Good recipes to share with friends.
I struggled with curry for a long, long time. In all honesty, I’m still learning the fine art of mixing flavours for the ideal balance found in a good curry. However, I have improved. In the early days, no matter what I did, I never got the balance of spices right and I never enjoyed the food. Eventually, I found coconut milk, which seems to add a balancing, subtle sweetness.
The other change I have made to my technique is being bolder with the applications of curry. I recently posted some curried nuts, and have been experimenting more with what I can put curry in. This rice casserole is another one of those experiments, which also happens to be quite potluck friendly.
Two things I love about curries are their lively flavours and vibrant colours. Just looking back at the pictures of this curry, showing an array of beautiful vegetables and spices, makes my mouth water. When I look at the lovely colours and taste the rich flavours, it seems no wonder to me why the Silk Road trade routes were so important (okay, I know I’m generalizing a lot, but I’d travel a pretty long distance to get my hands on these spices too… if I lived thousands of years ago)
Because the curry is so packed with flavours and colour, here’s a lively song by Mikhael Paskalev called “Jive Baby” (just a warning, the video is not entirely kid friendly). Mikhael has a Norwegian-Bulgarian background, which creeps into his jive-ey rock and roll style from time to time. This song is just a ton of fun and has made it onto a number of my travel mixes.
Rice Up, Rice Up! Curry Casserole
Good as 15 to 20 small portions (about 5 full servings)