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Author Notes: I thought I’d share this recipe for the fastest curry I’ve ever whipped up. It’s delicate, flavoursome, light and best of all, you can have it from farm (or fridge!) to plate in 10 minutes.
Store-bought curry paste isn’t my preference but I’m all for shortcuts in the kitchen and when you’re counting down the minutes until you can unwind after a long day, it’s a shortcut I’m willing to take. Still, it’s not a shortcut I like to take often. Enter my gluten-free, curry paste-free, vegan Thai yellow curry made in just 10 minutes. How? The trick, my friends, is concentrated tamarind.
If you have a few more minutes to spare, you could bake some tofu for some extra protein. It will probably take you about 35 mins to prep and cook this dish if you decide you want to do the tofu, but it’s worth it. Especially if you coat the tofu in a special spice mix. —Alannah | Kale Mary
For the tofu
- 250 grams organic non-GMO tofu, cut into triangles
- 4 tablespoons vegan fish sauce (see note)
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons dried wakame flakes
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the curry
- 1 brown onion, halved and cut into even slices
- 1 mild red chilli, de-seeded and sliced longways
- 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 clove fresh garlic, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 270 milliliters coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons filtered water
- 1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder
- 200 grams baby spinach
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
- Marinate the tofu in vegan fish sauce and lemon juice for at least 5 minutes in the fridge (the longer, the better, but who has time to wait?). Then, in a small bowl, combine the wakame, garlic, paprika and salt. Add each piece of tofu to the mix and evenly coat.
- Place tofu on a baking tray and put in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Cook onion in a wide-based saucepan over a medium heat. Once soft, add the ginger, chilli and garlic (both fresh and dried) and cook until fragrant. Add the cumin and stir until mixed through.
- Add the coconut milk, water and vegetable stock powder and cook for a minute longer before adding the spinach. Cook until spinach has wilted then serve into bowls with some steamed rice and a couple of pieces of baked tofu on top.
- NOTE: Vegan fish sauce is available from Asian grocery stores. Look out for it in the vegetarian section. Otherwise, check out the internet. Not vegan? Use real fish sauce.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with a Smarty Pants Trick or Technique