I love to experience new types of foods! Especially when I am traveling.
Indian food is one that I love, and I shared a little bit about one of my favorite recipes on Instagram last week, and so many people were asking for the recipe, so I thought I would share it with you along with the story about how we came to love it so much!
A few years ago, Matt and I had the opportunity to travel to India with the John Maxwell organization Equip. We went to India to train leaders.
Matt has been about nine times, and I have been three times.
Going to India was definitely a culture shock because their culture is so different than ours, but we love India. We love the people, the history, and the food.
On one of the trips, the associate pastor of New Life Church, who was hosting the event, asked us where we wanted to eat. I was so excited we were going out in the city. Before, we had just eaten Indian food in the hotel. I told the pastor to pick because he knew the best places. We all decided to dress in traditional Indian clothes. I couldn’t wait!
When I told Matt, he had a shocked look on his face because he got very sick eating in the hotel the last time he was in India. So he was out for a couple of weeks trying to get rid of the parasite in his body.
I convinced him to do it because it would fun! It would be an experience that he would not forget, and he would love it.
So the pastor and his family came and got us, and off we went to someplace in Chani, India.
We turned down what would look like a back alley in America and then walked up a set of stairs that looked like a fire escape in an old building. We just followed the pastor and his family.
The lighting was very dark, and we were definitely the only white people in the restaurant. When we sat down, Matt looked at me and asked me if I was ok? I told him I was great and said, “Isn’t this going to be so much fun?” One thing I love about Matt is that he will always get out of his comfort zone.
In India, they eat with their right hand. There was no silverware, so we were forced to eat with our hands and have a full Indian dinner experience.
The food was amazing, and we loved being with Pastor Raja and his family.
After all of our trips to India, we have fallen in love with Indian food. So when I find a recipe with curry and Indian spices, I will give it a try.
So here is a favorite of Matt and mine. Give it a try. You might not ever be able to go to India, but you sure can enjoy their food and all the flavors and spices they use.
Easy Vegetarian Red Curry
Serve it as is or over brown rice or quinoa. You can add whatever veggies, meat, or fish you have on hand. Add the fresh herbs or leave them out, same with the crushed peanuts or almonds.
2 Tbs coconut oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 cups mushrooms sliced
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 broccoli stalks, chopped
2 small red peppers or red chilis, sliced
1 cup string beans, ends removed and cut
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup mint
2 (13.5 oz) cans full fat coconut milk
3 Tbs fish sauce
3 Tbs red curry paste
1 Tbs real maple syrup
1/2 cup peanuts or almonds crushed
Take a medium pot with a lid and add coconut oil, then set your stovetop to medium heat.
Once hot, add garlic, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper, and sauté for 5 minutes.
Now add broccoli, red pepper or red chili, string beans, fresh basil, fresh mint, coconut milk, fish sauce, red curry paste, and maple syrup.
Bring to a quick boil, then immediately reduce to low, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes so all the flavors can come together and veggies are tender.
Sprinkle crushed peanuts or almond over the top and serve immediately.
Let me know if you try it and also if you have a favorite recipe that you love!