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Red curry with chicken and vegetables is easy when you start with store-bought curry paste. Perfect for Red Day lunch.

It's not really cheating to start with red curry paste - making the real thing involves ingredients you're unlikely to have around, and the cans of curry paste store well on the shelf. Just make sure you get the good stuff1.

1 tin condensed red curry paste + 1 can coconut milk
OR
2 cans red curry sauce
1 can tomato paste (mainly for color here, but it tastes good too)
1.5 lbs chopped chicken breast or thigh
1 red onion, chopped
handful mushrooms, chopped small
1 chinese eggplant, chopped small

- Saute the onion in a bit of oil.
- Open the curry paste and simmer with coconut milk until thoroughly mixed, or open and heat the curry sauce.
- Add the tomato paste, and stir until worked in.
- Add the chicken, eggplant, and mushrooms.
- Simmer until all are cooked through.
- Serve in bowls over rice.

1That likely means some non-english characters on the side of the can; check your local Asian market. I like Maesri brand, which comes in little color-coded cans the size of tunafish cans. Next best is the ready-to-use curry sauce in cans, again hopefully with Thai characters on the side. The stuff in glass jars isn't nearly as good, and powder almost certainly isn't worth your time.
My dad liked how this looked so good, maybe we'll make it, Thanks!
I also like to add red bell peppers (about a quarter of a pepper per serving) when I make red curry. One of my preferences is that I add about a cup of water to the mix to make it more soup like. Additionally I cheat and use two 10oz cans of canned chicken so I can cook the dish faster (I've never had anybody notice the difference before). The canned chicken considerably speeds up the process since its precooked and prechopped.
As soon as I saw the pictures (before even reading the first sentence), I <em>knew</em> this was for that Instructable on all the colors each day. These look pretty good too, you guys are awesome for the idea of wearing a different color everyday, and eating that color and everything else. Great job.<br/>+1 rating again, your recipes are good.<br/>

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