Ayam Paprik/Spicy Chicken Stir Fry
After long days of Winter & Spring playing hide and seek, finally today it looks like its time to crack the windows open and dust the patio furniture.The days of gloomy weather of darkness & cold is behind us now, time for some bright colors that lighten your spirit, so picked the brightest bell peppers in the veggie aisle, nothing makes me more happier than their cheerful colors.Wanting to try something different than the usual, this Thai recipe with the Mangalorean spices was a ready fit….yes, Spring into bright colors, with a spirit of adventure and the warmth of home, thus sprung this new recipe, Ayam Paprik/Spicy Chicken stir fry (Thai style).The word “Paprik” is derived from “pad” which means fry, while “prik” means chili in Thai.
The original recipe calls for”Nam Prik Phao/Thai roasted chili paste”, I added the spicy equivalent of that, the Mangalorean curry powder ( a good blend of chili & spices) along with the Thai fish sauce & the sweet soya sauce that is required for this recipe.The flavor is in the sauce , not so much the ingredients itself.There are days when you suddenly feel a craving and no matter what you tell in your enlightened state of mind, to the growling stomach it just would not listen…so today it was a loud call for spicy chicken, mind you not a curry…yes the messages are crystal clear at such times .Last Sunday, while I cleaned my refrigerator( yes, I’m very disciplined about religiously following that duty every weekend !) I spotted a packet of Mangalorean curry powder which I had long presumed was over, my joy knew no bounds
(like when you find a dollar in an old coat pocket, kinda joy) because this spice powder is magical, it can turn any dish yummy with just a sprinkle & I had thought my supply was empty…..so I just ignored the Thai chili paste which was called for in the recipe & liberally added the Mangalorean spice powder I had & Viola, the result was yummilicious.It was worth cracking the window open, the aroma filled the air outside.
Just this morning, I read on a friend’s wall, that eating with chopsticks helped loose weight, so I threw in that for good measure wink emoticon just in case, if it helped the weight watchers smile emoticon .Enjoy, a good Thai dish & work it out taking long walks, breathing in the fragrance of the Spring air smile emoticon
Listed below are some of my published blog posts using Bell Peppersin my recipes, for your interest :