Coconut Curry

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When my family decides to eat out for dinner, we start asking each other “what do you want to eat?” including our children.  My son usually responds immediately and says “Sushi!  Sashimi!” and my daughter goes “Chinese food!”  My husband asks, “how about Ramen guys?” and kids usually say nah.

Coconut Curry II

I always crave for something I can’t cook or I don’t eat often, so my vote is always to eat Peruvian or Thai food or maybe Italian food.  Unfortunately, it is very rare that my pick wins (I’m just being nice to let my family pick! ;-)).

A month ago as our family started the similar conversation again in the car, my son actually said “Thai food!”  Eh?  That threw all of us for a surprise.  It was rare for him to say that.  My husband asked him why and he said “it’s because mama’s favorite food.”

Sweet.  He knows I love Thai food.  When I saw this recipe at Valerie’s Kitchen, I bookmarked right away because I knew I would want to eat it one day and I wanted to have the recipe handy.   I’ve cooked this coconut curry recipe at least 3 times after seeing the recipe.   It was easy to prepare and delicious!  If you enjoy coconut curry and never tried making it before, I suggest you give it a try.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Coconut Curry III

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Coconut Curry
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Serves: 6
  • 3-4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp. curry powder
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can light or regular coconut milk
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed, diced tomatoes
  • ½ of (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2-3 cups cauliflower florets, rinsed
  • 6 mushrooms
  • Steamed Rice
  1. Heat oil and curry powder in a large pot over medium-high heat for 2 minutes until it turns brown. Be careful not to burn.
  2. Stir in onions and red bell pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add chicken, tossing lightly to coat with curry oil.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center and juices run clear.
  6. Pour coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, and crushed red pepper into the pot, and stir to combine.
  7. Add cauliflower. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
  8. Serve over rice.
Slightly adapted from Valerie's Kitchen.


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  1. That’s really sweet of your boy…must have made your heart melt hearing him say that :)
    I seldom get to eat spicy stuff when I eat out too which is why we do takeaway so that we can buy other food for the kids. Wow didn’t know u like Thai food cos most of them are spicy! I love curries too and this one sounds simple and tasty!

  2. Beautiful Curry Nami!! I love Thai food too. I think it’s one of my favorites to dine out… but I never get to go either these days. My kids like more American foods like burgers and pizza if we go out. We actually did Mexican recently and they loved it. So maybe we’re moving in the right direction. :) All I know is your son is a total sweetheart for picking Thai just because you like it. Now he’s going to grow up to be a very considerate man someday. :)

  3. Eha

    Looks lovely! Eating various curries almost daily [of those Thai green or a hot Malaysian most often :) !] I must admit to adding more spices myself: with children that may be difficult. The one new addition to me is that of mushrooms: must surely try!

  4. This looks so easy and quick! I just love the combination of chicken and coconut.. Only the thought of it makes me drool 😀 I will try this one very soon.. Thank you for sharing Nami! :)

  5. Awww how sweet of your little boy..he was thinking about you!
    Now to be honest with you I never tried this curry..looks delicious! I Love the combination of the Ingredients..sounds like a perfect week day meal!
    Have a great week Nami, and thank you for sharing this great dish!

  6. カレーは長女の好物!!


  7. Looks truly delicious! I love curries with coconut milk but I am not an expert in the art of mixing spices… I have to start trying! I also just read that curry is supposed to help burning fats…

  8. When I was little my parents never asked us what we want to eat (unless our birthday) or where we want to go. Now I always ask my kids and alwas think if it’s correct or not, you know, each one wants something different all the time. So it was a kind of relief when you said that asked your kids too…!!!

  9. Hey Nami, I love Thai food too! Just back from shopping trip in Korea. It’s nice to be greeted by a lovely recipe. Lots of blog hopping to catch up :) Have a good week ahead!

