Make Your Own Peanut Curry? Yes, You Can!
Are you looking for more ways to add veggie-only dishes into your diet? I admit that it’s definitely something that I try hard to include in my weekly menus. I do, however, find it more difficult in finding tasty-looking recipes when they do not have some chicken, pork, etc. I’d like to change this way of thinking not only in my household but hopefully in yours, too!
Believe it or not, there are so many wonderful ways of enjoying veggie-only dishes.
This week’s review is certainly one of those ways.
We are checking out a recipe for a Vegan Thai Peanut Curry by Six Hungry Feet. You can find the recipe right -> here!
Making The Peanut Curry…
I feel like I’ve made plenty of curries before, but certainly never like this. This recipe does not call for using a curry paste or anything that has been premade for you. Nooo, you get to make these flavors come alive by combining the required ingredients, which are not too obscure. If you’ve ventured into Mexican or Indian cooking, you’re likely to have all the necessary spices for this dish.
One of the coolest parts of this recipe is being able to see the layers of flavor build. You cook the onions, carrots, ginger, and garlic along with the spices. Then, you blend that up with veggie stock, peanuts, soy sauce (tamari for gluten-free), and a little bit of sugar until you get this beautiful yellow and creamy curry base. Holy smokes–it’s certainly my favorite part.
If someone tells you that making a curry from scratch is too complicated, then please do your part as a good human being and tell them how very wrong they are. Anyone can do it!
But Wait—What About The Tofu?
I wasn’t about to miss out on what I find to be a star of this peanut curry. The firm block of tofu used in this dish has such a delightful combination of spices, including cinnamon! Yes! Don’t be taken back by its inclusion in this dish, it honestly adds such a wonderful aroma that carries into the finished product. It’s subtle, but it has earned its place for sure.
Since the tofu isn’t crisped up, it does tend to fall apart a bit once it’s in the pan. Normally, it would drive me nuts, but in this case, it’s perfectly fine. It adds to the thickness of the curry. It’s another layer of texture alongside the chopped veggies of your choice. I think having the tofu and the chopped veggies takes away any real want for meat in this dish. The flavors are soo well-rounded that they satisfy every requirement for a delicious meal.
If you really wanted, could you sub in chicken? Sure, but unless you’re allergic to tofu, I vote you give it a try the way it is intended. 😉 Don’t be afraid of the tofu! It’s delicious!
But Grey–Isn’t This Peanut Curry Super Time Consuming?
Despite this recipe having multiple parts, it’s really quite simple. Six Hungry Feet writes out the directions extremely clearly, so there is no confusion on how this needs to be made. The pacing of each step is just right. There was no point where I felt like I was being rushed through each step.
Can this be made during the week? After work? Absolutely. I honestly don’t see why not. It really doesn’t require you to be standing over the stove for longer than 20 minutes. Even then, the simmering time doesn’t require you to be watching the curry like an infant. This Vegan Thai Peanut Curry is perfect for any day of the week.
Grey’s Grade: 5/5
Veggies don’t have to be boring or done the same way each and every time. Combine some wonderful spices and you’re in for a flavor explosion. On top of the spices, you had wonderful texture with the use of firm tofu and chopped veggies.
Now while the spices do their thing and simmer, this recipe for peanut curry still leaves room for you to add your personal touch and preference. You can add any other chopped veggies into the mix, if you’d like. I ended up using zucchini, red pepper, and broccoli. Adding in additional veggies into the simmering curry adds additional texture to the final product. See? You can totally make it your own!
This truly has to be one of my more favorite recipes for a curry–especially one that is meat-free.
Do you have a favorite all veggie recipe? Let me know in the comments below–I’d be so happy to check them out!
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