Saturday, March 9, 2019

One Pot Vegan Thai Curry Noodles

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An easy one pot weeknight meal; this Thai Curry Noodle recipe in the Instant Pot comes together in under 30 minutes and is addictive! 



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Thai cuisine is one of our favorites to order at restaurants and to make at home. Bold flavors of curry paste, creaminess of coconut milk and colors from the vegetables added; Thai cuisine goes a long way in terms of flavor and taste.

While making traditional Thai dishes is always a great idea, there are times I want to make one pot meals that have all the elements of the cuisine. This Thai Curry noodles is one such dish. 

Video Recipe


Instead of making Thai Curry and Noodles separate; I add everything in one pot, making a creamy recipe that has noodles, curry, vegetables and sauces. I have been using a stove top method to make this recipe for a long time and now I adapted the recipe to make in the Instant pot. The result has been amazing and now this recipe features on our menu very often.



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Why make this in the Instant Pot?

This recipe has quite a few elements and if made separately; it will need a LOT of utensils to get together. A pan to boil the noodles, a pan to sauté the vegetables and another to make the sauce. 

Instead; using the Instant Pot needs just two utensils; one to mix the sauce ingredients and the Instant pot itself! The recipe needs just 30 minutes from start to finish and is SUPER easy, I promise. 


Overall; here are the reasons to try this recipe:

  • It is Vegan friendly and can be modified to add meat/ protein
  • One pot meal; means less utensils 
  • Perfect for weeknight dinner and weekend brunch
  • Comes together in 30 minutes and can be customized very easily! 


How to get the recipe right EACH time?

A lot of people wonder if it is okay to cook spaghetti in the Instant Pot. The most common mistakes are using super thin noodles that disintegrate while cooking. I like to use Wheat spaghetti; it is healthier and stays perfect through the cooking process. 

The recipe is Vegan and to ensure it remains that, make sure you get red curry paste that is Vegan friendly. I got this one and it was PERFECT. If you are not making a vegan version, pick your favorite brand and use it.


The important factor in the success of the recipe is the amount of water/vegetable stock. Make sure the ingredients are submerged in the liquid before cooking. If it is not submerged, the noodles will stick and be a mess. If there is excess water, you will end up with a soup! 



I added just a few vegetables to the recipe. However, adding tofu and more vegetables is a great idea too. I served this recipe with a tofu dish so skipped the protein in this. 

The other ingredients that SHOULD NOT be skipped here are Peanut butter and coconut milk. They both make sure the noodles are saucy, delicious and do not feel dry. If you are allergic to nuts, use sunflower butter. That makes the noodles creamy too! 


The other ingredients can be modified very easily. So now, look no further and get started on making this one soon! 


Ingredients

Coconut Milk 1/2 cup
Carrot 1 medium, chopped
Green Pepper 1 medium, sliced
Red Pepper 1 medium, sliced
Broccoli 8-10 florets
Red Cabbage 1 cup, shredded
Garlic 2-3 cloves
Galangal/ Ginger 1 tsp, shredded
Lemongrass 1 tsp
Chili Oil 1 tsp
Water/ Vegetable Stock 1 cup
Green Onions and lemon juice to top

For the sauce

Soy Sauce 1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp



Method

To make the sauce, mix all the ingredients under sauce ingredients. Add some water if required to make the sauce thin. Set aside.

Press the 'Sauté' button on the Instant Pot. In the inner pot add coconut oil and chili oil. Once hot, add garlic and galangal. Sauté for a few seconds. 

Next add the peppers. Stir and let them cook for a minute. Add broccoli and carrots and mix. 

Next add the lemongrass and water/vegetable stock. Add the prepared sauce and Red Curry paste. Then stir in coconut milk and salt. 

Break the spaghetti in half and add it to the pot. Add vegetable stock/ water (if required) till the spaghetti is submerged in the liquid. 



Press 'Cancel' on the Instant Pot and press 'Pressure Cook'. Set timer to 4 minutes and vent to sealing. Let the spaghetti cook. 

Once the Instant pot beeps; move vent to venting and release all the pressure. 

Open the Instant Pot and add in red cabbage. Let the spaghetti stand for a couple of minutes. Mix well and serve immediately. 



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