Silken tofu and pineapple red curry13

Posted on October 8, 2012 by ChristieDinner Time, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Spicy, sweet, crunchy and silky – this red curry has got it all going on!

Adapted from a duck red curry I made earlier in the year, it’s the perfect dish for a Meatless Monday feast – and you definitely won’t miss the meat. At all.

I don’t know about you, but Thai curries just have to be my favourite of all the global curries. I particularly love the Thai red ones as they include tropical fruits like lychee and pineapple that really help to cut through the spiciness and richness.

A few weeks ago at Byron Farmers Market I stumbled across a stall with a man selling fresh kaffir lime leaves and I snatched up a few bundles. They freeze really well, so most went straight into the freezer and the others got a good soaking in this curry.

If you have never smelt a freshly torn kaffir lime leaf, I highly recommend you seek one out. It is one of my all-time favourite smells – grassy, citrusy and sweet – all at once. Quite difficult to describe, actually. But really beautiful. And they add the most amazing fragrance to Thai curries that cannot be replicated with anything else.

If you pick up a good quality red curry paste from an Asian grocer, this is pretty quick to knock up and be sure to make a double batch because it  freezes really well. In fact, I’ve just eaten the leftovers from the freezer of another batch last weekend. Dinner time is so much easier if all you have to do is make a pot of rice!

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Christie x

Silken tofu and pineapple red curry

serves 4 (inspired by this recipe)

  • 125ml (1/2 cup) coconut cream
  • 4 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) vegetable stock
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves
  • 200g (1 cup) fresh pineapple (peeled weight), cut into 2cm cubes
  • 150g (1/2 a small) eggplant, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 10-15 snow peas, trimmed
  • 300g silken tofu, carefully cut into 2cm cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (or soy sauce to make this completely vegetarian)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • steamed rice, to serve

1. Heat a wok until hot, then pour in the coconut cream and simmer for 5 minutes, until the cream splits and a layer of oil floats to the surface.

2. Add the curry paste and fry for 3 minutes, or until fragrant. Stir in the coconut milk and stock, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, add the lime leaves and simmer gently for 5 minutes.

3. Add the pineapple and eggplant to the wok and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the eggplant is soft and the sauce has thickened slightly. Add the snow peas and carefully slide in the tofu, trying not to break it up too much.

4. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar and simmer for a further 2 minutes, stirring gently. Serve with the steamed rice.

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  • Great timing! I’ve been trying to cut down on meat by eating more fish and tofu. This looks like a good recipe to add to the tofu list.

    • Hi Natasha, great news! Would love to hear how you go with it. Christie

  • Kelly

    Note though, that lots of packaged curry pastes include dried shrimp, or shrimp paste, so this may not be suitable for people with a seafood allergy, or vegan/vegetarians who would object to even these small amounts…

    • You’re right Kelly, see my response below. Christie

  • Great recipe Christie, perfect for a Meatless Monday. I adore kaffir lime leaves also and have a lovely stash in my freezer from my mums tree. They are such a fabulous addition to a curry.

  • I love me some curry! :) I’ve never heard of kaffir lime leaf – from the way you describe it, it sounds divine. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for it.

  • What a lovely receipe – this is making me hungry!

  • Kelly

    Sounds great! Do you actually have a red curry paste that you recommend that is vegetarian (i.e. no shrimp)?

    • Hi Kelly, You are right that some red curry pastes contain shrimp paste. The one I use doesn’t. I use Cock Brand (unfortunate name!) Red Curry Paste. Here is a link to it on Amazon (not a sponsored link): http://www.amazon.com/Cock-Brand-Thai-Curry-Paste/dp/B003UG5MK4 – scroll down to see the ingredients list under ‘Important Information’. Cheers, Christie

  • So yummy indeed, I love red curries! Now you have a garden of your own, you’ll have to plant a kaffir lime tree. I have one outside and it’s so lovely to pick your own leaves for delicious meals like this one :)

  • Thai curries are my favourite too! They have such a perfect balance of sweet and savoury to them :) Thanks for the lovely mention! Your recipes look fantastic-can’t wait to try them ;)

  • Thanks Christie…you have my Meatless Monday sorted for me!

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