Thursday, November 02, 2006

Thai Curry Beef and Coconut Rice

Today is my husband's birthday; he is officially OLD (just kidding, honey). In honor of my beloved, I made one of his favorite dishes for dinner tonight: Thai Curry Beef and Coconut Rice. Coconut milk is gluten free, and it makes a great base for the curry sauce. By the way, you can use chicken instead of beef if you're staying away from red meat.

Thai Curry Beef

1 1/2 lbs. of beef for stir-fry
1 red pepper, julienned
1 yellow onion, sliced into half-moons
a handful of cilantro, chopped
1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
1/2 to 1 Tbs. red curry paste*
1/2 cup frozen peas
3 Tbs. Fish sauce (available in the ethnic foods aisle of your market)
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1/4 cup chicken stock

In a large saucepan, combine coconut milk and curry paste and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the fish sauce, brown sugar, chicken stock, and beef. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes. Add the vegetables (reserve cilantro for garnish) and cook for about 5 minutes more, or until beef is cooked and veggies have reached desired tenderness. Top with cilantro. Serve with coconut rice (see below).

*Let your taste preferences be your guide when using curry paste. We like our food spicier here, so I use a full Tbs.; you can get away with less and still get great flavor. Personally, I would not use more than 1 Tbs. for this dish. If you want it spicier, you may want to add hot peppers to this dish.

Coconut Rice

2 cups Jasmine Rice
1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk, plus enough water to equal 3 cups of liquid
1 tsp. salt

Bring coconut milk, water, and salt to a boil in pot. Add the jasmine rice and bring back up to a boil. Cover and turn the burner down to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.


Anonymous said...

I am delighted to find you via glutenfreebay...I am (a mom) gluten and casein free as well as corn and soy free and look forward to daily visiting your blog...yeah for us...we feel better, right? This recipe sounds delish!

Flamenco Mom said...

Thanks for visiting the blog. Hope you enjoy reading it. It can be really challenging to cook this way sometimes, but it is so worth it when you find that you're starting to feel better.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that! I wish I figured it out years ago instead of in my 50s, but better late than never.