5 Ingredient Coconut Curry

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Moped or no moped?

{Dear confused reader, that is mo-ped, like motorcycle, like fun on wheels. Wheeeeeeee!}

Filipino cultural assimilation is in full force as we ask ourselves the biggest question yet: are we going to purchase, drive, and care for our very own moped for the next 11 months?

Pro-moped thoughts:

  1. Everyone else does it.
  2. The other 5 people drive a scooter or motorcycle or bike taxi.
  3. I could get to the grocery store and back in less than 3 hours.
  4. We could drive to the mall.  Beep beep.
  5. I would no longer need to squish myself onto the bench/laps of people on the Jeepney.
  6. My shoes wouldn’t have “mud” all over them.
  7. It will be the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
  8. I wouldn’t have to decide what to say/who to look at/where to hide/what facial expression to use when people shout friendly things at me while I’m walking home.  Social stress.
  9. I wouldn’t have to see dead cats on the road while walking home.
  10. I wouldn’t have to walk, period.

Anti-moped thoughts:

  1. Death.
  2. Injury.
  3. Fights over who gets to drive it.
  4. #3 was a lie because I would obviously not drive – the traffic situation here is similar to a blindfolded three ring circus, and the last thing anyone needs is me pretending to know what I’m doing, on a moped, weaving in and out between roosters and Jeepneys and stray dogs.  Which goes back to #1.
  5. Me not driving.

5 Ingredient Coconut Curry

Oh, hi curry.

You came together so fast and I was talking so much about mopeds that I almost forgot you existed.

But then I smelled your delicious coconutiness and saw your creamy, spicy sauce that reminded me of a delicious mashup of Indian curry and Thai curry… And then I shared you with the world, because maybe someone else likes 5 ingredient recipes as much as I do.

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5 Ingredient Coconut Curry
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Serves: 3-4
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 small heads broccoli (and/or other veggies of choice)
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water
  • optional: minced garlic or onion
  1. Saute broccoli (and onion/garlic if you're using it) in a tablespoon of oil. After a few minutes, add the coconut milk and let simmer for 5-8 minutes. The broccoli should soften but still be tender-crisp.
  2. Add the curry paste to the pan and whisk it until it combines with the coconut milk. Add the chickpeas.
  3. Bring to a slight boil and add the cornstarch. Boil for about a minute, then reduce heat and let cool slightly. Sauce will thicken as the mixture cools.

Dear wise reader, please tell us to get a moped.

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  1. Those mopeds terrify me although I can see how they could be convenient. But then I am terrified every time I get into a car so I may not be the best person to offer advice 😉

    Love 5 ingredient meals, we had something very similar for dinner last night!

  2. I’m not sure about the moped but I know they are very popular and probably much safer than a motorcycle. I do know that your curry looks amazing and I can’t wait to make my own batch! I love all your posts from afar, especially the pictures when you can take them.

  3. Oh man, just look at that heaping spoonful of curry! And it only involves 5 ingredients?! Yes, please!

  4. Moped it up! Mopeding around seems like such a fun and easy way of getting around. I wish we mopeded more in the states 😉 Your curry looks deeeelish! Chickpeas and broccoli in my curry sound magnificent!

  5. Moped!
    I mean, how many other chances in life are you going to get to own + drive a moped!?

  6. Mopeds scare me… my bf has a motorcycle and I won’t go near it! But this coconut curry… this is definitely something I can get on board with. What a fantastic medly of flavors. I personally LOVE curry. :) Gorgeous pictures, as always too 😉

  7. I was one of those confused reader…especially when I skipped over your explanation. Ah skimming….I think you guys should get one if only for the not seeing dead cats factor. I’m assuming this has happened more than once. I also think you definitely shouldn’t drive it…although maybe you’ll feel more comfortable in 6 months!

  8. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    I addicted to Thai curry. I need to join a 12-step program. I’m making this!!

  9. I LOVE YOU. AND MISS YOU. And am praying for you. Did you get my Facebook email? Do you still need support?! I say yes for moped. Mainly because I would hate to always have shoes full of “mud”, and I think the risk of death is probably pretty small. Risk of pain from an accident -> large, but death -> small :)

    • I did! Thank you Rachel! I am so sorry – I forgot to respond but I will go respond right now. :) And I just told Bjork the same thing about the risk of death. Traffic is so bad that we would never be going very fast. Smart thinking, Rachel girl. :)

      • Yes to moped. I ride one. Our speed limit is 35k here and I find it convenient to ride. Wear a helmet when you ride and be alert and you will be fine.
        Love curry recipe!

  10. Team Moped over here! Also considering Team Helmet, which requires a whole another pro/con list (death vs. extra soggy head situation).

  11. Get the moped for sure!

  12. I saw no less than 5 moped accidents while living abroad in Spain in college and I’m sure that traffic is way less intense than where you are so I’m going to be the party pooper and say “don’t do it!” I like your recipes and photographs too much to have you hurt! 😉

  13. John @ Gastrofine says:

    Definitely go for the moped.