  10. Eri

    Oh this happens in my home too, I let the guys choose where are we going to eat.
    I did attend to a Thai demo last week and the food was amazing, I also did some rolls and a lemongrass soup myself for my men to try and they loved it so i think my chances are getting better when it comes to where are we going to eat in the future.. Yay!
    this coconut curry is so easy and delicious Nami!

  11. Hmmmm…I can never resist a good curry, give me a bowl and I’ll finished it without any rice! just a piece of good crusty bread to soak up the gravy perhaps:) Yours looks really good, lovely reddish color, just the way I like it:D

  12. Aw, your son is so sweet! You wouldn’t think they’d remember things like that but they do. Aw, your heart must have melted! :)

    Now I know what you meant by your comment on my blog–great minds think alike? :) This is my kind of food, too. This looks great and a bonus that it’s so easy to prepare. :)

    Have a great week, Nami!

  13. Nami, I’m so happy to hear that you and your family are enjoying this dish! It is definitely a family favorite around here. It was so much fun to see this post today. The photos are beautiful as always :)

  14. donna mikasa

    Mmm, we love curry at our house! I always resort to the “brick” type because it’s so easy but this coconut curry sounds simple, too! The photo itself looks so yummy!

  15. This looks very flavorful and like something I should try my hands on. I have never made chicken curry completely from scratch before though, except cashew chicken once and that turned out alright. Thanks for the recipe and you are lucky to have such a sweet son, Nami. :)

  16. Your son is very sweet! And this recipe is really nice. I just never cook Thai, and I don’t understand why, because I like it. Too many other choices competing for my attention. But this looks wonderful. OK, I’ll have to fit Thai into my recipe rotation! Nice post – thanks.

  17. Candice

    Aww…your son is so sweet! =)

    Yay! Thanks for sharing another easy recipe, Nami. I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

  18. What a sweet boy you have! Obviously he loves his mama! :) I saw this recipe at Valerie’s as well and it still looks good! Thanks for the review. Time to make it.

  19. Yum, I love how easy this is, I will try it soon. Your son is smart to think of his mama, so cute when they do those small things that melt our hearts.

  20. How sweet of your son to go for the Thai food becasue you like it. Glad they gave in to you. This dish sounds wonderful Nami. I love coconut and curry and onlu recently learned how to make from Ramona. Have a wonderful day.

  21. Wow, this curry does look divine. I love eating my curry with white rice too.
    When I was reading your post about asking your kids where to go out to eat, I was smiling to myself. Because that’s exactly what happens at my place. And usually my daughter gets to pick. We love Thai, chinese and sushi. So it works out great. I don’t cook any of this at home.

  22. Nami, your son is so sweet! When going to eat out I also choose something I never make at home or that I never manage to make as good as some retaurants (thin-crusted Italian pizza or dim sum are among the most frequent choices and I often go to Indian restaurants mainly because if their naan 😉 ). This curry looks fabulous! I would love to try one day cooking with cut up boneless thighs, but they are never sold here and I once tried but it wasn’t easy. I must ask my butcher!

  23. I know what you mean. I would be throwing in more Indian and Thai cooking into the mix if I could. Happily my family does love Thai, so I can try out this curry on them!

  24. Hi Nami! I hope you and the family have gotten over jet lag and are all feeling good!

    We do the same thing here every weekend, “what do you want to eat?” Trini and I have more similar taste, though Jon reserves the rights to veto is need be. Too bad there is no Ramen shop, because I would be heading there all the time!

    The recipe looks great, problem is I’ve discovered Trini and I would get stomach cramp after eating food with coconut milk, it’s the strangest thing, since we were fine with them until last year, think we can do without the coconut milk or substitute with coconut juice?

    • Hi Cindy – hmm coconut juice/coconut water is thinner than milk so I’m not sure if the result will get creamy like it’s supposed to. But aromatic wise it should be close. Sorry I can’t help much with your question…

      • Hi Nami! Thank you for the answer, I think the older I get the less tolerable I am with dairy, too bad!

