Fusion cuisine should have its own facebook page. And I'm sure I'll be a friend then. There are some great outcomes when wonderful cuisines are fused together. Ask Wolfgang Puck - and he'll say Amen. But then there are some fusion dishes that should not see the light of day. Like kofta balls in rasam. I don't think I want to go there.
But I surely want to go here - Thai Curry Pasta.
Long ago, when I was not so occupied (translation-lazy), I added a recipe request form to this blog. And promised to cook whatever someone asked. Like I said, that was long ago. My apologies for not keeping up my word. But I'm going to take baby steps and try to complete most of the requests. So, here's a post for Amrut who had asked for a thai curry pasta recipe. Amrut - I hope you still are interested in this. Here's the delicious dish just for you!
Cook Pasta al dente. I've used Penne here but you could use your favorite pasta. Linguini would be good here too and look like noodles. Add a tsp of salt to the water while cooking the pasta.
For the veggies, chop up some broccoli, carrots, green beans. Once the pasta is done, just strain out the pasta from the water and while the water is still boiling, add the veggies in there and switch off the stove immediately. You don't want the veggies to be over cooked - just blanched a little. Drain out the veggies in about 3-4 mins and pour cold water once to stop cooking.
And now on to make the curry paste. Here's what I used -
half a medium onion roughly chopped
Garlic - about 4-5
Ginger - about 2 inch piece roughly chopped
Coriander seeds - 2 tsps
Black Peppercorns - a few
Dried Red Chilli - 4-5
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Lemon Grass - 1-2 tsps (paste)
Just add all of them raw into a mixer to make a paste.
For a kick, add 1 tsps of brown sugar to the rest of the ingredients.
Grind into a coarse paste and then add a little oil and grind to a smooth paste.
In a wide pan, add about 2 tsps of oil. Throw in some onions and bell peppers and saute for a couple of mins.
For the curry, I used some light coconut milk. Add the paste and fry for a couple of mins, and then add about 1/2 can of the coconut milk. Add salt to taste just enough for the curry.
Add 1 tomato chopped and deseeded.
Then, add all the veggies to the curry. Mix well and cook for maybe a min.
Add fresh chopped cilantro to the curry.
And finally, add the cooked pasta to the curry. Mix well for a couple of mins.
And there you go - some delicious juicy curry pasta.
You could add some fresh or fried tofu to enhance this dish. Enjoy a nice warm meal with your family. And pass on my regards to them!
Enjoy. Peace Out!