Photo: Thomas J. Story; Prop Styling: Joni Noe

YieldsServes 4 (makes 3 cups curry and 4 cups rice)
AuthorDirty Gourmet, dirtygourmet.com

The complex flavors of this Thai curry come from powdered coconut milk and peanut butter, plus multiple kinds of dehydrated vegetables. For a faster option than boil-in-bag rice, you can bring instant. The recipe comes from the outdoor cooking experts behind the blog Dirty Gourmet, dirtygourmet.com.

GEAR Nalgene bottle (for measuring), 2-qt. backpacking saucepan, backpacking stove and fuel, small knife, spork, small cutting board, backpacking ladle

How to Make It

Step 1
1

AT HOME

2

In a bowl, combine coconut milk and peanut butter powders, brown sugar, garlic powder, and salt; transfer to a 1-qt. resealable bag. Combine freeze-dried vegetables, onion flakes, and mushrooms in a second 1-qt. bag. Seal curry paste in a small plastic bag.

Step 2
3

IN CAMP

4

Pour 1 cup water into bag with dried vegetables; seal and set aside 15 to 20 minutes to rehydrate.

Step 3
5

Meanwhile, in a 2-qt. saucepan, bring 4 to 5 cups water to simmer­ing. Add rice, set lid slightly ajar on pan, and simmer rapidly, adjusting heat as needed, until grains look cooked, 10 to 15 min­utes. Lift bags from water, drain­ing water from them, and set on a plate. Cover with another plate and set aside. Drain all but 1 cup water from pan.

Step 4
6

Cut a hole in bag with curry paste and squeeze into hot water. Pour in coconut powder mixture and stir until well blended. Stir in re­hydrated vegetables. Cook curry over medium heat, stirring, until steaming, about 3 minutes.

Step 5
7

Cut open rice bags and pour onto plates. Spoon curry next to rice and sprinkle with peanuts. Cut lime into wedges and add to plates.

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*Wilderness Family Naturals organic coconut milk powder is perfect for curries ($20/1 lb.; wildernessfamilynaturals.com). Bell Plantation PB2 powdered peanut butter has roasted flavor ($4/6.5 oz.; natural-foods stores and walmart.com). Harmony House Foods freeze-dried and dehydrated vegetables (such as carrots, green beans, and corn) taste great as snacks and in stews (from $2.95/4 oz.; harmonyhousefoods.com). Find dried onion flakes with the spices at well-stocked grocery stores, and red curry paste in the international aisle.

Ingredients

 1 cup coconut milk powder*, such as Wilderness Family Naturals
 6 tablespoons peanut butter powder*, such as PB2
 2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
 2 teaspoons garlic powder
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 6 tablespoons mixed freeze-dried vegetables*, such as carrots, green and red bell peppers, and green beans or peas (Harmony House Foods)
 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes*
 1/4 cup chopped dried shiitake mushrooms
 6 tablespoons red curry paste*
 2 pouches boil-in-bag brown rice, such as Uncle Ben's
 1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts
 1 lime

Directions

Step 1
1

AT HOME

2

In a bowl, combine coconut milk and peanut butter powders, brown sugar, garlic powder, and salt; transfer to a 1-qt. resealable bag. Combine freeze-dried vegetables, onion flakes, and mushrooms in a second 1-qt. bag. Seal curry paste in a small plastic bag.

Step 2
3

IN CAMP

4

Pour 1 cup water into bag with dried vegetables; seal and set aside 15 to 20 minutes to rehydrate.

Step 3
5

Meanwhile, in a 2-qt. saucepan, bring 4 to 5 cups water to simmer­ing. Add rice, set lid slightly ajar on pan, and simmer rapidly, adjusting heat as needed, until grains look cooked, 10 to 15 min­utes. Lift bags from water, drain­ing water from them, and set on a plate. Cover with another plate and set aside. Drain all but 1 cup water from pan.

Step 4
6

Cut a hole in bag with curry paste and squeeze into hot water. Pour in coconut powder mixture and stir until well blended. Stir in re­hydrated vegetables. Cook curry over medium heat, stirring, until steaming, about 3 minutes.

Step 5
7

Cut open rice bags and pour onto plates. Spoon curry next to rice and sprinkle with peanuts. Cut lime into wedges and add to plates.

8

*Wilderness Family Naturals organic coconut milk powder is perfect for curries ($20/1 lb.; wildernessfamilynaturals.com). Bell Plantation PB2 powdered peanut butter has roasted flavor ($4/6.5 oz.; natural-foods stores and walmart.com). Harmony House Foods freeze-dried and dehydrated vegetables (such as carrots, green beans, and corn) taste great as snacks and in stews (from $2.95/4 oz.; harmonyhousefoods.com). Find dried onion flakes with the spices at well-stocked grocery stores, and red curry paste in the international aisle.

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