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Meal In a Jar: Spicy Coconut Curry Noodles


I’ve been making an attempt to nail down an amazing curry noodle “in a jar” state of affairs for months. My first try was late final yr once we took the Airstream out to the desert south of Palm Springs. I’ve labored by 5 – 6 revisions within the months since, and realized some vital classes alongside the best way. After you have the core substances in a jar (or bag), all you want is water and a splash of coconut milk. You find yourself with a dynamic and feisty broth bolstered with cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, dried mushrooms and turmeric. It’s extremely aromatic and scrumptious. The broth envelops tangles of egg noodles and no matter seasonal greens you may have available to toss in on the final minute. I have a tendency to make use of shredded cabbage and a few tofu, and broccoli florets if I’ve them. Really easy, so good!
Meal In a Jar: Spicy Coconut Curry Noodles


I feel I lastly cracked the code on the coconut curry noodles final week whereas parked at a shocking stretch of California shoreline close to Santa Barbara, however there have been some actual fails within the makes an attempt all winter. Getting the feisty broth to a spot I liked was a breeze, it was getting the noodles proper that gave me essentially the most bother. Turned out, the trick is utilizing simply the suitable noodles for a one-pot cooking method. You want noodles which can be pleased to simmer together with all the opposite substances with out getting overly goopy, or with out making the broth too thick and starchy. I will get into the specifics down under.Spicy Coconut Curry Noodle Ingredients arranged in a Weck Jar

The “Meals In Jars” Sequence:

If you happen to’re simply stumbling on this I’ll again up a bit. I’ve accomplished a number of of a lot of these meals in jars recently. I like to hold them available for quick weeknight meals and take them out on highway journeys and tenting as properly. I hold the bottom recipes fairly strict and my normal rule of thumb is to intention for “simply add water.” Or, on this case a little bit of coconut milk. With the Italian Barley Soup and the Tortellini Soup it’s simply water and canned tomatoes.  The thought is that if all you may have is the content material of the jar, water, and maybe a pantry-friendly ingredient or two, you may have all you want for a very good meal.

Ingredients for Spicy Coconut Curry Noodles on Picnic table

Let’s Speak about The Mushrooms

Let’s get into some element associated to the substances in these curry noodles. I name for chopped dried porcini mushrooms on this recipe. They lend a very nice earthy counter-balance to the spicy cayenne and ginger notes within the broth. They’re price sourcing and utilizing, and I’m calling them out right here as a result of I do know a bunch of you’ll wish to skip them (lol). I simply wish to encourage you to not. When you have one other dried mushroom in your pantry, one you’re keen on, sure,  you’ll be able to completely substitute, however don’t skip the dried mushrooms altogether. 

Meal In a Jar: Spicy Coconut Curry Noodles

Coconut Milk Alternate options?

Use full-fat coconut milk right here and never low-fat. If you would like a extra creamy curry by all means add extra to the broth, and easily re-season to your liking. Additionally, in the event you’re in search of a coconut milk various, I’ve had loads of success utilizing do-it-yourself cashew milk with these curry noodles. I mix 1 cup soaked cashews with 1 cup of water because the ratio utilizing a high-speed blender till creamy clean. Any leftover coconut milk or cashew milk freezes properly, so have a tendency to save lots of any into baggies for later use, and each work properly right here. 

View of Coastline from table cooking Coconut Curry Noodles

What Form of Noodles to Use?

I ran by loads of noodles earlier than touchdown on Italian-style egg pasta nests as your best option for this recipe. Right here’s what makes the noodle selection difficult. This can be a one-pot meal. That’s the complete level. You’d have much more noodle choices in the event you needed to boil your noodles in a separate pot, after which add them, absolutely cooked, to your curry pot on the good second. However that is not what we’re going for right here.

I attempted rice noodles of varied thickness however they have been by no means pleased, and needed to be cooked individually. Pondering by different fast cooking pastas, I examined angel hair pasta, and that was a tough no. I attempted breaking spaghetti into segments, and that wasn’t proper both. However these tagliatelle egg nests, the sort you’ll be able to choose up in an Italian deli, and plenty of different grocery shops have been nice! Including them after you have let the broth simmer a bit, they cooked into slurpy perfection.

Egg Noodles To Use in Jar Spicy Coconut Curry Noodles

An Outside Coconut Curry Noodle Pot 

This can be a brothy state of affairs with turmeric concerned. I’ve cooked it a lot of instances within the Airstream, however as a result of the cooking area is cramped, that is undoubtedly a meal I choose to cook dinner and eat exterior. My little Iwatani burner paired with a donabe is a good lightweight, simple to arrange combo. I like the donabe as a result of the clay actually holds the warmth and retains the curry heat in case you’re up for seconds. For anybody frightened about touring with a clay pot, I hold it within the field it was shipped in to maintain it protected whereas driving. You’ll be able to see the set-up under.

Heidi at a Table with Ingredients and Pot of Coconut Curry Noodles

This is a snapshot of the recipe in my pocket book under (the ultimate model is typed up under). I like to jot down up recipes in pencil, after which erase to make adjustments and evolve the recipe over time. I all the time have a line for “subsequent time” and that’s the place I go away notes to self about what to do when trying the recipe once more.  Leaving little notes about what has labored and what hasn’t so I do not repeat previous fails can be an vital a part of my template. And if I am working and testing recipes for a e book I take a barely totally different method. If I do know a recipe goes to enter a e book I sort it up and transfer a printout to a binder, submitting variations and adjustments there, and sustaining digital information. I did a sequence of posts about my Making a Cookbook course of years in the past (2015!) associated to Close to & Far – it is likely to be useful in the event you assume you may wish to write a cookbook sometime however are overwhelmed by the method. A little bit of a tangent, however that is the way it usually goes down on the recipe entrance over right here.

Spicy Coconut Curry Noodle Recipe Handwritten in a Notebooks

What if I am Cooking for two?

One final observe associated to the recipe, loads of tenting saucepans are small, and this recipe requires 7 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of coconut milk. So, an excellent quantity of liquid. You are going to wish to use a large pot. In case your pot is smaller, or perhaps you are cooking for lower than 4, here is the plan. So long as your pot can maintain 6 cups of water comfortably (realizing you will even be including pasta and greens), you are fantastic. Use all of the spices, and so forth. as written, and reduce the pasta nests by one or two, and proceed with recipe. Your broth with be a bit stronger (in a great way). 

Meal In a Jar: Spicy Coconut Curry Noodles

Different favourite Meals in Jars: 

I hope you all get pleasure from this one as a lot as I do! I find it irresistible as a tenting meal, particularly whether it is chilly out. If you happen to’re in search of extra concepts alongside these strains I’ll simply spotlight this Italian Barley Soup and the Tortellini Soup once more as properly, or browse all of the soup recipes. Maintain your pantry stocked with a number of of those for fast, low-lift do-it-yourself meals.

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