Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Satay Saturday!

I think N and I have made it known that after Indian food, Thai and Italian are our favorite cuisines. Actually I'm proud of the fact that I converted N into liking Thai, just like she talked me into this whole food blog deal ;) Thai food stands out as unique, flavorful and quite nutritious at the same time. It offers terrific variety for vegetarians. And the amount of spiciness and 'hotness' could be varied to suit our taste-buds.

We have already posted a Green Thai curry which was more or less an improv based on the ingredients we had. But one fine day, N and I went to a bookstore called Borders and found this book on clearance. Its called Sauces, dips and salsas and is published by Bay Books. It has an eclectic collection of recipes from across the world. One of them being this wonderful Satay sauce. We modified the recipe and made it vegetarian, since the original one asked for shrimp paste, to suit us . Here's how it came out.



Ingredients:

1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup broccoli cuts

1/2 cup carrot, julienned

1/4 cup edamame

1/4 cup snap peas

1/4 cup shiitake mushrooms

1/4 cup water chestnuts

1/4 cup green onions

1/4 cup red bell pepper

1 tbsp chilli oil

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 clove finely chopped garlic

3-4 dried crushed red chillies

1/2 cup coconut milk

Salt to taste

1 cup water

1 tsp toasted sesame seeds for garnishing

1. Heat cooking oil in a pan. Add the garlic.

2. Add the onions and the green onions before the garlic turns brown. Saute until onions are transparent and light brown.

3. Add the vegetables followed by chilli oil.

4. Add the salt, crushed red chillies, peanut butter and water. Bring it to a boil.

5. Add the coconut milk. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds. Serve with steamed or fried rice. We had ours with spring onion fried rice.

The curry tasted delicious, and we strongly recommend chilli oil. It adds a distinct, unmistakable 'Asian' flavor to the whole preparation. The choice of veggies is entirely up to you so you could decorate this curry YOUR way :)

24 comments:

Sameera.. said...

Look @ my blog girl - Looks like its " Thai and Sauce " season all the way !!!
I made a Thai Red Curry - and now its mushroom in Italian Sauce...
Looks like we cook almost the same thing in our homes..without co-ordinating..aint that amazing and wunderfuuul
Rgds,
Sam !

Swati said...

Borders is a lovely store!!
The curry looks lovely and I love you guys for converting it to a vegetarian ;)

Shreya said...

Anything with coconut milk must taste good:-) Love the idea of soybean and mushroom in it apart from the other veggies. It could be a little thicker in consistency too, I suppose.

sra said...

I've always liked the idea of chili oil - just never remember to check whether it can be found here or not. Does it taste like the oil that squirts out of red chillies after the tadka?

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Adam said...

Great dish A&N! I agree that Thai is a beautiful thing when done right. I never would of thought about spice and peanut, or chili and coconut together. Very cool.

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

yummy dish .. i have never had it before .. shall give it a try

Usha said...

I love Thai food and yours looks yummy :)

Cham said...

Hmm, looks good ur thai veg curry :) Never did veg version but sounds equally delicious :)

Nags said...

the sesame seeds in the curry must give it a distinct flavour :) i too picked up an easy indian cooking book from borders. their discount rates were amazing :)

PG said...

Wow! I almost envy you both. Wish I had a hubby to cooo with. I would not even dream of it, to cook with him. I'm sure it will end up in a fight. :D
The dish looks yummy!
I thought satay sauce meant a peanut sauce?

Poonam said...

I will remember the chilli oil tip. Great one!

Lore said...

Looks delicious! There are some ingredients I've never even thought of putting them together but I am sure this tasted great :)

Priti said...

Curry looking delicious....liked the sesame garnishing and with spring onion fried rice ..umm interesting..when is the fried rice recipe coming up?

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Uma said...

lovely curry! Looks so delicious. But I am not a fan of mushrooms.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That dish looks yummy! I love anything with coconut milk and veggies!

Cheers,

Rosa

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm drooling over that list of ingredients! :)

Laavanya said...

This is the first time I'm hearing of a satay curry... the coconut milk and spicy sauces always make thai curries so delectable.

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Suma Rajesh said...

woo looks fabulous...just need a bowl of hot rice along with that..no need of sidedish..

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roop said...

I think thai and italian cuisines are favorites of ALL Desis ranked after indian of course. Mexican usually falls around in the top somewhere too.