Monday, August 25, 2014

Coconut Curry "Chicken"

Hello.... I am, Nate the Vegan.

Thanks for visiting.  This is a blog of my favorite recipes.  I love to cook simple, cheap, and easy vegan food for myself and my family.

I cater the tastes of my recipes to what I like, and what my family enjoys.  For example, you may notice that I never put in more than a few dashes of pepper.  My wife and kids are not big fans of black pepper.  If you are, of course you can add more.

I recently ordered some 'Butler Soy Curls' after enjoying many meals made with them at two of my favorite restaurants in Salt Lake City - Frisch and Buds (If you are ever in Salt Lake, I highly recommend visiting both of them).  My order of soy curls came today, so I had to try them.  The result was AMAZING - This is this recipe that I cooked tonight.  My son had two helpings and said, "Dad, I know you had to have put real chicken in this!"

For those that have never tried soy curls, they are perfectly textured like chicken, but made only from whole organic non-GMO soybeans.  You can find their website here if you'd like to order some for yourself.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

A word of caution before proceeding.  This recipe may cause your home to smell like wonderful Indian food for several days after making.

8oz Butler Soy Curls (one package)
1 teaspoon salt
A few dashes of pepper
2-3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons curry powder
1/2 of an onion, chopped into small pieces
2 cloves garlic, pressed (or minced if you don't have a garlic press)
1 (14.5oz) can coconut milk
1 (14.5oz) can stewed diced tomatoes
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons raisins (optional)

1.  Soak the soy curls in warm water for 8 minutes.  Drain off water and cut any of the really long pieces into smaller chunks.  Set aside.
2.  Heat a couple Tablespoons of oil and the curry powder (in a large skillet or soup pot) over medium high heat.  Cook 5 minutes while stirring constantly.  If it begins to look too dry at any time before step 5, add a bit more oil.
3.  Add onion and cook for 4 minutes while stirring.
4.  Add garlic and cook for 1 minute while stirring.
5.  Add tomatoes and cook 3 minutes while stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to medium.
6.  Add the soy curls and toss to coat.  Cook for 3 minutes while stirring occasionally.
7.  Add the coconut milk, tomato sauce, sugar, and stir together.  Simmer, uncovered for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add raisins, if desired, during the last 20 minutes of cooking.
8.  Serve hot over cooked rice.

This recipe was adapted from a recipe by 'ROMA' at  Original recipe can be found here.