Let me preface this post by saying this dish does not do justice in photographs. My dining room lighting and the deep red color of the sauce make it look very one dimensional, but the flavors of the red curry and nutty basmati rice were delicious. I wanted to post this recipe because of two reasons: one, I have always been intimidated to make anything “curry” and two, I always eat the same brown rice from Trader Joe’s every time I cook with rice, so trying a new kind made me feel inspired.
This recipe from Budget Bytes is so simple (only 8 ingredients!) and costs a total of $5.40. Isn’t that a bargain? To make the curry you don’t need anything other than simple curry powder. You don’t have to decipher exotic labels or buy spices you’ll never use again. Using diced tomatoes gives the sauce a sweet flavor and a rich red color. I love including the spinach because it adds texture and a contrasting green color.
The Royal basmati rice actually makes such a difference in the overall flavor of the dish. It is nutty in flavor and compliments the curry just like you’d find in authentic recipes. Sometimes the brown rice I make gets sticky, but the basmati rice was smooth and fluffy. Fun fact: like sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it’s from Champagne, France, basmati rice can only come from India and Pakistan.
Maybe with your adventurous spirit of 2016, you will give this curry dish a try. Or, at least, go out of your comfort zone with buying a new kind of rice. Either way, enjoy!
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