5 Reasons To Love Green Thai Curry (Kaeng Kheiyw hwan thiy); Making the Paste at Home

It is really just a 10 minute job to cut open a pack of Thai Curry Paste and throw in some veggies, chicken or seafood with a can of coconut milk. Honestly, I’d do it too if it wasn’t a Sunday. There are some good brands easily available in the market in metros. Here’s a recipe for those wish to make green Thai curry paste at home.

I prefer making my own Thai curry paste for a number of reasons.

1)   Ready Thai curry paste is not always easily available.

2)   The balance of spiciness, tanginess and the flavours can be adjusted to suit my taste.

3)   The freshness of coriander roots and freshly cut lemongrass cannot be replaced by a ready pack.

4)   I make the paste once in a month and can store it in an airtight container for weeks. So, I can still make my thai curry in 10 minutes.

5)   This Thai Curry paste recipe is vegetarian and contains no fish sauce. So, my vegetarian or vegan friends can enjoy it too!

 Ingredients:

Green Thai Curry Paste

Dark Green Chilies, heads removed            (remove seeds to reduce spice)      6 – 8

Lemongrass, stalks only, chopped               5, 5 inch each

Coriander Stalks and roots, cleaned           ½ cup

Garlic cloves, peeled              10 cloves

Ginger, peeled           2 ½ inch, cut into small pieces

Lemon zest                 of 2 ½ lemons (use lime if available)

Coriander Seeds, roasted     3 tablespoons (about 45g)

Cumin Seeds              1 tablespoon (about 15g)

Lemon Juice               of 1 Lemon

Light Soy Sauce         2 tablespoons (about 30ml)

Shallots/ Madras Onion, peeled      2

Salt to taste

Extra Virgin Olive Oil                        2 tablespoons (about 30ml)

Galangal (if available)        1 ½ inch pieces, peeled and cut

Kaffir Lime Leaves (if available)             4-5 leaves

Thai Basil (if available)     4 -5 leaves

Method:

Add all the Ingredients in a grinder jar and blitz them together to a fine paste.

 

 

Green Thai Curry

Vegetables

Babycorn        5 pieces, cut diagonally

Frenchbeans              15 pieces, cut diagonally

Mushrooms                10 pieces, sliced

Brocolli           1 whole, cut in florets

Red Bell Pepper        1, large, cut into odd triangles

Capsicum       2, medium, cut into odd triangles

Eggplant (Brinjal)     cut into dices

Proteins

Tofu                100g, cut into odd triangles

OR

Chicken, boneless thigh        150g, cut into cubes

OR

Fish Fillet        2 fillets, cut into large triangles

OR

Tiger Prawns, cleaned and deveined         4-5 pieces

For the Curry

Olive Oil (or any Vegetable Oil)       2 tablespoon (about 30ml)

Green Thai Curry Paste        4-5 tablespoons (as per your preference)

Light Soy Sauce         few drops

Coconut Milk              2 cups (about 400ml)

Salt      if required

 

Method:

1)   Heat oil in a pan and add in the thai curry paste, soy sauce and sauté.

2)   Boil water in a pan, pop in the broccoli and beans for 1 minute, then plunge it in cold water. Drain the water and keep aside the cooking liquid and vegetables aside.

3)   Add in the babycorn and frenchbeans to the thai curry paste and stir fry for 2–3minutes.

4)   Add in the tofu/chicken/fish/prawns, add the mushrooms, broccoli, bell peppers and the remaining vegetables and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.

5)   Add in one cup of cooking liquid and bring the curry to a boil.

6)   Add in the coconut milk, cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed jasmine rice.

NOTE: You can enhance the flavours that you prefer in Thai curry by adding specific ingredients in the curry. While sautéing the paste, add in lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves for tanginess, green chili julienne for heat or fish sauce instead of salt more authentic thai flavour.

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