Thursday, November 8, 2012

Vietnamese Goat Curry (Ca Ri De)

My dear friend A and I ventured out to Footscray during the long weekend, something we used to do quite a bit but that was when I still cooked regularly at home. Instead of our regular Vietnamese meal we opted for Ethiopian food for a change, it was a delightful meal but we both had way too much of the delicious injera. We left the African quarter feeling happy and satisfied (not to mention how full we were), a long stroll to the Vietnamese market followed, for some food shopping and to walk off those fast expanding injera in our stomachs. I picked up some fresh herbs, sauces and spices for the pantry and some very fresh goat meat from a halal butcher.

If you are a fan of Vietnamese chicken curry (ca ri ga) then you might want to give this goat version a try. The recipe and cooking method is exactly the same but do increase the amount of spices and curry powder when cooking this gamey meat, an advice given by a lovely Vietnamese lady who runs an Asian supermarket in my neighbourhood.

The result is a mild but extremely aromatic curry, the tender meat literally falls of the bones a result of the slow and long braising. We had it with some freshly baked baguettes from a Vietnamese bakery but it will go equally well with some hot steamed rice.

serves 6 to 8 as part of a Vietnamese meal
you'll need;
1 x 1.5 kg of goat pieces on the bone*
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 white/purple sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 onion, cut into wedges
8 tbs of Vietnamese curry powder
1 tbs of coriander powder
1 tbs of black pepper
4 tbs of roasted chili flakes
4 shallots, chopped 
6 garlic cloves, chopped 
2 lemongrass, cut into 3" lengths and bruised with a hard object
3" piece of ginger, sliced thickly
5 kaffir lime leaves or bay leaves
1.5 cups of chicken stock
300 ml of coconut milk
300 ml of coconut cream
3 tbs of sugar
4 tbs of fish sauce
salt to taste
spring onion, coriander leaves and Thai basil to serve
* Available at halal butcher

Mix goat pieces with 3 tbs of the curry powder, cumin powder, black pepper  and a pinch of salt. Leave it for 20 minutes.

Prepare the aromatics.

Brown goat pieces in batches and set aside.

Saute chopped garlic, shallot, the rest of the curry powder and chili flakes for 30 seconds. then add in the goat pieces. Continue to stir and cook for a few minutes on high heat.

Return the goat pieces to the pot and continue to stir and cook for a few minutes on high heat.

Add lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, sugar, seasonings and stock. Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes. Add coconut milk and bring it back to a simmer, cover and cook until the goat is almost tender. (~2 hours)

Add sweet potato and onion wedges and simmer uncovered til sweet potato pieces are tender. Check for seasoning.

Garnish with fresh herbs and chopped chillies and serve with some freshly baked baguette or steamed rice.


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  2. Harriet From CarltonNovember 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Delicious! I have yet to try Vietnamese curry.

  3. My kind of dish! This goes very well with rice.

  4. OMG this looks amazing. I came across a homemade vietnamese curry powder recently. It is just amazing with chicken.

    Will have to try it with goat too.

  5. Bookmarked, even got the goat from the stall that comes to the farmer's market only once a month. Looks a-ma-zing.

  6. Hi Tummy,
    This looks super delish!!

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  8. Love the recipe Thx, but did you know that you can actually get goat almost anywhere?? Yes , it's true. :/ And if you care about animal cruelty , you'll avoid the Halal shoppes.


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