Mussels are the easiest choose-your-own-adventure one-pot meal around, and I intend to prove it to you. This version uses my standard steamed mussel technique and combines it with flavors from Central Thailand to create a dish whose basic process is pretty much identical to the French version, but whose end results are entirely different.
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Rich, creamy, and packed with uncompromising flavor from a slew of aromatics and shrimp paste, this classic Northern Thai soup combines tender braised chicken in a coconut-y curry broth with boiled and fried noodles. Our version is the real deal, straight from the streets of Chiang Mai.
You have to like both curry and fruit in savory places to be tempted by this salad from Terry Hope Romero's new vegan cookbook, Salad Samurai, because it's heavy in both. But if you're into that, which I happen to be, this salad will do you just right.
These flaky Jamaican meat patties are filled with curried ground beef, onion, garlic, and Scotch bonnet pepper, plus a slew of aromatic herbs and spices. Formed into half-moon shapes, the patties are cooked until golden in the oven—eating them is almost as good as an actual trip to Jamaica. Almost.
This vindaloo is made with pork meatballs, an array of peppers, juicy tomatoes, and a finishing sprinkle of cilantro. Serve it with pearl couscous, which stands up nicely to the bold sauce.
Scratch-made chicken curry is a thing of beauty, with far greater complexity than anything that comes out of a jar. Add supple rice noodles and an array of toppings, and consider me satisfied for the next week.
Clams are a great way to get into seafood stews and curries if you aren't quite ready to take the plunge into fish, and this stew, made with chilies, ginger, turmeric, tomatoes, and coconut, is a particularly good way to enjoy them.
This fragrant, hearty, Thai-style chicken curry tastes like it took hours to prepare, but it cooks in a pressure cooker in just 20 minutes. Pieces of sweet kabocha squash and eggplant break down into the coconut-milk-based sauce, thickening it and adding layers of flavor.
Quick and easy one-pot rice noodles with a fragrant curry sauce, tender poached shrimp, and bok choy.
No, this is not beef stew. This is actually Japanese curry, which is actually quite popular in that country.
The aroma of a good biryani is intoxicating as it cooks away slowly. Meat, spices and the fragrant Basmati rice make it a hearty, robust, all-in-one meal.
Blasted with lime, this red curry soup contains a commingling of chicken, kale, potatoes and mushrooms.
A quick and easy lentil soup flavored with a tangy curry yogurt.
If you like pork and offal, there's no looking back from this dish. Pork Sorpotel is a tangy, spicy preparation that tastes even better the next day.
Nadan Khozi is an aromatic chicken dish from Kerala, in southern India. Lightly roasted spices are blended together and gently simmered in coconut milk to give this dish a delicate smoky flavor.
Andy Ricker's Kaeng Khiaw Waan Luuk Chin Plaa (Green Curry With Fish Balls and Eggplant) From 'Pok Pok'
Green curry was the first Thai food I remember eating. My parents would make it with jarred curry paste, coconut milk, green beans, potatoes, and chicken--I trust many of you are familiar with this meal. I loved this curry, and in fact still make it occasionally when the craving strikes. The green curry in Andy Ricker's Pok Pok cookbook is nothing like that curry.
This duck curry from Katie Chin's new cookbook, Everyday Thai Cooking, is perhaps one of her richest: the generous pour of coconut milk and fat-laced duck meat definitely take the dish into stick-to-your-ribs comfort territory. Still, the bright sweetness of the pineapple and tomatoes, combined with the abundant fresh herbs and spicy curry paste, lightens the dish just enough to make it enjoyable even on a sunny October day.
Fiery Indian-style shrimp curry, made with a heady blend of spices, is served atop white rice and garnished with cilantro.