Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Thai Green Chicken Curry

This is one of the easiest curries i have ever made. Considering that it was my first time with a Thai dish, this one turned out pretty awesome. It goes well with Jasmine flavoured rice, but we had it with just plain rice and it sure was good enough. You can make this with any meat, sea food, meat and seafood and as a vegetarian dish.. You more or less can decide what goes into it.

Chicken Breasts- 500 gms cut into bite cubes
Bell Pepper- 1 medium size chopped lengthwise(any colour)
Onion/ Shallots- 1/4 cup
Spring onions- 1/4 cup (optional)
Green chillies- 2 slit lengthwise
Thai green curry paste (any brand, store-bought)- 3 tsp (heaps)
Ginger paste- 1 tsp
Garlic paste- 2 tsp
Coriander pwd- 1 tbs
Chilli pwd- 1 tsp (can substitute with Chilli sauce as well)
Fish sauce- 2 tbs
Dark Soy sauce- 1 tsp (or 1 tbs of the regular soy sauce)
Coconut milk- 1 can
Coriander leaves- chopped fine, to garnish
Oil- 2 tbs
Salt- to taste

In a large wok, heat the oil and sautee onions and peppers till soft. Add the ginger and garlic paste, coriander pwd and chilli pwd to this and mix well. In goes the cleaned chicken pieces and once they become light brown, add the Thai green curry paste. Sautee for a few minutes and then add the sauces (fish and soy sauce and if using chilli sauce, that too at this stage) and salt and make sure the entire chicken is covered in this mix. In goes the coconut milk, simmer till the meat is cooked through. I left it on low heat for quite sometime so that the gravy and coconut milk flavour will nicely be infused into the chicken pieces. Add the green chillies and keep stirring once in a while. Just before you take the curry off the flame, sprinkle the spring onions and give one final stir and when you serve it, garnish with coriander leaves. I think the coriander leaves add that extra taste and flavour to the whole meal, try not to avoid that. Ro however got mad seeing the 'leaves' and managed to remove quite a bit of it.

If you do not have the store bought Thai Green Curry Paste, here is a recipe i found online.
Green chillies- 3 chopped
Garlic cloves- 2 minced or approx tsp of paste
Lemon grass stalks- 1, sliced
Kaffir lime leaves- 6
Shallots- 3 finely chopped
Coriander leaves- a handful
Ginger- 1 inch piece finely grated
Peeled rind of half a lime
Coriander pwd- 2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Shrimp paste- 1 tsp (optional)
Pepper- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Oil- 1/2 tsp or more if desired

Blend all the ingredients together till it forms a thick paste and voila you have your Thai green curry paste. If you have leftover, after using the desired amount in your curry, you can transfer it into a jar and store in the refrigerator for future use. It is an added task to make the paste, but an easy one if you can find all the ingredients.

Notes: You can throw in beans, corn, carrots, peas, potatoes, broccoli, egg plant or any othergreen vegetable you fancy. Paneer is also a good substitute for meat i guess
The entire dish is made uncovered.
If you have the Thai green curry paste and coconut milk, the desired taste will be achieved no matter what.


Enigma said...

Nishii i'm impressed :P hehehe u who hate cooking is getting the hang of it...good...and me who loved to try dishes dont even enter the kitchen now..hhehe

An Open Book said...

I have evolved as a woman :) what id like to think but no...i know its not that way:)
i do it because i dont have a choice kel..and its by some fluke that it turns out well..but this one is so so easy even a kid can do it if you have the paste. its quite fool proof

Rahul said...

wow looks awesome gonna try cook this...gotta figure how Kaffir lime leaves looks though

Enigma said...

ahh i know di.... I know that once we move i too will end up having to cook...being forced to do somethin daily is somethin i hate... humm life i say!!!

Anonymous said...

Tnx for sharing a new chicken dish...

An Open Book said...

Rahul...if you dont have kaffir leaves, you can omit it because you are anyay putting lime rind..

Enigma..yes, being forced to do anything is not the most enjoyable of things

Sangi..thanks for stopping by and you are welcome :)

archana said...

Looks very restaurant-ish. Yum !

An Open Book said...

Thanks Archana...coming from a pro, i should be damn thrilled :)