Chicken Green Curry Gaeng Keeo Waan Gai

Green curry is perhaps the most ubiquitous of all Thai curries. You'll find it on the menu in practically every restaurant in the kingdom, and it makes a frequent appearance at the curry stalls. Although the dish has its origins in the central plains, it's found and appreciated throughout the country. Much of the attraction of green curry is its flexibility. It works well not only with rice, but is also quite popular as a topping for the spaghetti like rice noodles called khanom jeen. It has also proved quite popular for adding a Thai twist to Italian pastas. The flexibility also extends to the meats used. Although chicken is the most common, you'll find almost any meat used in green curries, from beef and pork to fresh water fish.

Chicken Green Curry
Chicken Green Curry

Green Curry Paste

First, you have to make the green curry paste.

Ingredients

Green spur chillies20 g
Green mouse dropping chillies20 g
Shallots20 gsliced
Garlic20 g
Galangal5 gfinely chopped
Lemongrass10 gsliced
Kaffir lime peel2 gfinely chopped
Coriander leaves10 gchopped
Black peppercorns3 g
Roasted coriander seeds5 g
Cumin5 g
Prawn paste (kapi)5 goptional
Salt td>5 g

To prepare the curry paste, grind all of the ingredients together until you have a smooth paste. Store excess paste refrigerated in a tightly sealed jar. It will keep for several weeks at least. In fact, it's best if you make the paste a day or two before you need it. The paste tends to get better with a little age!

Chicken Green Curry Recipe

(Serves 4)

Ingredients

Green Curry Paste1 Tbsp
Chicken60 g
Thai Eggplants20 g
Pea Eggplants40 g
Sweet Basil3 g
Coconut Milk280 g
Red Spur Chillies5 g
Kaffir Lime Leaves5 g
Palm Sugar½ Tbsp
Chicken Bullion Powder10 g
Fish Sauce1 Tbsp
Vegetable Oil1½ Tbsp
Fresh Milk¼ Tbsp

Preparation Method

  • Fry the green curry paste in vegetable oil until the aroma is released. Add the thick portion of the coconut milk and continue stir-frying until the aroma returns.
  • Add chicken and when the chicken is about half cooked, add the remaining coconut milk.
  • Add eggplants and lime leaves. When cooked through, add seasoning: chicken powder, fish sauce, palm sugar, fresh milk, chillies and sweet basil leaves.
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