Veggie Red Thai Curry
1 cup brown jasmine rice or long-grain brown rice, rinsed
1 tablespoon coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
1 small white onion, diced
Pinch of sea salt, more to taste
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger (about a 1-inch nub of ginger)
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin 2-inch long strips
1 yellow or green bell pepper, sliced into thin 2-inch long strips
3 carrots, peeled and sliced/shredded
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste*
1 can (14 ounces) full-fat coconut milk
1½ cups packed thinly sliced kale (optional)
1½ teaspoons coconut sugar or raw sugar
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari
1½ teaspoons rice vinegar
Garnishes/sides: handful of chopped fresh basil or cilantro, optional red pepper flakes, optional Sriracha or chilli garlic sauce
To cook the rice, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the rinsed rice and continue boiling for 30 minutes, reducing heat as necessary to prevent overflow. Remove from heat, drain the rice and return the rice to pot. Cover and let the rice rest for 10 minutes or longer, until you're ready to serve. Just before serving, season the rice to taste with salt and fluff it with a fork.
To make the curry, warm a large skillet with deep sides over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add a tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and a sprinkle of salt and cook until the onion has softened and is turning translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds, while stirring continuously.
Add the bell peppers and carrots and cook for until they are fork-tender, 3 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the curry paste and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
Add the coconut milk and kale to the pan along with ¾ cup water and 1½ teaspoons sugar. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the peppers, carrots and kale have softened to your liking, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Remove the curry from heat and season with rice vinegar and soy sauce. Add salt (I added ¼ teaspoon for optimal flavour), to taste. Divide rice and curry into bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, if you'd like. If you love spicy curries, serve with Sriracha or chilli garlic sauce on the side.