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Curried Fish in Banana Leaves
January 7, 2012, 8:39 am
Filed under: Fish, Main Course | Tags: , , ,

 

I actually made this curried fish a while ago, but I’m just now getting around to posting it, because I was thinking I may make it again tonight for dinner.  When Lulu’s Hypermarket first opened almost two months ago, I was immediately enamored with their produce section.  There is so much exotic produce, sometimes I just walk around in circles trying to decide what I would like to try next.  One of my first “exotic” purchases was these banana leaves.   

I thought they were a great and healthy way to steam fish.  Their flavor is subtle, and to be honest, the curry covered most of it, but it kept the hamour moist and tender. 

Curried Hamour in Banana Leaves

Ingredients:

1 kg Fresh firm white fish, such as hamour (that’s about 2lbs)

1 banana leaf for each piece of fish

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoons lemongrass, chopped

1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoons red curry paste*

1 cups unsweetened coconut milk

2 cups chicken stock

1 tablespoons fish sauce

1/2 teaspoons sugar

Cilantro for garnish

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Sautee garlic, lemon grass and ginger in a pot.  Add curry paste and sauté one more minute.  Whisk in coconut milk, chicken stock and fish sauce.  Add sugar and cook 5 minutes.  Divide the sauce.

Place a piece of fish on each banana leaf; pour half of the sauce over the filets.  Wrap up the banana leaf around the fish and place in a baking dish, seam side down. 

Bake 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.  Serve the fish with the remaining sauce, sprinkle with cilantro and white rice.

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Spicy Curried Turkey Noodle Soup
November 30, 2011, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Main Course, Soups | Tags: , , ,

I usually don’t make anything with Thanksgiving leftovers.  I don’t mean they go in the trash, I mean we eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until the food is gone (which usually takes a few days around here.)  In years past, it’s been just my husband and I to devour a whole 15 pound turkey (don’t judge.)  This year I was happy that everyone ate turkey, including “C” who never eats meat, but it seemed that after a few days we still had tons of turkey even though all of the side dishes had been eaten.  Well, I went about spending a day making turkey stock, but decided I really wanted to make something right away with the stock as well as with all of the turkey meat still in the fridge.  I’ve wanted to make a curried noodle soup for a long time, but have always been intimidated by curry before.  I thought about just making my Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup but with turkey, but then I thought, no that’s lame.  I didn’t spend a whole day making stock just to make the same old soup (even if it is really good!)  Go big or go home, right?!?!  I knew this soup would probably be an epic failure, or a great success, I suppose there isn’t much in-between when it comes to curry. 

Lucky for my family it was a success.  It was very spicy the first day, even my daughter and husband who like things extra spicy kept reaching for the water, but it did not lack in flavor.  When we had the left over’s the second day, the level of heat had come down, but the entire flavor remained.  I’m still thinking about that soup and wishing I had made a bigger pot.  Even “M” is still asking for more spicy noodles!

Spicy Curried Turkey Noodle  Soup

Adapted from Spicy Curry Noodle Soup with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes at epicurious.com

Ingredients:

 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tablespoons lemongrass, chopped

2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger

2 tablespoons red curry paste*

3 tablespoons spicy curry powder

3 cups unsweetened coconut milk

5 cups turkey stock

2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 teaspoons sugar

1 pound spaghetti noodles

3 cups cooked turkey meat, shredded or cut into cubes

2 cups fresh spinach leaves.

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced for garnish

3 tablespoons green onion, chopped for garnish

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish

1/4 cup honey roasted peanuts for garnish

1 lime, cut into wedges for garnish

Preparation:

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add next 4 ingredients; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in curry paste and curry powder. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk.  Stir until thick and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add remaining coconut milk, broth, fish sauce, and sugar; bring broth to boil.  Boil for 5 minutes, then reduce to a simmer and add the spinach and turkey meat until spinach is wilted and the turkey is warmed through.

 While broth comes to a boil, add spaghetti to a large pot of salted, boiling water and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.

 To assemble the soup, put noodles in each bowl, cover with turkey, spinach and broth.  Top with any of the additional garnishes.

 

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