makes it very close to Indian food, I guess :)

@ Rachel: Thank you Rachel. Try it, it tastes as good as it looks!

@ Raaga: Oh, I'm a big fan of yours :) Read your other blog too. Thank you for visiting!

@ Sailaja: Thank you :)

@ Indranee: Go colours ;)

@ Dhanggit: Thank you! Try it and let me know it came out!

@ Clumbsy cookie: LOL truly ;)

@ Madhavi: Its super simple to make, so make and hog it NOW ;)

@ Kalva: Thanks Kalva. Do make it. Its very similar to Indian food.

Susan said...

I've never been a huge fan of tofu, but since I'm experimenting w/ vegan meals this summer, I will be acquiring a "taste" for it. A robust curry like yours is just the gravy to help me along. I'm assuming you used firm rather than silken tofu?

Diamond & Pearl said...

That's a delicious looking curry I would like to try preparing sometime soon, thank you!

A&N said...

@ Susan: I must say that I have known a few people who dont like Tofu because they've had it in salads and therefore it doesnt taste as good as meat (say, chicken). But Tofu tastes superb when its made with spices and sauces, and that is probably why Tofu is so well suited for Thai and Chinese cuisines. We're glad that you liked our recipe. And thank you so much for you encouraging words on our first words. We hope to keep the ball rolling :)

And finally, yes, we used firm tofu.

@ Diamond and Pearl: Thanks a lot :) Happy to hear that you are willing to give this a try.

TBC said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.:D
The Thai curry has a nice color and looks good. I've not made Thai-ish food in ages...hmmm...

BTW, that's a v.nice header pic you have there.:)

TBC said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.:D
The Thai curry has a nice color and looks good. I've not made Thai-ish food in ages...hmmm...

BTW, that's a v.nice header pic you have there.:)

Sunshinemom said...

This looks too good! Liked the mix of ingredients and a must try:)

Veda Murthy said...

hi a & n...i dont know if i mentioned it before....but whenever i come to ur blog ...i feel like giving a compliment to ur header...was that from ur wedding?.....its fantastic....dont be surprised if u get this msg again n again:-)

Veda

Jaya said...

Hi ,
I came here from manasi's place .
This curry is a good alternative to Green Thai Curry ,although I personally dont like the texture of tofu , but with Paneer and Baby Corns , Mushrooms it will be a great recipe .Thanks for sharing ..
hugs and smiles
jaya