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{Book Review} 50 Fabulous Curries + Meatball & Pineapple Massaman Curry

“Sometimes you want a cookbook that is straight to the point; pretty pictures, easy to follow recipes, one you can grab off the shelf and it will have the answer to that weekday “what am I going to cook!?” dilemma. 50 Fabulous Curries is just that. Page after page of pretty, moreish looking curries that...”

{Book Review} 50 Fabulous Curries + Meatball & Pineapple Massaman Curry

{Book Review} 50 Fabulous Curries + Meatball & Pineapple Massaman Curry

Sometimes you want a cookbook that is straight to the point; pretty pictures, easy to follow recipes, one you can grab off the shelf and it will have the answer to that weekday “what am I going to cook!?” dilemma.

50 Fabulous Curries is just that. Page after page of pretty, moreish looking curries that make you want to start cooking straight away. It covers your tradition curries, like rendang, and rojan josh, and also includes a few that have a twist on the traditional.

With simple, authentic recipes, that require minimal time and boast maximum flavour, you’re bound to find at least one recipe calling your name. Jacki Passmore is also the author 20 cookbooks, including Noodle Bible and Curry Kitchen. She is an award-winning food writer and cookery school teacher, and a love of Asian cuisine.

It was a no brainer for me that I had to try the meatball massaman curry ASAP. Hamsley loves massaman curry (so do I), and meat rolled into balls some how taste better …. just like fruit tastes better when it’s cut up!

The recipes are set out in a very easy to read manner, so double checking ingredients against the recipe was a breeze… unlike in some books! The cooking instructions are listed in a very easy to follow manner, so I didn’t find myself getting lost whilst cooking.

Meatball & Pineapple Massaman Curry

Jacki Passmore

  • 4cm piece lemongrass, roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 600g beef mince
  • Oil
  • 2 medium sized potatoes, cut into 2 cm chunks
  • 4ooml can coconut cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons massaman curry paste
  • 1 cinnamon stick or a piece of cassia bark
  • 4 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 fresh hot green chilli, deseeded and cut into 3 pieces
  • 2-3 slices pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • small handful of fresh coriander or mint
  1. Grind the lemongrass, onion and garlic to a paste in a food processor, with fish sauce and salt. Add the paste to the beef mince and mix thoroughly until it is smooth and sticky. With wet hands, roll the mince into bite-sized balls.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat and fry the meatballs, in two or three batches, until browned. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Fry the potato in the same oil for about 2 minutes, until lightly browned.
  4. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the coconut cream with the curry paste, spices and chilli, and simmer for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1 1/2 cups water and the fried potatoes, and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 6 minutes.
  5. Add the meatballs and pineapple to the curry, and continue to simmer for about 8 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and the meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Stir in the peanuts and coriander or mint.
  7. Serve with white rice.

Serves 6-8.

Overall, a very pretty and vibrant book. I can’t wait to cook some of the other fabulous curries.

50 Fabulous Curries by Jacki Passmore, retails at $19.95, and available at all good book stockists.

Iron Chef Shellie received a copy of 50 Fabulous Curries thanks to Penguin Group (Australia).

 


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10 comments on “{Book Review} 50 Fabulous Curries + Meatball & Pineapple Massaman Curry
  1. muppy - September 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Great review, i love massaman too and it sounds like an interesting recipe using meatballs (and pineapple!)

  2. Michelle chin - September 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    you’re official the meatball queen! i came across at least three meatball recipes in your blog miss shellie!

  3. Winston - September 7, 2011 at 3:27 am

    that plate of rice and meatballs is just screaming for someone to eat it seriously… good one, michelle! really does look like this book offers a large variety of curry recipes using interesting flavour combinations =)

  4. Nic@diningwithastud - September 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Fruit TOTALLY tastes betetr when its cut up :) lol! Funnily enough, I was just googling curry recipes. Not sure whether or not to do my famous vindaloo or go with a new one. This book would be perfect :)

  5. Mez - September 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

    yumyumyummmmmmmmmmm

    I love curry and I love PINEAPPLE so this would be perfect for meeeeeeeeeeee

    xox

  6. Lisa @ Blithe Moments - September 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I do love a curry, we have eaten heaps of them this past winter, I might have to seek this book out or put it on my birthday list!

  7. msihua - September 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    That looks so good, and I’m not even a huge meatball fan! So well done you!

  8. Ashley - September 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Don’t think I’ve ever had curry with pineapple in it before…how interesting! :)

    WOuld love to see how they do all the photos in that book too, I normally hate shooting curry photos!

  9. penny aka jeroxie - September 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    you know how I love about curries… :)


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