All curries in Thailand start out the same way, and then you proceed with each variation … we ate this dish served on a boat restaurant on the Mekong River … pretty amazing!
Any Thai curry can be a meal in a dish – just add any protein you are craving at the moment, and serve over rice.
If you do add meat – I did learn in Thai cooking classes that you add it to the curry, thinly sliced, and gently dropped in, then do not stir until it has cooked through – that way you avoid any raw meat flavour and your curry still has such a rich, but light flavour.
Heat a bit of oil in the bottom of pan and add 1 cup coconut milk and 1 tbsp curry paste,(choose one of the following) along with lemon grass, galanga, chili peppers to taste (start with 1!) and ginger. Cook until slightly thickened over med heat. Add meat, whatever you choose, remember that in Thailand only a little bit of meat goes a long way! onion and cook a bit. Add 1 more cup coconut milk and water as necessary. Add vegetables. Remove from heat.
(for all curry dishes)
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp palm sugar
Adjust seasonings as necessary.
Precook potato and carrot to add when meat is cooked. With 2nd cup of coconut milk add 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter and 2 tbsp tamarind. Serve with crushed peanuts and cilantro over top.
Same as above but using green curry paste and a variety of different vegetables
Same as above but different! Always use red curry paste and add pineapple.
Same as above with the addition of kaffir lime leaves.
Reserve some of the coconut milk to swirl in the top
of the curry at serving time along with fresh basil.
I can’t say it enough … taste and season, season, season. Your curry should have a full bodied flavour, many complex notes and so full of taste you can not get enough of it!