Recipe: Nenek’s Yellow Curry

“Nenek” is what we call my grandmother (it means grandmother in Malay; and she grew up as a missionary’s kid in Penang, Malaysia). This is (as family legend has it) the curry recipe that her nurse made for her and her sister when they were growing up, and the curry Nenek always made for me when I was growing up. It’s not very spicy, so it’s called a “Baby Curry.”

Nenek’s Curry

Saute in a large pot until very limp:
1/8-1/4 inch of oil (I like coconut oil)
3-5 chopped onions
6-8 halved garlic cloves

Stir in and fry for one minute while stirring:
1-2 TB yellow curry powder

Add and simmer, covered, for 3-4 hours:
6-8 cups chicken broth
1 large potato per serving (quartered)
(I sometimes add knobs of carrot, too.)

When potatoes are cooked through, salt to taste.

Add and heat (do not boil):
1 can coconut milk

Thicken with cornstarch.

Add the juice of 1 lemon.

Hard boil one egg for each serving. Peel and add to pot whole.

Serve over rice. We like to add as garnishes: chutney, roasted peanuts, raisins, cilantro, plain yogurt, sliced bananas.

The leftovers get even better, but it doesn’t freeze well due to the potatoes getting spongy.

You can certainly add other veggies as well. I frequently add chopped fresh spinach leaves a few minutes before I serve the curry. I put zucchini and red bell pepper in my latest batch, simply because I needed to get rid of them. Remember that different veggies cook at different rates, so add the softer veggies later unless you want mush. If you prefer meat to hard boiled eggs, I’m sure that would be fine as well. Nenek will forgive these small deviations. ;)

Yes! You can make it in the crockpot!

Just prep the onions, garlic, and curry powder on the stove first. For any curry to be successful, you must let the curry develop its flavor this way - you can’t just dump it in like you would salt or other seasonings. After the onions, garlic, and curry are ready, add them to the crockpot with the potatoes, carrots, and broth. Cook until veggies are tender - the timing depends on the size of your veggies and heat of your crockpot; you’ll figure it out! Plan on adding the rest of the ingredients just prior to serving.

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