Step-by-Step Guide to the Perfect Crockpot Red Curry
I love curry in all its glorious forms: from India to Japan. That being said, there’s something truly special about its Thai red curry incarnation that utilizes coconut milk, herbs, and aromatic leaves that makes such a great impression on my taste buds.
Traditionally, ingredients were chosen based on regional and seasonal availability like pork, chicken, fish, and shellfish and sometimes frogs, snakes, snails and wild boar. Some of the commonly used vegetables are eggplant, squash, and pumpkin. I share this because I believe it’s important to understand that anything is possible in cooking; that you have to experiment and find what you love to eat.
Naturally, I turn to my crockpot because slow cooking dishes like these brings out the best experience.
Follow this step-by-step guide and enjoy this non-traditional but awesomely delicious Thai red curry and spoiler alert: it’s even better the day after!
This is all you’ll need:
1 ½ pounds of small potatoes
1 yellow onion
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 can of full fat coconut milk
1 cup vegetable stock
¼ cup peanut butter
2 tbsp red curry paste
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tsp lemongrass
½ tsp ground ginger
Freshly chopped cilantro
First, chop your onion.
Then chop up your potatoes into perfect bite sized pieces.
Mix the potatoes, onion, coconut milk, vegetable stock, peanut butter, curry paste, fish sauce, garlic, lemongrass, and ginger in the crock pot on low for 2 and ½ hours. A note about fish sauce: it smells awful but will make your curry taste amazing.
While that simmers, cut up both the green and red peppers and add them for 30 minutes. You want them to retain some of the texture.
When it’s finished, squeeze all the lime juice you can into that crock pot and garnish with some freshly chopped cilantro.
This red curry goes great with rice or noodles, but I wouldn’t hold it against you if you just jumped in with a spoon.
Oh, you noticed there’s no meat? I made this for my mother, who happens to be a vegetarian. If you like meat, all you have to do is chop up 1 lb of your preferred animal protein and throw it in the crock pot at the beginning and follow this exact recipe.