Heirloom Recipes

A Spicy Coconut Curry for Straddling Seasons

September 27, 2017

Every so often, we scour the site for cool recipes from our community that we then test, photograph, and feature. This one comes from community member aargersi, who shares a vegan curry that provides the perfect sendoff to summer’s tomatoes and eggplant.

Today’s dish comes to us from aargersi, a long-time member (in the makes-us-want-to-move-to-Austin contingent of Food52ers) who has an impressive arsenal of featured recipes, many of them meaty, like her Barbacoa Beef Cheek Tacos.

In fact, she originally shared her Crispy Coconut Tofu with Burning Rings of Fire in order to “beef up the tofu selections” (her words!) here on the site, but this dish just so happens to be vegan. It’s hearty all right, and it even works well without the tofu (for any tofu skeptics), as nannydeb accidentally discovered:

Let me start this review by telling you that this dish would be perfectly fine without the tofu (for you tofu haters). How do I know this? I accidentally ate half of the crispy tofu while I was preparing the rest of the dish. With the eggplant, tomato, and onion, it's substantial on its own. Four jalapenos were the perfect amount of heat for me contrasting the sweet (light) coconut milk. When it was finished I tasted it and thought: 'Oh, I'll never go out for curry again,' it was so good. Then I saw the lime and basil sitting there and realized I had forgotten to add them, and after doing so, it was even better.

Photo by Bobbi Lin

The dish is in regular rotation at aargersi’s house, and for yours to be made with the same amount of love infused into it, you might want to follow her lead and sing the similarly named Johnny Cash song as you make it.

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