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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Massaman Mushroom-Seitan Curry

There's just something comforting about a Massaman curry...it's probably the combination of warming spices such as cardamom, anise, and cinnamon, or maybe the creaminess of the coconut milk, or maybe just the hardiness of the combination of potatoes, vegetables, and cashews all simmered together with love. It is most likely the combination of all these elements that makes Massaman one of my favorite style of Thai curries. It's a perfect dish for a chilly night in with friends, chatting and watching movies and laughing and staying warm. My version is made with chunks of toothsome seitan, in place of the traditional beef found in this curry with Muslim origins, as well as mushrooms, to give a meaty and savory feel to the dish. This is perfect served with brown Jasmine rice and a side of spicy, garlicky broccoli! Massaman Mushroom-Seitan Curry (serves 4-6)
3 Tbs vegetable oil
1 medium red onion, diced
2 shallots, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1" ginger, minced
2 Thai chiles, minced
8 oz mushrooms, rough chopped
3 Tbs soy sauce, divided
2 cups seitan, diced
2 medium potatoes (or sweet potatoes), diced
1 15 oz can coconut milk
1 small tin Massaman curry paste
1/2 cup water or vegetable stock
2 Tbs jaggery (palm sugar) or brown sugar
1 Tbs tamarind concentrate
1/4 tsp turmeric
Pinch cayenne, to taste
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp anise
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1/4 c Thai basil, chopped (or 2 Tbs dried basil)
1 cup cashews

In a large wok or deep pan heat oil over medium-high heat. Add red onion and shallots, and saute for 5 minutes until softened and translucent. Add garlic and ginger and cook 1 more minute to lightly brown garlic. Add mushrooms and chiles and saute 2-3 more minutes until mushrooms have begun to reduce. Add 2 Tbs soy sauce and curry paste to the pan. Add seitan and potato chunks and cook 2-3 minutes to lightly brown the edges. Add the coconut milk and water or broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to low; simmer 10 minutes. Add jaggery, tamarind, 1 Tbs soy sauce, cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, anise and pepper. Cover and simmer 10 more minutes, until liquid has thickened and potatoes are tender. Add lemon juice, basil and cashews, and cook 5 more minutes, uncovered. Add salt to taste, as well as any more heat desired. Top with extra cashews and serve with jasmine rice.

2 comments:

Dianne said...

Thanks for the recipe! Massaman is definitely my favorite curry, probably because of the potatoes and peanuts usually found in it ;-)

John Smith said...

Wonderful, thanks for the recipe.
I have saw your recipe in a xl pharmacy magazine yesterday, I'm pretty sure is yours because there are exactly the same words.