    Moped = quicker grocery trips = more recipes for us to read!

  14. Think about the sun and the rain before you choose moped. Me personally I would rather buy a small 4-wheeler and then sell it when I leave the place. That better handles the weather and the groceries and stuff. Plus you don’t have to wear a helmet. I’m sure you can get a good one for P150,000 or even less, that will be a good investment IMO.

  15. Mmmm so yummy!! Love this!

  16. Sounds like quite the list of pros and cons! 😉 This curry sounds amazing!! I love how easy it is!

  17. Well, I particularly wouldn’t want you to have to see dead cats on your way to or from anywhere. I hope they weren’t killed by mopeds. That doesn’t make it any easier for your decision, does it? :-) Also just wanted you to know I really appreciate receiving news of what you’re doing, hearing your thoughts – and I’m really glad you have found ways to cook.

    • Thanks so much Cat! What a sweet comment. And I will spare you the grotesque cat details, but let’s just say I don’t think they were killed by mopeds. Which is good. :)

  18. Moped! How much fun would that be? Scary, yes, but so cool :) Love how simple this curry is, yummy :)

  19. That’s a tough decision especially when number one con is death. Maybe spend the money on a few pairs of shoes that you can get muddy, carry large bags so people have to move away from you on the Jeepney and wear earphones when walking so that people don’t try to talk to you?

  20. Sarah Johnston says:

    Please get a moped! The thought of you being harassed, on a muddy(!) road, while looking at dead cats, on a 3 hour round trip just to go to the grocery store is not acceptable!
    Please buy a moped!

  21. I’m envisioning the streets in Haiti and so I’ll vote no…. :)

  22. my husband bought a moped while we lived on Guam! We would do “moped gang” group rides 😀 if you go for it…1. be careful in the rain!!!! A lot of roads are paved with crushed coral which = VERY slippery. 2. get a helmet with visor or goggles for sure. Have fun!!

  23. I love how simple this recipe is and how quickly it comes together! It looks amazing too- can’t wait to try it!

    I wish I could help you on the moped situation. I’ve always loved the idea of having a scooter, but I’m terrified to try it. :-)

  24. I love your curry, it looks exquizite. You know, I love this blog because like you I am an American living abroad. I’ve been in Nigeria for four years now, I am orginally from here but born and raised in N.J. I really can resonate with the living style, but your pampered in the Phillipines. You have malls! . Electricity is rare here and developers don’t even build apartment buildings as nice looking as yours! We have mopeds too, but there called okadas, it’s different. I still love living here, though. I read your food blog start post, and I knew I just had to do it,so I finally did, just one post, but atleast I did it. I’m still in High School, but I love to cook. Will have try your curry, have an awesome day. And enjoy your year abroad, you will appreciate things so much more and learn so much about the world. :)

    my blog is theprincesscooks.wordpress.com

  25. Get the moped! Wheeeeeeeee!

    OK, seriously, it’s just a motorized bike. Scooters are only slightly more “dangerous” and WAY LESS dangerous than a motorcycle. Then again, it could become a “gateway drug” OOPS! I mean gateway FUN! hahahaha.

    Go ahead and get one. Your description of traffic reminds me of when I went to China. We were all convinced these drivers were insane–until we realized there were VERY FEW accidents and that because they had to be alert at all times, they are BETTER drivers than we are in our big cities.

    Think about it–how many times have you pulled up next to a driver who seemed catatonic and not really paying attention to the road? Or texting, or on a cell phone?

    Try driving through the streets yourself. You might be surprised at your improved driving skills when you get back to the states!

  26. You are not allowed to get a moped. It’s way too dangerous. Sorry, dear, but I want you back here in one piece. Maybe if you don’t buy the moped, Bjork will get you a “homecoming pug.”

  27. love this 5 ingredient curry – good one !

  28. when in rome..

    actually just pretend you are in rome and its a vespa your getting. :)

    love the blog and the recipes btw

  29. Madonna says:

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do, and eleven months can be a long time on foot. You can always sell it before you leave. I’m sure you will learn to carefully navigate the roads and it sounds like you are just as vulnerable on foot.

    Do you have a brand preference for red curry paste? This looks like a great dish to try, but I know nothing about this type of cooking. With only 5 ingredients I don’t want to mess it up by buying the wrong brand. Is this served over brown rice?

  30. The curry looks great. I think you have all ready decided that you are getting a moped. I reckon go for a red one, it could go faster. happy scootering

  31. Yum! I love curry.

  32. Margaret says:

    Definitely get a moped! It sounds like it will make your life 1,000 times easier!

