Monday, February 16, 2009

Gastonomic Delights 3: Thai Green Curry

There's always time for another mix, but this will be the last one for a while as from the end of this week things will start to pile up a little. This post is also my 300th on this blog. I've got some good bits in the pipeline, but nothing now until the middle of next week.

Thai green curry

Serves 4

Preparation time less than 30 mins

Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour

1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp green curry paste (according to taste)
1 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
1-2 thick stalks lemongrass, fat ends bashed with a rolling pin (optional)
750g/1½lb skinless, boneless chicken, cut into chunks (use breast and/or leg meat)
6-8 kaffir lime leaves, torn into pieces (if unavailable, use the grated zest of 1 lime)
400ml/14fl oz coconut milk
good shake of Thai fish sauce or light soy sauce
small handful of coriander, roughly chopped
½-1 lime, juice only

1. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the green curry paste and sugar and cook over a fairly high heat for about a minute, stirring with the lemongrass, if using. Reduce the heat slightly and stir in the chicken pieces and lime leaves or zest until coated in the paste. Add the coconut milk, fish sauce or soy sauce and bring to a simmer, cooking for 25-30 minutes until thickened slightly. Stir in the coriander and lime juice. Check for seasoning, adding more fish sauce or soy sauce if needed.
2. The curry is now best left to sit for a few minutes so the sauce becomes creamier. You will also taste the true flavours of the curry paste ingredients when it's slightly cooler. Serve with lots of fragrant Thai jasmine rice.

And what could go better with a bit of cooking than yet another food-themed mix?

Aqueous Haze - Kassem Mosse (Mikrodisko)
Moonlight Reflections - STL (Something)
Free Your Mind - Tony Lionni (Aesthetic Audio)
A2 from 'The Flatwick EP' - Knarf Simpson (Quintessentials)
Trackwerk 001
Leg Back (Ray Okpara remix) - Christian Burkhardt (Oslo Special)
Surreal - VSexion & Ntanos (Siteholder Uncut)
House Camp - Tom Clarke & Daniel Dreier (Highgrade Digital)
Pong (Ben Klock's Strings & Bones remake) - Kerri Chandler (Deeply Rooted House)
Where Were You - Rolando (Delsin)
A - Seldom Felt 3
Therapist - Wolf & Lamb (Wolf & Lamb)
Phosphenes (Efdemin remix) - Simon Flower (Poker Flat)
A - Frozen Border 001
Eyespeak (Motor City Soul remix) - Ed Davenport (Liebe Detail Spezial)
Bygone Times (Nostalgia mix) - Andy Vaz (Yore)

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Wael-x said...

great mix man, your selections are very tasteful, and i will admit that i dig the dishes you recommend!

Pollux said...

Cheers man, appreciate it.