Monday, June 11, 2012

Hot beef, broccoli, and coconut red curry


Curry is such a great quick dinner. Thai red curry tends to be quick because I cheat and use pre-made paste. I do this because it can be difficult to find all of the authentic ingredients to make your own curry paste at home. I did make my own green curry paste when I had a lot of Thai basil and while it wasn't 100% authentic, it was really fresh, flavorful, and yummy. I planted some Thai basil this year and hoping that it does well so I can make a big batch of paste. Curry is one of those dishes that just makes me happy. It's so versatile - you can add pretty much any vegetables and/or meat that you want, and even fruit like mango and pineapple.

Coconut milk and unrefined coconut oil are quickly becoming staples in my kitchen and my diet. I absolutely love them both. I went to a class recently called "The Skinny on Fats" and have been reading a lot on this topic. Some similar information can be found on this site. I'm always trying to learn more about a healthy diet and trying to eat more whole and traditional foods. Coconut oil has been a pretty recent addition to our diet, and now I love to use it in cooking and baking.


Hot beef, broccoli, and coconut red curry
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons red curry paste (start with 2 and add more later, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
1/4 of a small onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (~15.5 oz.) coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce
about 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
about 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce (more or less depending on heat level you like) 
juice of half a lime
about 1 pound thinly sliced sirloin steak, preferably grass-fed
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
1/4 cup lightly toasted coconut flakes
roughly chopped cilantro, for serving 
1 cup Jasmine rice, cooked to package directions

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the curry paste, turmeric, onion, and garlic. Fry for about 1 minute, just until fragrant. Then add the coconut milk and stir until well-combined. Stir in the fish sauce, brown sugar, chili-garlic sauce, and lime juice. Let the mixture heat through, then taste and adjust those four ingredients as needed to get the right combination of salty/sweet/hot/sour.

Add the beef and broccoli and let the mixture come to a boil. Gently boil for about 2-3 minutes, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beef is cooked through and the broccoli is fork-tender, about 5-6 minutes.

Stir in about half the coconut flakes. Serve with the cooked rice, topped with the remaining coconut flakes, cilantro, and extra chili-garlic sauce. If you want to present your rice as I did, just use any small glass or bowl. Lightly wet the inside and the gently pack it full of rice. Invert over your serving dish/bowl and let it gently slide out.


What was I cooking one year ago?: cheese ravioli with roasted vegetables
Two years ago?: rhubarb bellinis

18 comments:

  1. Curry is definitely one of my favorite meals! So flavorful and a great way to get your veggies and your protein in.

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  2. I LOVE red curries! They're so flavorful and so PRETTY... they come up much nicer on camera than green or yellow. I am sure I would love this.

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  3. Nothing wrong with using pre-made paste! Who makes their own curries on the weekdays anyway?? :) I miss making curries. I now have 3 kids, so if I do make a curry dish, I have to make a non-curry one for them...coz I like mine with lots of spice and heat!!! Oooh-yah!

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  4. My hubby loves curry, so it's a dish I make often at home:) Thanks for sharing your recipe... looks so good.

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  5. This curry does have some tasty elements and I love that big scoop of rice on top! Seeing all the big chunks of veggies in that sauce sure is making me crave this. Saving this recipe-delicious post!

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  6. Perfect for a midweek dinner when I'm flailing a little. Gorgeous.

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  7. Oh Amy, this bowl looks delicious, so tasty with the coconut milk and curry paste...yum! Love this kind of meal!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

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  8. I love curry! And coconut oil! Just the smell of it alone is divine. This looks insanely good! I'm craving curry now!

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  9. I've been jonesing for a curry. I'll have to make this one!

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  10. This is my kind of dish! I woke up today to freezing weather(well, in the low 50s, lol!) and I think this would be perfect for tonight's dinner!

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  11. Oh yum! This looks perfect! I love the combination of ingredients. So comforting

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  12. i don't eat beef, but man this looks good. i would totally substitute the beef with tofu, i loveeeee coconut red curry.

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  13. This is the kind of food that we are craving for our current chilly winter... Yum!

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  14. Indian kitchen is full of flavors and aromas! This curry falls exactly into this category!

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  15. oh wow, this sounds amazing! this is the second curry recipe i've run across on blogs today + now i'm craving curry in a big way!

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  16. This my kind food ! Comforting & so ever deliciously HOT! Looks so inviting, love to have some like NOW! LOL

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  17. Love curry and this looks wonderful Amy!

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  18. I'm glad you left me a comment. Now I am reading through your blog and enjoying your latest posts. I feel like we are similar, in the sense that we appreciate tasty, healthy food and do not consider ourselves experts but really want to learn more about cooking/baking etc. through our blogs. I really like the variety of recipes from different cultures on your blog.

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