Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Thai Massaman Curry & Dairy Free Baking Chips

I was inspired by my cousin's Thai curry pictures to make it for myself for dinner. I have so many tins of different flavor curry pastes in my pantry. I think most people who are sort of familiar with Thai food know of spicy Panang or Red or Green curry. I picked something different- Massaman which is a southern Thai curry that is Muslim in origin. This curry is a result of early Muslim traders who brought spices like cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin and cloves from India and the Middle East to the south coast of Thailand. This curry has a lot of these spices and is beautifully fragrant and very tasty! I used potatoes, tofu, broccoli, carrots and peas in my curry.

All the ingredients I used for this curry.

This came out really nice.

Thai Massaman Curry

2 TB canola oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large potato, peeled and cut into cubes
2 carrots, sliced
1/2 to a full can of massaman curry paste (this can be spicy so use as little or much as you like - store the leftover paste in a little ziploc bag in the freezer)
2 cans coconut milk
1 head of broccoli, florets seperated and stem thinly sliced
1 can sweet peas, drained
1 package extra-firm tofu, drained and cubed
2 TB soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
juice of one large lime

Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add onions, garlic and ginger. Saute for a while until onions are browned and a bit soft. Add potatoes, carrots and curry paste. Stir around to coat, then add coconut milk and stir. Bring to a boil. Add broccoli. Add soy sauce, sugar and lime juice. Lower heat to medium low. Add tofu cubes and peas. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or so or until potatoes are thoroughly cooked. Serve over hot rice.

My mom's birthday is coming up and we're having a big bash for her. She requested white chocolate macadamia nut cookies for the party. At first, I was not sure where I could get dairy free white chocolate chips and I had heard that kosher markets may have them. After traveling up and down West Pico in the Beverly Hills area for an hour yesterday, ducking in and out of various kosher markets, I came out empty handed! But today a lovely person at the PPK message boards directed me to a kosher market on Santa Monica Blvd. which is miles closer to my house! And this is what I got:

2 bags of the white chocolate, a bag of coffee flavored(yum) and a bag of pretty rainbow colored chips. Can't wait to try these out. As far as regular chocolate chips, I can find dairy free ones at Trader Joe's (the semi-sweet) or at the grocery store (the semi-sweet as well. Brands: Guittard and Ghirardelli)


aTxVegn said...

You are so lucky to find those chips! Well, I guess your mom is the lucky one... I have always had to order them.

Your curry looks wonderful.

Dawn said...

I've never heard of coffee chocolate chips. They sound amazing. I'm sure you'll bake up something delicious with those.

Vegyogini said...

I'm so happy to know where to find those chips! No butterscotch or peanut butter chips, though, right? Too bad. :(

Jeni Treehugger said...

I have those white Choc Chips - they also do Butterscotch ones as well!!!
Oooh mama!

Jeni Treehugger said...

oooh and that Curry looks totally awesome. Thanks for the recipe - gonna try that for sure.

Sapphira said...

Doesn't anyone make a cane juice or grain-sweetened, veagan white choc chip, that uses only pure cocoa butter and not all the other crappy oils?
I wish I knew!

Anonymous said...

The curry recipe is excellent, thank you for posting! I substituted a sweet potato for a regular potato, and I also added salt-free roasted peanuts and kaffir lime leaves, which I found at my local organic grocer.

I would highly recommend your recipe :)

Anonymous said...

Just tried the thai curry recipe last night (& am eating it for breakfast this morning) -- WONDERFUL!! Thank you so much for sharing. Where did you purchase the green curry? I found (after much searching) that brand at Surfas in Culver City, but they don't carry green - just massaman, red & panang (which I was grateful for :)