Somebody asked me where I had learnt to cook. The question was simple yet it made me think for sometime before I replied.
Honestly, how have we all learnt to cook ? For me it began at home. But it was not until I shifted to Delhi, did I actually cook. New and unknown city, people and no friends 😦 I started reading up the recipe sections in the newspaper, magazines and started watching cookery shows on TV. Made new friends, exchanged recipes and that is how my cooking lessons began and continues till date. Only now there are unlimited shows, books, blogs, youtube channels etc.
My fascination with celebrity chefs never ends. They make it look so effortless 😉 Here is chef, who is not a professional chef but cooks up amazing dishes. Niru Gupta, an author of 9 cookery books, graduated with Economics Honors from Bombay University. Cooking evolved as a passion after marriage, and led to various related activities like catering and classes. Thai vegetarian Red curry with Tofu is an adaptation of one of her recipe.
Thai cuisine is unique in it’s simplicity and easy to cook. This is a simple curry to make with just a handful of choice vegetables. Adding tofu is optional. One can use cottage cheese/ paneer in place of tofu.
This recipe uses market bought Red Curry paste.
8-9 pieces – cubed tofu
1 cup – chopped spring/ green onion
1/2 cup – halved mushrooms
1 cup – red and yellow bell pepper cut into 2 inch strips
1/2 cup – diagonally cut baby corn
3 tbsp – red curry paste
250 ml – coconut milk
1 tsp – sugar (optional)
1 tbsp – oil
salt to taste
Heat oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Saute the tofu for a couple of minutes. Drain in on a kitchen paper.
Add the curry paste and fry well till fragrant. Add the onion, mushroom, bell peppers and corn and fry for a few mins till they are well coated with the curry paste.
Pour in the coconut milk.
Bring the milk to boil, lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 mins. Season with sugar and salt and cook for another 2 mins.
Take it off fire.
Serve hot with rice.
Here it is served with black jasmine rice, sauteed vegetables and Breaded Chicken patties.
Happy cooking !! 🙂
Cheers !! 😀
Note : **Breaded Chicken patties recipe will follow in the next post.