Thai Massaman Beef Curry

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My obsession with Thai food is fairly recent but pretty intense. I always loved Chinese food, but Thai food combines ingredients like Coconut milk and spices like Cumin and Coriander which are very popular in Indian cuisine as well. I started mastering the basics like red and green curry and moved on to Massaman & Panang. Each spice base has someone the same ingredients but are very distinct in their taste.

 

The Massaman curry base is very unique – spices like fennel, cumin, coriander, cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon and black peppercorns are pounder together with the usual suspects, red chillies, shallots, lemongrass, ginger and galangal. And of course it’s finished off with fish sauce and shrimp paste. If you like to make a vegetarian or vegan version of the paste substitute light soya and spicy bean paste for the fish sauce and shrimp paste. I’ve used this to make a delicious Thai Massaman Noodle Salad and in a Peanut sauce and now I’m going to simmer chunks of meat in this blend of spices and creamy Coconut milk. This curry is hearty, cooked together with potatoes, studded with peanuts and served with some Jasmine rice, you gotta try it.

Thai Massaman Beef Curry

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Beef cut into small cubes
  • 400 ml Coconut Milk (full fat is better)
  • 2 tbsps Massaman Curry paste
  • ¼ cup roasted Peanuts
  • 3-4 Bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp Palm sugar
  • 1 or more tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 cup potatoes cubed
  • ½ cup onions cut in small quarters
  • Juice of ½ Lime
  • 2-3 tbsps chopped Coriander
  • 1 small red Chilli – 1 tsp finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a wok heat up about 100 m of the coconut milk and heat it the oil separates from the solids
  2. Add the Massaman curry paste and mix with the separated Coconut Milk
  3. Add the Beef cubes and saute
  4. Add the rest of the Coconut milk
  5. Add the roasted Peanuts
  6. Add 1 tbsp Tamarind paste
  7. Add the Bay leaves and Palm sugar
  8. Add the Fish sauce and mix
  9. Add the cubed Potatoes and the quartered Onions
  10. Cook this low and slow for 40 – 60 mins
  11. Add additional Fish sauce if required
  12. Add the finely chopped red Chilli
  13. Add the Lime juice and fresh Coriander
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Chicken Fajitas – A DJ BBQ recipe for Food Revolution Day

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Food Revolution is an event I like to participate in yearly. It resonates so well with me as this is something I live with my own kids. Growing up with grandmothers, aunts and my own mother who are excellent cooks, it never occurred to me that there are so many kids out there that have to fill themselves up with empty calories like deep fried foods and candy.

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Did you know that diet related illnesses are the no 1 reason for childhood obesity? This is a global epidemic – over 42 million children are obese or overweight under the ages of 5. We need to stand behind Jamie and support instituting compulsory practical food education in schools across the world, share it via your social networks and educate the kids around you. Do your part and help change our children’s futures – sign the petition link at the end of this video.
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To mark this event, I decided to remake DJ BBQ’s recipe for Chicken Fajitas and show my son Aaron how to prepare this himself. Both my boys will soon be off to University and while I’m sure they will not always find the time to prepare their own meals, they will at least make the right food choices. Well that’s the hope anyway.
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I met DJ BBQ on the set of Jamie Oliver’s Pressure Cooker a reality show that pita home cooks against each other producing a gourmet meal under a tight timeline for the Time’s restaurant critic Giles Coren. Hid recipe for Chicken Fajitas is not only delicious, it’s fresh and nutritious when you make your own pico de gallo and guacamole. Making food fun is a great way to get your kids into the kitchen and in charge of what they put into their mouths.
 
Chicken Fajitas – A DJ BBQ recipe for Food Revolution Day

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 2 pounds chicken butterflied chicken breasts
  • Marinade
  • 1 tsp each Paprika, Cayenne, Garlic and Onion powder, Cumin powder, Mexican Chilli powder, Sea Salt and Brown Sugar
  • Juice of one Lime
  • Splash of Ginger Ale
  • 2 Peppers
  • 2 –3 Jalapeños
  • Tortillas
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de gallo
  • Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Process
  2. Make the marinade by mixing the dry and wet ingredients together
  3. Marinade the chicken for an hour
  4. Slice the Jalapeños horizontally and remove the seeds
  5. Cut the peppers into strips
  6. Cook the peppers on a hot grill so they are slightly charred
  7. Add the chicken and the jalapeños
  8. Remove when cooked and slice
  9. Heat the tortillas
  10. Assemble the Fajita – Guacamole, Sour cream, Pico de gallo, Chicken and peppers and top with the sliced jalapenos
  11. Enjoy!
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