I'm not exactly sure how to describe the flavor of this type of curry other than to say it's very fragrant, warmly spiced, and cuminy. I usually buy the mixes at United Noodle, but I believe they are also available in the International section of Cub Foods, and possibly at other major grocery stores. This day, I used the Golden Curry brand's "hot" variety.
The curry sauce comes packaged like a chocolate bar. You can either make all five servings, or break the bar into five sections and made into smaller portions using any mixture of proteins and vegetables.
Today, I scavenged for whatever was in my kitchen and added the following.
- 1 slice of bacon, cut into small pieces and rendered until crispy
- 1/3 pound of ground beef
- Red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1/4 cup of sweet potato, diced into small cubes
- 1/2 cup of onion, diced
- Swiss Chard, stems cut into small pieces, leaves cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/3 cup of black beans
- 3 cups of water
- Curry sauce bar
- A couple drizzles of honey
First, I rendered my bacon, set aside when crispy, and reserved a small amount of fat.
Next, I began to brown the ground beef in the bacon fat. When partially cooked, I added the red pepper flakes, onion, sweet potato, and pieces of swiss chard stem. I sauteed the vegetables until coated and softened slightly.
I folded in the swiss chard leaves and black beans and added three cups of water.
Then, I dissolved the whole curry sauce bar and stirred until completely dissolved. I brought to a simmer and added a couple drizzles of honey.
*My curry sauce tasted too salty, so I added more water than the directions called for. To reduce the saltiness, I also added the honey, and threw a large chunk of sweet potato into the sauce while it simmered and reduced to the ideal consistency. The addition of the sweet potato absorbed the excess saltiness.
I served this curry over buttered egg noodles and it was delicious. It seems that people either love or hate this style of curry and I was not sure how Jake would react. However, he loved the curry enough to seek seconds.
Jeni's disclaimer: For some reason, we both woke up with headaches the next morning. During the night, I dreamed I had a headache and woke up with a pounding headache that lasted the whole day. I have never concerned myself with MSG intake and rarely get headaches, but can't help but wonder if this was a culprit?