Evil Jungle Curry
1 lb extra-firm tofu (pre-marinated can be tasty)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
3 tablespoons Jungle Curry Paste (recipe follows)
2 cups vegetable stock
½ pounds Chinese eggplant, chopped
½ pounds long beans, I inch pieces
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 fresh kaffir lime leaves (or 4 dried, or zest from 2 limes)
½ cup chopped basil
Heat the oil in a big pot or wok. Add garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until browned. Add curry paste and cook for 30 seconds. Add tofu and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes (till it starts to get a bit brown). Add the broth and bring it to a boil. Add the eggplant, beans, soy sauce, lime leaves or zest, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the vegetables are softer. If using the lime leaves, discard them. Remove from heat and stir in the basil.
***JUNGLE CURRY PASTE***
2 lg Shallots, minced
1 tb Minced garlic
1 tb Peeled, minced fresh galangal or 2 tb minced ginger
1 Inch piece fresh lemongrass, minced
8 Dried whole red chilies, with seeds, minced, or: 2 1/2 ts Crushed red-pepper flakes
2 ts Minced cilantro root
1 Fresh kaffir lime leaf, minced or 1/2 ts lime zest
1/2 ts Salt
Pound and grind everything together in a bowl, combine all the ingredients until it forms a paste. (can be made ahead of time and refrigerated/frozen)
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Recently escaped circus performer (ambidextrous!) seeks carny girl who is good with a knife and stinks of motor oil. Must like curry.
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My dog (the one that could talk) used to tell me, "Y'know Phillip, I really do like the way you cook your noodles, but they could do with a bit less vinegar."
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I am spicy, savory, and good with rice