Saturday, April 14, 2012
Coconut Bison (or Beef) Curry with Vegetables
You don't HAVE to make the coconut rice, but it takes care of the "what to do with a 1/2 can of coconut milk?" question.
This is versatile as far as vegetables go. Use what you've got, and let me know what was good in the comments!
What you need:
For the curry:
1.5 cans (3 cups) light coconut milk
1 can beef broth
3 T/3 minced cloves garlic
3 T green curry paste (I actually intended to use red but green is all the store had!)
1 lb. stew meat: I used bison but beef would work Note: This turns out to have a LOT more vegetables than meat-so it's good if you're trying to stretch your meat, but you may want fewer veggies or 2 lb. meat if that's your style!
3 T lime juice
zest of 1/2 lime
1/2 t turmeric
1/4 t salt
1 T soy sauce
2-3 cups chopped veggies. I used a parsnip, a turnip, 2 carrots, a bell pepper, green beans, and snow peas. Broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes are good in curries too!
2 T each of chopped cilantro and basil leaves
For the rice:
1 C basmati rice
1 1/4 C water
1 C (1/2 can) coconut milk
What to do:
Chop up veggies and, if not already cubed, meat
Bring coconut milk and broth to a boil, lower heat and let simmer for a few minutes
Add curry paste and garlic and let simmer a few more minutes
Add stew meat and bring back to a boil
Add lime juice, lime zest, turmeric and salt
Lower heat to a simmer and cover
Start rice: put all rice ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover, and let sit for about 20 minutes.
Let curry cook until meat is cooked through and vegetables soften: 20-30 minutes. Stir in basil and cilantro
Serve over rice. Top with toasted coconut (to toast coconut, a few minutes before you're done, put shredded coconut in a dry pan over low heat and watch it like a hawk until it's lightly browned!)
Verdict/Changes for Next Time:
This was very delicious! I loved the coconut flavor of the rice! A few small changes: I'd use a red pepper if photographing, better colors. :) And it ended up quite liquid-y, even with a bit of corn starch added in. I think I'd let the coconut milk/broth mixture reduce down a bit more before adding the other ingredients. But, overall, it was really, really tasty and I can't wait for the leftovers tomorrow!