I really like coconut and peanuts. I can’t say I’ve ever found a good way to put them together until now. Add curry and you have a wonderful dip for all manner of crudités. I made the dip to go with sugar snap peas. I could eat pounds and pounds of sugar snap peas. They can satisfy a crunch craving and a sweets craving simultaneously.
This is simple, so I’ll keep it short.
1) Know that the flavor of red curry grows. When you first taste this you might think I have used a light hand. Give the dip 15 minutes. Allow the flavors to meld, and then decide whether it needs more punch.
2) Coconut milk usually separates. So shake your can before opening it. Or, make sure you mix it well once you open it. In the photo I have scooped out a spoonful of the solids and it has the consistency of heavy whipped cream. Once you stir it in, you will have nice thick coconut milk.
3) Dry roasted peanuts can have all kinds of ingredients in them that you never knew were there. Read the labels. Try to find peanuts without a lot of added spices.
1½ cups dry roasted peanuts
1¼ cups coconut milk (regular, not low fat)
3 teaspoons red curry
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1. In the bowl of a food processor, process the peanuts until they are almost smooth.
2. Meanwhile, combine the red curry and brown sugar in a small bowl. Combine the coconut milk and white wine vinegar in a measuring glass.
3. With the processor still running, add the sugar and curry. Finally, add the coconut milk and vinegar. Continue to process until the sauce is completely smooth. Scrape the bowl and then pulse a few more times. Remove the dip to a serving bowl.
I will be using this sauce for many things. We have eaten it on Japanese noodles with grilled chicken and it was wonderful. It is a great sauce for an Asian-inspired wrap, as well. But in this simple state, as a dip, it can’t be beat. It is an easy, flavorful treat for adults and kids alike.
For the recipe that started my current kick of whirling up peanuts in my food processor, try these Very Homemade Salted Peanut Butter Cookies.