This is one of Kent’s favorite recipes because it’s so simple and versatile. “Red curry makes a great base for whatever is fresh and seasonal,” he explains. When buying red curry paste, check the ingredients list to make sure the brand you choose does not contain fish sauce. Recipe adapted from Tassajara Dinners & Desserts by Dale and Melissa Kent.
1. Blanch cauliflower 4 minutes, or until al dente, in pot of boiling, salted water. Remove with strainer; rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Repeat with green beans in same pot of water; set aside.
2. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until mushrooms have browned and released some of their juices; set aside.
3. In wide saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk, curry paste, sugar, tamari, and 1/2 cup water. Start with small amount of curry paste and adjust for spiciness. Add cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms, bell pepper, and half of basil. Simmer 10 minutes. Garnish with remaining basil.