Thursday, November 09, 2006

Green Bean Curry

1 lb fresh green beans [if necessary, you may substitute whole frozen ones]
2 T Thai Curry Paste (I like to use the "Key" brand packets of either
"Country Curry" or "Red Curry"; but they are all flavorful.
Mae Ploy and Tommy Tang are other good brands.
2 T vegetable oil
Bamboo shoots (optional; I like to use a large can of bamboo tips because
they are tender and I can cut them into 1/4 inch thick round slices.
You can also use a couple of the small cans of sliced bamboo shoots,
but they will not absorb the flavor as well. I think carrots cut into
coins would also be good, if you like those. I tried potatoes once,
but they just disintegrated.)
6 c chicken broth

Clean and pick green bean tips. In a dutch oven (or equivalent size vessel),
heat oil. Add curry paste and "fry" until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add
broth, green beans, bamboo shoots (or other vegetable). Bring to a rapid
boil and cook like that for about 15-20 minutes (watching that liquid doesn't
reduce too much; add water as necessary). Reduce heat to a hard simmer and
continue cooking until green beans are VERY done and have absorbed the
flavor of the curry broth. Serve in bowls over rice.


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