  33. Brilliant to get a recipe like this down to 5 ingredients! A must try!

  34. Go moped!!! You can do it!! :) It’s all part of the fun.

  35. Yep, you need the moped. I don’t want you to ever, ever regret not having one. ; ) As for the curry, I also have just a couple of things to say. 5 ingredients are good, however, 9 ingredients are better. Caramelize the onions, add fresh ginger with the garlic, throw in a cinnamon stick, a star anise or 2, and warm them up with the ginger and garlic. Throw in a little bit of fresh or canned tomato. Trust me. (remove the cinnamon stick and star anise before serving) Oh, and don’t skimp on the salt. Salt isn’t counted in an ingredient list is it? No? I didn’t think so.

  36. I used to have a scooter when i was young…so fun..so much freedom…luckily no injuries. I say do it. And this curry…wow…heaven.

  37. Kristen says:

    This is why I am glad my mom found this site. Good, hearty meals but healthy. I do meatless Mondays so this will definitely be a recipe I will try.

  38. I’m too clumsy for something like a moped. Heck, I’m too clumsy for a bike half the time. I loooove coconut curries. This is right up my alley.

  39. All I can say is if you do get that moped you are much braver than I! The curry is definitely getting tried by me though :)

  40. Hi! Just stumbled upon your blog through Pinterest & am totally hooked to your blog. Your food looks amazing & I can’t wait to try a recipe! Plus your new adventure in the Philippines is interesting & keeps me reading. I’ve already bookmarked you as a “Favorite”. You have me inspired :) Take care over there!

  41. I just saw this on Foodgawker and without even looking at the submitter, I knew it was you. Your photos have something about them that makes them special. And it’s not the first time! I think it’s neat. :)

  42. o this is so delicious!

  43. Amanda @ The Taste Tester says:

    I have this simmering on my stove right now. It smells so good. I think I might faint from utter deliciousness. Thank you for an awesome (and easy) recipe!

  44. Just tried this.
    Added onion, green peppers, red peppers, a clove of garlic, a couple of grape tomatoes. Used a tablespoon of flour vs cornstarch and brown rice.

    Came out yummy! I will add a little more curry paste next time or maybe a tad cayenne pepper to give it a little more kick. Also don’t forget your salt and pepper!! Salt made it really come out :)

  45. Hey Lindsay! I think you should totally get a moped. :)

  46. Diane Gloor says:

    I made this last night – so easy and delicious! My husband gave it a thumbs up. I copied a few other recipes which I can’t wait to try.

    Also love your stories!


  47. This was absolutely delicious! Made it with both garlic and onion, and changed the broccoli for carrots, which is what I had home in my refrigerator. Very simple to make and nice taste :)

  48. I made this today and to speed the process up even more I cooked rice in the sauce and served it up into containers for work this week. Thanks for the recipe.

  49. I made this last night and was pretty impressed with myself to be making cocunut curry (normally it’s my boyfriend who makes the more adventurous dishes). It wasn’t perfect–my sauce was a little runny and yours looks more thick so I need to work on that. Plus next time I’ll add more curry and likely some cayenne to make it spicier. And probably throw in more veggies too.

    Question and this may be a dumb one: how does someone whisk something with broccoli in it? I was questioning if I had done something wrong or if you just meant to make sure it all got mixed in.

  50. When in Rome…or when in the Philippines do as they do. Go for it! Off to make curry :)

  51. What size was the can of beans? I have dry chickpeas and am trying to see how much I’d need!

  52. Made this for dinner today and YUM!!! This is going on my permanent dinner rotation list. So easy and so yummy. I made it with the garlic and onions (of course), upped the curry paste to 3 table spoons because we like it spicy and added a cup of coconut water because I went over board on the broccoli. We love it, Thank you!!!

  53. Testing gravitar.

  54. I made this tonight and it was WONDERFUL! I added the onion and garlic since I had it on hand, and a couple extra teaspoons of the red curry paste for added spice. I topped it with crushed peanuts and some cilantro, and it was a hit at our house! Thanks for this easy peasy recipe!

  55. I made this with a clove of garlic and chipped green onion, cauliflower and broccoli together, and red pepper. I liked it but I didn’t really enjoy the coconut taste, so I could probably find a substitute for that if I decide to make this again.

  56. Julie Dixon says:

    I ran across this just now (April 2015); recipe sounds yummy…DID you get the moped???

  57. Anjeline says:

    This looks delicious! But I’ve never had red curry paste. Is this spicy? And if it is, is there something I can do so it’s not spicy? Thanks!

    • Hi, Anjeline! Red curry paste may or may not be spicy, depending on the brand. Often, you can figure out if it is spicy by reading the jar. If you are nervous about the level of spice, you could decrease the amount of curry paste you put in. Also, topping the dish with plain yogurt or avocados can help tame it down. :)

  58. Get a Harley! It is safer if you can go the speed limit!
    <3 vegetarian recipes :)

  59. Grace Terry says:

    I don’t care ANYTHING about mopeds, whether you have one or drive one or whatever….but thanks for the recipe.

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