This Thai Pork, Mushroom and Peanut Red Curry is a quick and easy recipe anyone can make in 15 minutes
I’m always looking for great tasting and healthy recipes, which can be knocked up in less time than it takes Lionel Messi to peel his half-time oranges. As much as I enjoy cooking more complicated dishes, real-life doesn’t always provide the time. Common alternatives when time is a constraint can be pretty bland and often unhealthy, microwaveable ready-meals, takeaways, you know what I’m talking about!
I’m here to show you that food can be quick, but still taste great and be healthy!
One of the best cuisines for hitting these goals has got to be Thai. The fresh, zingy, spicy flavours are not only like a party in your mouth but the rest of your body loves you for the experience too. Here are a few reasons to eat more Thai
- Quick and easy to cook
- Full of fast cooking veggies, easy to hit your 5-a-day
- Fast cooking food maintains more of it’s nutritional value
- Garlic, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, and chillies are full of health benefits
- Spicy foods boost your metabolism
- Great for using up leftovers
- Convenient to reheat for a tasty lunch at work
- Thai people always look healthy, they’ve gotta be doing something right!
Choosing your ingredients
Thai cooking is all about the balance of flavour, between salty, sweet, sour and adding heat. Staples for Thai cooking include Nam pla (Thai fish sauce), soy sauce, lime juice and coconut milk for the curry dishes. All of which can be purchased at any good supermarket.
I always recommend preparing fresh ingredients where possible, but buying a good quality Thai red curry paste is all you need. It’s fun to make your own, but to be honest the flavours develop better over time anyway, so the shop bought pastes are already matured in flavour and save time. Avoid any of the UK branded pastes, I’ve tried them and they’re not the same. They tend to be watered down versions meant to appeal to middle-class shoppers who are scared of leaving their comfort zone. You know the type, the one’s who think an M&S Thai curry is the real deal. But as a fellow foodie we know it’s not, it’s pleasant and safe, but not ever to be mistaken for the real thing.
In the world food sections of the larger supermarkets, your local Asian supermarket or online you can easily buy authentic Thai curry pastes. Look for brands such as Mae Ploy, Mae Anong or Maesri.
Thai Pork, Mushroom and Peanut Red Curry
This dish is a combination of existing flavours that work well together. The recipe is so simple that when you get positive feedback from your dinner guests you’d almost be embarrassed to accept it. However, you should embrace it, and build your confidence to embark on your next culinary adventure!