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Fast 'n Flavorful Weeknight Curry

Created January 10, 2017
Fast 'n Flavorful Weeknight Curry
All these top-rated meatless, shrimp and chicken curry recipes take 30 minutes or less!

Curry recipes satisfy. Savvy cooks looking for something different for weeknight dinner turn to curry as a comforting supper fix after a long day's work. All these top-rated meatless, shrimp and chicken curry recipes take 30 minutes or less. Most need little to accompany them other than fresh seasonal fruit, flat bread and a creamy dessert. Enjoy.

Curry—So Much to Know

  • Curry is any dish that consists of either meat, fish, poultry, legumes, vegetables, or fruits, simmered in or covered with a sauce, gravy, or other liquid that is redolent with any number of freshly ground and very fragrant spices and/or herbs. 
  • Authentic Indian curry powder is freshly ground each day, and it varies dramatically depending on the region and the cook. We’re more likely to find a commercial curry powder near other spices in the grocery store. Those labeled ‘Madras’ are hotter. 
  • Curry powder is a ground blend of as many as 20 different spices. 
  • Curry pastes are a spicy staple of many Thai and other Asian or Indian recipes. You’ll find red curry paste in some of our Thai recipes. Look for it in jars, containers and packets in the ethnic aisle of large grocery stores. Here is more on curry pastes: 
    •  Red curry paste (prig gang ped)—blends red chili peppers with shallots, garlic, coriander, peppercorns with unique Thai ingredients like shrimp paste, lemon grass, kaffir lime peel and Thai ginger (galangal). 
    • Green curry paste (prig gang kew kwan)—blends green chili peppers with ingredients similar to red curry paste. 
    • Masaman curry paste (prig gang masaman)—blends many ground dry spices, such as cumin, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves with clarified butter (ghee) to make a paste; used in Indian-inspired curries. 
    • Phanang curry paste (prig gang phanang)—blends milder ingredients than other Thai curry pastes. 
    • Yellow curry paste (prig gang leung)—blends ingredients similar to red and green curry pastes, but turmeric, and sometimes yellow chili peppers, added gives this curry paste its yellow color.