Red Curry Coconut Baby Potato Stew, imagine soft billowy potatoes nestled in a wonderful curry coconut sauce with amazing Thai spices and for texture bamboo shoots and red peppers. Do I have your attention yet? I hope so!
Red Curry Coconut:
- 450 g baby potatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 medium yellow onion slices
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 red bell pepper cleaned and slivered
- 1 heaping tablespoon red curry paste
- 1 Tbsp grated lemongrass
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 3 basil leaves plus a few more for garnish
- 200 ml can bamboo shoots
- 400 ml coconut cream
- salt and white pepper to taste
- 3/4 cups Jasmine rice
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 sprigs saffron
- pinch of sugar and salt
Red Curry Coconut:
- In a large pot bring vegetable stock, bay leaf and potatoes to a low simmer for 5 minutes.
- While the potatoes and broth are cooking, heat up oils in a saute pan.Toss in onions and saute for 1 minute.
- Add in peppers, garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for another minute. Now throw in bamboo shoots.
- Time to get the red curry, lemon grass, ginger, and basil in, plus a quick stir.
- Scoop potatoes out of broth with a slotted spoon and stir in carefully, now pour in vegetable stock and bay leaf. Let simmer for 4-5 minutes.
- Pour in coconut cream, stir and taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Cook covered for 18 minutes.
- While potato stew is simmering, soak sprigs of saffron in warm water for a few minutes.
- In a medium saucepot mix water rice oil salt and sugar, cover and bring to a boil then lower heat to a very low simmer. Stir well and frequently so the rice does not stick to the pot. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Take off heat and keep covered.
- Take lid off rice and fluff. Scoop some onto a plate, top with potato stew and garnish with chopped fresh basil.
- Ready to serve.
- I used a cast pot to cook the stew and pre-cook the potatoes in vegetable stock. It cooks more evenly and faster.
- You could add shrimp or chicken if you want.