We had some friends over for dinner last Saturday night. I wanted to make something tried and tested and also that can be prepared in advance so I made my thai green curry.
I had done a cooking course in Thailand 9 years ago (that makes me feel old) which including a lot of grinding and making pastes with a pestel and mortar. The food was lovely but labour intensive enough that I could only be bothered to do it again a couple of times once I got back. A few years ago I wrote down this recipe which is easy enough to always make a curry paste from scratch (or freeze half for next time. (I think this originally came from the BBC food website although I can’t find it on there again.)
6 green chillies
2 roughly chopped shallots (or one small onion – white not red)
a 5cm piece of fresh ginger, chopped
2 garlic cloves
a small bunch of fresh coriander (stalks included)
2 lemongrass stalks – chopped
1 lime – zest & juice
1 lime – zest
1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground peppercorns
2 tsp thai fish sauce
3 tbsp olive oil
Once you’ve made the curry paste the curry is really easy:
– heat some oil and add half the paste (2-3 tbsp), 1 tbsp brown sugar and a stalk of bashed lemongrass – fry for a couple of mins
– add diced chicken, zest of 1 more lime and cook for a bit
– add 1 tin coconut milk (or 2 for 4 people), a good dash of fish sauce and simmer for 30 mins
– right at the end stir in another bunch of fresh, chopped coriander and squeeze over the juice of 1 lime
As we had guests over I also tried out a couple of new recipes for starters, both not mine so I will link to them on the BBC Good Food website:
Thai spinach bites – Once I made this mix I was worried that the lime and the ginger in them would be over-powering, but I followed the recipe to the letter and the balance was just right. The half chilli I put in was a little on the large side I think and they had quite a kick.
Fragrant Thai Prawns – These have also got a kick and are so tasty. We served both starters up with prawn crackers and I almost wish we had some bread to dip into the sauce left in the bottom of the bowl because it was so yummy. I’ll definitely make these again and again.