Thai Green Curry
• 1 to 1.5 lbs. (about 0.7 kg) boneless chicken thigh or breast, cut
• 4 kaffir lime leaves
• a generous handful of fresh basil
• 1 can coconut milk
• 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and cut into chunks
• 1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise several times, then cut into chunks
• 2 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying
Green curry paste:
• 4 small green Thai chilies, OR substitute 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers
• 1/4 cup shallot OR purple onion, diced
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, grated
• 1 stalk lemongrass, sliced thinly OR 3 Tbsp. frozen prepared
• 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
• 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
• 1 tsp. shrimp paste
• 1 cup fresh coriander/cilantro leaves and stems, chopped
• 1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
• 3 Tbsp. fish sauce
• 1 tsp. brown sugar
• 2 Tbsp. lime juice
1. Prepare the chicken and chop the bell pepper and zucchini.
2. Place all the "green curry paste" ingredients together in a food
processor. Blitz to a paste. If necessary, add a few Tbsp. of the
coconut milk to help blend ingredients. Set aside.
3. Prepare the lime leaves by tearing the leaf away from either side
of the stem. Discard the central stem. Then, using scissors, cut
leaves into thin strips. Set aside.
4. Warm a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil
and swirl around, then add the green curry paste.
5. Stir-fry briefly to release the fragrance (30 seconds to 1
minute), then add 3/4 of the coconut milk, reserving 2-3 Tbsp. per
serving portion for later.
6. Add the chicken, stirring to incorporate. When the curry sauce
comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium or medium-low, until you get
a nice simmer.
7. Cover and allow to simmer 3-5 more minutes, or until chicken is
cooked through. Stir occasionally.
8. Add the red bell pepper and zucchini, plus the strips of lime
leaf, stirring well to incorporate. Simmer another 2-3 minutes, or
until vegetables are softened but still firm and colorful.
9. Do a taste-test for salt, adding 1-2 Tbsp. fish sauce if not
salty enough. If you'd prefer a sweeter curry, add a little more
sugar. If too salty, add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice. If too
spicy, add more coconut milk. Note that this curry should be a
balance of salty, spicy, sweet and sour, plus bitter (the bitter is
found in the fresh basil garnish).
10. Serve this curry in bowls with rice served separately, allowing
guests to add their own. Top each portion with fresh basil, then
drizzle over with 2-3 Tbsp. coconut milk.
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