thai curry, part deux (or trois, depending on who’s counting)

While I may have written about my past go at thai curry being a success, I decided after the fact that it wasn’t so much. My first round of thai curry, which went undocumented, was a MASSIVE failure. The recipe I used called for Indian curry powder, which I later found out was not at all an ingredient in thai curry. The second go at things went much smoother–but still, it just wasn’t right. I realize now that the recipe I used was more of a sweet curry–with peanut butter and brown sugar–but as an amateur, I had no idea. It was worlds better than the Indian curry mistake, but still not what I was aiming for.

Enter round three. I decided to just go with my instinct on this one. I wanted to make an uncomplicated, inexpensive, delicious thai curry. No peanut butter, no brown sugar, none of the kaffir leaves and lemongrass of many recipes. DEFINITELY no fish sauce (obviously). I took what I learned from previous recipes and applied it to my own and the result was delicious! Simple, easy to make, uncomplicated, but still damn tasty.

Simple Vegan Thai Red Curry

Ingredients
1/2 block extra firm tofu, pressed, cubed and dry-fried
1 can light coconut milk
approx. 3 tbsp soy sauce
approx 3-4 tbsp vegetable broth
3 tbsp red curry paste
1 squirt Sriracha
1 tbsp corn starch
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 bunch fresh green beans, halved
1 container baby corn, halved
2 large basil leaves, sliced
1 green onion, chopped

Directions
Combine coconut milk, vegetable broth, soy sauce, curry paste, corn starch, and Sriracha in a bowl. Whisk until combined with no remaining lumps of corn starch. Pour into wok and bring to a light boil. Add tofu, green pepper, broccoli, green beans, and baby corn. Cover and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, until veggies are to your liking (I like mine slightly crisp). Add basil and green onion, stir, cover, and simmer for 1-2 more minutes. Serve over rice (I chose basmati but this would be delicious over brown rice). Yields about 3 heaping servings.

It’s that easy! So creamy and delicious that it doesn’t even taste “vegan.” The only thing I wish I’d done was soak the tofu in the curry mixture for about an hour before cooking so it would really sponge up the flavor. If you want to get fancy, you can add all sorts of your favorite Asian vegetables (which I didn’t have on hand) like bok choy, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms, whatever! It’s so versatile, so simple, and yet so delish. I’m over-enthusiastic about this because I LOVE thai curry and have had such a hard time mimicking what I get when I order at thai restaurants. The color of this curry was a little more orange/red than I’m used to (most are a muted orange/yellow that I’ve had) but it had all the taste of the restaurant-style curry. Yum!

I got a little nervous and self-conscious when my boyfriend didn’t seem quite as thrilled about this dish, and he said the cutest thing. “Don’t get me wrong, I love it! But you have to remember, I haven’t been the one trying to perfect this–this isn’t my everest.” Ah, okay, I get it, poking fun at the blog now, okay. 😉

Washed down with a Breckenridge Agave Wheat beer and a no-bake vegan chocolate peanut butter cup, I couldn’t be happier. 🙂


I had to tweak the recipe I used since I didn’t have hemp seeds or crunchy peanut butter on hand. At the time I didn’t realize how this would affect the overall outcome. The peanut butter really never got firm, but after half a day in the freezer, it was as good as it was gonna get. So it wasn’t perfect…but it tasted damn good!

I can now sleep peacefully. Have you ever battled at perfecting a recipe? Did you feel this good once you finally won?

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9 thoughts on “thai curry, part deux (or trois, depending on who’s counting)

  1. emmycooks says:

    That sounds good. You might like this noodle curry: http://emmycooks.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/zippy-noodle-curry-with-tofu-sweet-potatoes-and-chard/ You can make it with any veggies, of course. Enjoy!

  2. Izzy says:

    Thank you, thank you, th ank you for posting this!!! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Can’t wait to try it!

    • I hope you’ll like it as much as I did! The cornstarch was only to thicken the curry, if you like it a little runnier, skip that part. The Sriracha (as you can imagine) really spiced it up, so skip that too if you don’t like as much spice. 🙂

      • Izzy says:

        I made it today!!

        Ok, so I have a confession to make. I’ve never had thai curry. So I literally have no basis for comparison. All I knew was that I like pad thai and that I wanted to try more thai things and that for some reason I always thought about red curry paste and coconut milk fondly even though I had no clue what I was getting into.

        So, what I did was got those two ingredients and started searching for a recipe. All I knew was that I wanted it over tofu, not just vegetables. Ok, so I searched for a recipe probably about a month, but they were all so complicated and one thing I know about myself – is that if a recipe is too complicated I might make it once, but I’ll likely not make it again. We work full time and have a foster baby so we’re really busy! So when I found this recipe I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.

        Anyway, I’m going to be posting about it soon. Only thing I’d do differently is use the actual amount of paste you suggested! I was nervous that it would be too hot so I only used half.

        We also topped it with lime and cilantro – I guess from my pad thai experiences, I thought maybe this might enhance the flavor and it really did!

        Thank you thank you thank you for posting. 🙂

        Blessings

      • I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! I’m totally with you on the complicated recipes thing. Most of the thai curries I found had all sorts of complicated, expensive ingredients like lemongrass, and things that just did not make sense to me like brown sugar, so I wanted to make something uncomplicated. Besides, if I recall correctly, there’s lemongrass IN the curry paste so why bother adding it in separately? It was probably very smart of you to not trust the spiciness because I like it hot and sometimes I don’t realize just how spicy my dishes are (my boyfriend loves spiciness but has had to literally stop eating some of my dishes because he breaks out into a sweat!) But, red curry is pretty mild–it’s the green stuff that really packs some heat! Can’t wait to read your post. 🙂

  3. Izzy says:

    Oh, and by the way. My tahini dressing was my battle. I was so thrilled to have perfected it! I know this satisfaction all too well!

    Usually I poke around with things until I get them right. It drives my husband insane at times!

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