        We are going to have a big meal at the Brazilian steak house tonight, Jon said he is going to starve himself the whole day, haha! Hope you have a great weekend, SF should have BEAUTIFUL funny and warmer weather (I checked!)

        • The Brazilian Steak house was decent, I got one of those certificates (paid $2 for a $50 certificate when they were having a special), so dinner ended up being $60 total (with 18% tips). We are not big eaters so the restaurant always wins, but normally when we go out it’s usually around $50-60 anyway, and it’s not too shabby. My favorite is actually the grilled pineapples, they sprinkle cinnamon all over then grilled the whole fruit, very fragrant!

  25. Oh my what a fab looking curry Nami. I dont know why but seeing a curry on your blog makes me happy- even though its Thai. I LOVE thai food, its my second fav after indian & luckily me & my husband share that love. So its a easy deal for us whenever we go out. Love the styling in your pictures, its not so easy to make a curry look good..well done!

  26. Thai is my favourite, too! Since I was a child! (My 5-year-old’s favourite is salmon sushi!!) There’s something about the nuanced and complex flavours of Thai food that makes me so attracted to the cuisine! Every time we go to Thai restaurant, I’m going crazy for curries!! Your look absolutely scrumptious!

  27. Good timing! I’ve been craving a curry lately and what’s better than a coconut curry?! We often have these same conversations too. My vote is usually sushi though. :)

  28. Your son is so thoughtful and caring! Must be good training from his mom. We love Thai food too. Green curry is our all-time favourite. Your mild version is just nice for my little boy. I can’t wait to try it out. 😉

  29. thai food is my absolute favorite also, though I’ve never been able to recreate it very well at home. I’ll have to try this delicious curry!

  30. Thai food is one of the foods I have nick-named “happy food” (Japanese and Indian are the other two, and most recently Vietnamese Pho). I do love a good curry and the secret is definitely cooking out the bitterness of the spices and making a gorgeous and fragrant paste. This really looks tempting but sadly I shall have to wait until I am able to consume coconut milk again (we’re on a low glycemic diet to kick start our metabolisms).
    Have a great day.

  31. coconut curry is a common dish here in Indonesia nami, even I… rarely made it because not to fancy with the coconut taste ( oh! ok, the calorie actualy 😀 )
    maybe 1 in 2 week or 1 in a week i usually made it since my husband and son love it
    and this! i ever see on tv when the coconut curry blend together with the tomato, but never made it, even ones!
    I think I have to try it since the tomato will make the curry more healthier and rich in taste! Tq for the recipe nami and send my warm bless for ur kids, ur son is so SWEET! Aw!

    Been a while not comment here, miss u so much my friend… and just u to know that u I pass on an award to u, grab it at my post here :

    have a great week ahead to u and ur family dear! 😉

  32. I love curry…and this sounds just perfect for me. I love all of the veggies you add. And I’ve seen so many people use coconut milk lately. I haven’t fallen in love with it yet but I keep trying, this might be the perfect recipe for that!

  33. Natalie

    I love this dish Nami! Reminds me of a meal my grandma use to make me when I was a little girl. I miss her so much this reminded me of her. Thanks for the post sweetie!

  34. Ira Rodrigues

    Your curry really looks delicious! I had Japanese curry udon, it was super! Im new to your curry recipe as i never know that curry could mix up with tomato pure, its really unique!

  35. Aw, your son is a sweetheart!!! And your curry looks wonderful! We have these same conversations in our house…and I usually end up more confused after getting their input…LOL.

  36. Coconut gives a very special touch to a dish. I am sure this one was packed with flavors. I am keeping this to try but with less curry as I am pretty sensitive to hotness!

  37. Mmm, I love a good curry – after my recent rantings on my site about cauliflower I’m not sure about this – if you assure me that the cauliflower is well infused with curry flavour then perhaps I can be persuaded 😀

  38. Thai food is my favorite too! I will certainly have to try this dish. I always have coconut milk in my pantry – just in case! But, I have to ask what kind of curry powder you recommend. I have S&B curry powder but also red and green Thai curry paste. Thank you!


