In the past, we have had food and recipe deliveries from Hello Fresh. I’ve always found the ingredients to be superb and the recipes straightforward to follow, quesadillas being a particular hit with our kids.
Over the years, Hello Fresh’s delivery boxes have become a very common sight and popular with friends and neighbours. Did you know, however, that the Hello Fresh website features a host of recipes you can cook for yourself?
I was tasked with taking a look and seeing if I wanted to try creating any of them. One leapt out at me immediately: The tofu massaman curry recipe.
During lockdown, we have allowed ourselves the occasional take away. I’m trying to eat more healthily and tofu dishes are one of my favourites. I’ve had tofu massaman curry a few times from a local Malaysian take away and thought it would be fun to see if I could replicate this dish at home.
Even if I say so myself, the dish turned out superbly and was also surprisingly easy to make. I’ve replicated the ingredients and method here so you can have a go yourself.
- 150 grams Jasmine rice
- 280 grams tofu
- A handful of green beans
- One carrot
- One garlic clove
- Half a lime
- 25 grams salted peanuts
- Two teaspoons Thai spice blend
- Two tablespoons of Massaman curry paste
- 200 millilitres coconut milk
- Table spoon of vegetable stock powder
- 100 millilitres water for curry
- 300 millilitres of water for the rice.
Prepare the rice. Pour 300ml water for the rice into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add 1/4 tsp of salt and then stir in to the rice. Lower the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes with the lid on. Once cooked, put the pan to one side, keeping the lid on (the rice will continue to cook in its own steam).
Drain the water off the tofu and pat it dry with kitchen roll. Once dry, chop the tofu up into cubes of around 2cm.
You then want to prepare the vegetables, nuts and lime. Trim the ends off the green beans and cut them into thirds. Peel the carrot and slice into rounds about 1cm thick. Peel and grate the garlic or, alternatively, use a garlic press. Finely chop the peanuts. Zest the lime and cut into wedges.
Grab a large frying pan, drop some oil into it and heat on a medium to high heat. When hot, add the tofu and fry. I found it was best to use tongs to turn the tofu and brown it evenly all over. This should take about six minutes. Add the carrot and stir fry for about another four mins, until it has started to soften. You then add the garlic, Thai spice and massaman paste. Stir frequently for about one minute (until fragrant).
Creating the sauce. Pour in the coconut milk and slowly add 100ml of water. Stir in the vegetable stock powder and bring to a simmer. Add in the green beans. Cook the curry, uncovered, for about eight minutes. Allow the curry to cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until the beans are tender and the sauce has thickened.
Remove the curry from the heat. If the sauce is thick, add a splash of water. You also want to add a squeeze of lime juice. Try the curry and season to your taste.
Using a fork, fluff up the rice. Mix through the lime zest. Serve up the curry (in bowls if you have them), sprinkle over the peanuts and serve any remaining lime wedges alongside for squeezing over the food.
Hello Fresh recipes
In addition to this tofu massaman curry recipe, you’ll find lots of others on the Hello Fresh website. You’ll find quick recipes, vegetarian recipes, African recipes, Asian recipes, Greek, Italian and so on. You name it, the recipes are there and it’s a very impressive selection.
Many of the recipes are based on the food boxes Hello Fresh delivers. If you like the recipes and are inspired to try the food boxes, you could give them a go.
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