We’ve known folks who said “I don’t like curry”. Are you one of those folks? If so, we should talk because maybe there’s a missing link here that could possibly sway you over to the curry-lovers side. There’s so many different types of “curry” that no curry is ever created equal. In fact, the term “curry” is such a generic term for a beautiful kaleidoscope of spices used all over the world. We use it today to collectively describe a dish as having awesome flavor and of course, color.
Every “curry” or combination of spices is different and so are the flavors. Maybe you had a curry that had a concentration of a spice that didn’t appeal to you? Or maybe it was too flavorful that gave you heart-burn. Trust us, we’re all in the same boat. There are some curry combinations that we just can’t eat because they’re too strong, resulting in heart-burn that forces us to walk around the block a few times just so our meal can digest.
We empathize with all you curry-avoiders. But it doesn’t mean that you should avoid curry all together. There’s mild versions and recipes that give you just enough hint and subtle flavor to get you excited for the next bite. Let’s not give up on curry completely. Life is better with a bit of spice.
What we propose is to start small and slow. Every recipe can be adjusted to taste and make it your own with what ever you want in any combination that works for you. This coconut curry recipe we made last year for our zucchini project is one of those that is the perfect starting point to customize the flavors to your personal taste buds.
There’s something for everyone in this curry recipe. Don’t like shrimp? Add more veggies, chicken or your favorite protein. Like more flavor? Add more curry powder, garlic and spice. This recipe is easy and perfect to make if you’re a newbie.
This is our go-to curry recipe and every time we make it, it’s never the same twice. That’s the beauty of curry because the possibilities are endless and with that, hopefully it’ll be able to have something special for everyone to enjoy.
diane and todd
Each brand of curry will have a different spice level and flavor profile. Adjust the cayenne and curry to your preference.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 medium onion , minced
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 inch knob ginger , minced
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder , or to taste
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1-2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 14 ounces coconut milk
- 3/4 pound zucchini , (1 med. zucchini) chopped
- 1 small bell pepper , diced
- 1 pound shrimp , peeled and deveined
- chopped cilantro or fresh basil for garnish , optional
- Kosher salt , to taste
- black pepper , to taste
Heat large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add oil, then onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook until translucent.
Add curry powder, cayenne powder, chicken stock, fish sauce, and coconut milk. Combine to break up all lumps of spices. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to low. Simmer coconut curry sauce for about 5 minutes.
Add zucchini, bell peppers and shrimp. Cook for additional 5 minutes, or until shrimp I cooked through and zucchini is tender. Taste for flavor and add salt and pepper, if desired.
Garnish with basil and/or cilantro and enjoy warm over rice, blanched zucchini noodles, pasta or with bread.