    • I bought this curry powder from an Indian market. I used to use S&B too, but then I wanted to try authentic one, so I went to the Indian market to grab one package… only problem is that it comes in a big package (very cheap though). I must use a lot of curry powder in my cooking. Haha.

  39. Hello Nami, so good to be here again! We are similar – when it’s time to dine-out, I usually suggest something I seldom cook at home and my husband will suggest burgers or pizzas (certainly not my top picks though I also seldom cook burgers and pizzas at home!) 😛

  40. Awww… your son is such a sweetheart! For the record, I’m up for ramen anytime. :) The curry looks so good, I would have enjoyed it on this chilly and rainy day.

  41. The curry looks very tempting and coconut curry happens to be my all time favourite coz I love the way, the sweetness of coconut balances out the spices so beautifully.

  42. What a lovely son! You must be the apple of his eye and long may it last. Thai is my favourite and my kids love it too so it’s an easy decision for us. I haven’t tried Peruvian cuisine. We don’t have a lot of South American restaurants or Mexican restaurants here in Australia probably because we haven’t had many migrants from that part of the world. I’d love to try Peruvian cuisine at some stage xx

  43. What a sweetie – Momma’s favorite! It’s like that in my house. I want Mexican food and I’m usually the only one! I am not a fan of Thai food, but everyone else I know is. I should probably give it another try!

  44. How sweet of your son, we love curry (one fo my hubbys fav) I made the TK clam chowder you featured 3 times for Lenten season, my girls really enjoyed it, thanks!!

  45. I adore Valerie. She is just such a nice lady. This recipe looks super delish. I have to confess I’ve actually never had curry. How awful right. I need to make one soon.

  46. Helena

    Your son is very sweets indeed. Will make this lovely curry for my son thank you Nami for another easy to follow recipe.

  47. Hi Nami! It’s me shaz from feedingmykidsbetter. I decided to do up another blog so that I can include all my favourite recipes and not just kiddy ones. Nice to be back on the foodie blogosphere. Keep in touch :)

  48. Oooh love the look of this!!I also love Thai food and they’re so easy to prepare aren’t they?Your house must have been filled with the sweet aroma of the spices and coconut milk!Your curry looks so colorful and yummy, I can almost imagine the taste of this Nami :)Perfect!

  49. What a delightful looking dish Nami and beautifully photographed too. My youngest son always orders coconut curry chicken when we are out for Thai food – it’s his absolute favourite (and we love it too). I will have to surprise the family with your version one of these days! Thanks for the inspiration.

  50. oh boy! Thanks Nami! I’m excited to try this out too now! The recipe seems quite simple and straightforward to follow! I’m huge on coconut curry too! Southeast Asian flavours are quite similar and this would be perfect! Can’t wait! I hope mine will turn out as great as yours! hehe..

  51. I find it cute and crazy that your family wouldn’t be more like you and want things that you don’t normally cook! However, I am cheering your son on for Thai right now. It is one of my favorite cuisines and when I saw the words coconut and curry in your post title, I had to come drool over this one.

  52. Wendy Yamazaki

    おいしかった!You always have great recipes! Thank you again for sharing! I will be making this one again!


    • Hi Wendy! ありがとう! Wow you are so quick, you already made this. I’m glad you liked the recipe. :-) Thanks for your feedback!

  53. This looks absolutely delicious! I love coconut curries! I have to try this one, it must be amazing if it tastes as good as it looks :-).

    Nami, I’d like to invite you to submit this recipe (and maybe others :-)) to RecipeNewZ (with Z) It’s a photo-based recipe-sharing platform that we launched only yesterday. The idea is that all food bloggers are invited to submit and all recipes are published within minutes from clicking submit. It would be great to have some of your wonderful recipes there! I hope you try it and let me know what you think :-)

  54. I’ve love cooking with coconut.. of all kinds. And the sound of coconut curry sounds absolutely divine! Love the way you broke this dish down for us.. I am SO going to try this!