The greatest asian contribution to my eating habits would have to be curry. Easy to throw together, although they can use a lot of spices, and slow cook like a stew or casserole. Then so many variations on a theme, from a vindaloo to rangdang, green Thai to Sri Lankan coconut. A quick check of my cookbook collection would show that I have more dedicated to curry than any other category of food. The good news is the leftovers freeze well and often taste even better after reheating. Also being a stew type of dish work well with cheaper cuts of meat.
And if you love chilies the spiciness is easily adjusted to your own personal pain tolerance. For me, the ideal amount results in all the pores on your face opening at once and getting that pumped-up-on dopamine feeling where your head is floating above your shoulders.
I have to admit that when I was growing up, and despite several years living in southeast asia, I didn’t like curry. I have spoken to numerous people who say the same thing, that as a kid didn’t eat curry and as an adult love it. So other than for breakfast, I now love it. So this is one from Sri Lanka that I have made several times.
Like all curries, a collection of spices is needed, some of which require an expedition to the Asian / Indian importer. The most difficult to find of these was the fenugreek, which is optional but worth including; most of the others were from a local supermarket. [Read more…] about Sri Lankan Chicken Curry Recipe