To most of us, “cut and paste” implies taking shortcuts and not doing things the right way. This particular bit of “cut and paste” is the logical, easy end result of really doing the right thing. My last post on this blog was for a delicious Thai style red curry paste prepared in bulk. Doing that facilitates the cut and paste approach to making a really beautiful Thai Red Beef Curry. All you need to do is cut the ingredients and add the paste before a rudimentary bit of cooking.
The ingredients for this curry are scant in the extreme as long as you only pay attention to the non paste ingredients. As the paste is in the last post, here’s all you will need if you have done the right thing and made your own paste.
- 1 kilo of good quality beef shin, cubed
- 3 tablespoons of my Thai style curry paste
- 1 can 400 ml of coconut milk
- 2 large onions
- 2 red bell peppers
- 250ml (half pint) of good beef stock
- 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
- 1 handful of coriander (cilantro)
The cooking instructions are a dream. And you have time to dream as the beef needs to be marinaded in the curry paste, ideally for 24 hours.
Do that first. Take the marinaded beef from the fridge and let it get back to room temperature.
Add some oil to a medium hot pan and fry the beef until nice and brown on two of the sides. This intensifies the flavours and cooks the paste ingredients into the bargain.
While this is going on, cut the onions and peppers into pieces about the same size of the beef cubes. Fry the onions until soft in a casserole large enough for all the ingredients.
When these are translucent, add the fried beef, peppers, stock, coconut milk and fish sauce. Bring it to a gentle boil, stirring to combine. Then pop it into a 180ºC (350ºF) fan oven for a couple of hours. Check every now and again to be sure the sauce hasn’t over-thickened. If it has, stir in a bit of water to solve the issue.
Tear off lots of the coriander leaves, chop and stir into the mixture. Serve with rice or naan breads. I served with white rice this time, with a sprinkling of coriander leaves and a nice cold beer to take the edge off that hot sauce. This is a case of “cut and paste” really being the right way to go. Enjoy.