April 11, 2010

Thai Green Curry Chicken

I was planning to cook this from the time when I had had it for first time in a Thai restaurant, and finally got the opportunity to make it today. The Thai Green Curry Paste I had got was also lying in the shelf for months. Finally I got all the ingredients and tried making it today. I used the curry paste from the market as it I was not getting all the ingredients for the paste easily, and wished to not make my own substitution, keeping it more authentic. After looking at the many recipes online that had different ingredients cooking method, I decided to use pepper and cherry tomatoes along with chicken. But while shopping I saw a can of bamboo shoots in water and decided to put that in too. However, I couldn’t find lemon grass and simply used the lemon grass powder for the flavor. Served with jasmine rice, it turned out like I remember from the restaurant. It was a perfect blend of the spicy curry paste and coconut milk, with the lime giving it a pleasant refreshing flavor. I have more curry paste left and will be glad to cook it again soon, maybe even for guests!


700gm chicken breast
400ml coconut milk
140gm bamboo shoot
1 big red pepper
10-15 cherry tomatoes
1 shoot of lemon grass (I used 2tbsp lemon grass powder)
1 small onion
1inch ginger
6tbsp green Thai curry paste
6-8 Kaffir lime leaves
1 lime
1sp oil


1. Chop the onion and cut the pepper in thin slices.
2. Drain the bamboo shoot pieces and keep aside if you are using it from a can.
3. Chop the lemon grass.
4. Finely grate the ginger or make a paste.
5. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
6. In a wok, heat 1sp of oil.
7. When heated, add the sliced onion and vegetables.
8. Let it fry for 2-3min on medium heat. Stir from time to time so it doesn’t turn brown.
9. Add the Thai green curry paste, ginger and lemon grass. Let it cook for a couple of minutes until the
10. Fragrance of the spices come out.
11. Add the coconut milk, and on medium heat let it come to boil.
12. Add the chicken, lime leaves and cherry tomatoes.
13. Let it cook for around 15mins, until the chicken is tender and there is the subtle fragrance of lime and coconut.
14. When done, add salt if needed.
15. Stir in the juice of 1 lime and let it cook for 1 more min.
16. Garnish with lime leaves, lemon grass and serve hot with rice (Thai or Jasmine rice).

If you are using Thai green curry paste from a store, it may have salt added, so check it before adding salt in the gravy.

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