Behold: this stuff!
Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste. If you’ve ever spent $6 on a bottle of curry spice, you will love this stuff instead. I grabbed a 2 POUND bucket at Cash & Carry for about $3 – it makes 100 servings of curry. But the bigger news is: it’s so much better than the spice. It’s a blend of several Indian spices, heavy on the curry, and it’s just delicious and so easy to use.
I stir-fried about 2 teaspoons of paste in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for a couple of minutes. The aroma is amazing! Then I added one can of coconut milk (which, by the way, is about $3 at Safeway and only .89 at Cash & Carry) and one chopped onion. I let that simmer while the rice was cooking. I know traditional curry also has potatoes, but I’m not a fan – you could sure add them, though, if you love ’em. After about 15 minutes, I threw in 3 cups of chopped boneless chicken breast. Serve over rice and be sure to add this stuff:
I don’t understand why it sometimes snows in Bend in June, and I also don’t understand why mango chutney holds the key to chicken curry, I just know that it does. It really does. Just spoon it on top and open your heart and mind to a taste explosion.
I think maybe I’ve expressed my deep and undying love for naan here before, but it bears repeating: YUM. I made my own for the first time yesterday using this recipe. It wasn’t hard to make, but I have to admit that the stuff I buy at Trader Joe’s is better. It’s pillowy and authentic in a way that mine was not. But, mine was still delicious and I will definitely make it again in my oven on a pizza stone instead of on the grill.
Even though this is all definitely Americanized, I love it when my children experiencing at least a taste of other cultures. What’s your favorite comfort food?