If you watched the same weather report as me you'll be feeling that this week is probably one catered more to staying than going out. And although we live in an amazing city that's so full of wonderful things to do I still advocate staying in and cooking your own dinner here and there!
So here is a recipe to fit in with both the weather and Thai New Year for an authentic Massaman Thai Curry from Head Chef Sanguan Parr at Nipa Thai
Songkran is the annual festival which takes place over three days during the traditional Thai New Year, this year falling on Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April 2018. Throughout Thailand there are celebrations, festivities and plenty of food; all culminating in a momentous country-wide water fight!
Massaman Gai is a popular but classic recipe from the Southern region of Thailand, the curry it's simple to make but you always have the back up of the restaurant if it all goes wrong!
Ingredients (to serve four):
2 Chicken breasts
600ml Coconut Milk
2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts
5 Small Onions; sliced
4 Medium Potatoes; cubed
3 tbsp Massaman Curry Paste
2 tbsp Fish Sauce
3 tbsp Palm Sugar
3 tbsp Tamarind Juice
3 Bay Leaves
1 piece Roasted Cinnamon; 1cm long
5 Roasted Cardamom Pods
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Step 1: Cut the chicken into chunks, around 2 inches in length.
Step 2: In a wok, heat the vegetable oil, curry paste and 200ml of coconut milk. Keep stirring over a low heat until fragrant.
Step 3: Add the chicken to the wok, turning frequently so all the meat is covered in sauce.
Step 4: Pour in the remaining 400ml of coconut milk and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
Step 5: Add the cubed potatoes, roasted peanuts, onions, fish sauce, palm sugar, tamarind juice, bay leaves, cardamom and cinnamon. Keep over a low heat to simmer until all the ingredients are tender.
Step 6: Remove from the heat and serve with steamed white rice.
Throughout Songkran 2018, Nipa Thai will be offering its traditional menu. Nipa Thai is open from 5pm-10.30pm, Monday-Sunday.
Nipa Thai, Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Tel: 020 7551 6000 or www.niparestaurant.co.uk