Monday, June 28, 2010
Thai Green Chicken Curry
I decided to make one of these from scratch this evening and it turned out delicious. What you need is,
500g boned and skinned chicken thighs
2 finely chopped onions
1 yellow pepper, finely chopped
10 mushrooms, sliced
1 tin of coconut milk or 150g of coconut powder blended with 300ml of fresh milk
One large handful of fresh coriander
2 inches of fresh ginger, sliced
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 red chillies
20 ml of lime juice
1 large stalk of lemongrass, crushed and sliced
2 tablespoons of Thai fish sauce
1 tablespoon of Thai 7 spice
1 heaped teaspoon of cornflour
First I chopped the chicken thighs and coated them with the Thai 7 spice. Chicken thighs are much nicer than breasts I think cos the flavour is better and the meat is juicier. It's also cheaper than breast.
I then washed the coriander and added it to a food processor along with the ginger, garllic, chilli and lime juice. After blitzing for about ten seconds I removed the lovely aromatic paste and set it aside.
Frying that delicious thigh meat was the next step. I fried it in a little rapeseed oil which I allowed to get nice and hot. Once browned I removed it from the pan.
I added the onion afterwards and fried it for 3 minuted. once the onion was gettion nice and soft I added the paste to the pot. It smelled really pleasant and aromatic as I fried it for about a minute.
Adding the coconut milk and mixing it with the onion and paste was the next step. I then added the mushroom, pepper and the browned meat to the mix along with the crushed and sliced lemongrass stalk.
After simmering for 10 minutes I added the Thai fish sauce. I believe this really makes the difference as it brings out the richness of the flavours. I added the cornflour afterwards which ever so slightly thickens the curry sauce. I prefer to add the cornflour as I don't like my curries too runny.
After serving this delicious curry on a small bed of brown rice I took it into the sitting room and wolfed it down. I transferred the remainder to my lunchbox for tomorrow and took the above pic with my trusty old Nokia phone.