As some of you might know, I’ve been planning to write a food blog for quite a while now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Feeling insecure & being unable to decide with which recipe to start my hopefully- multiple food blogs, I once send a friend a list of recipes I was planning to post , asking her to chose the first one for me. Now I’m ashamed to admit that this poor friend has been waiting for this particular recipe for ages…I can only hope that she’ll forgive me now:)
Because, here it is at last;
‘My humble version of Vegetarian Thai Green Curry’
My sister & I adore this curry and it has become a stable around our house. We love it so much that, when we made plans for our kitchen-garden last spring, we reserved a large piece of our garden for the sole purpose of growing enough coriander for our favorite curry-paste. By now the freezer is packed with enough curry paste to get us through a long winter without fresh coriander.
I once found a version of this recipe on the internet, tried it & haven’t stopped making it since. As it goes with recipes, I have modified it slightly & started making it my own more and more. Most of the changes I made have been pointed at making the recipe/ the ingredients more day-to-day, so that I could make it anytime, anyplace. But none of these changes have influenced the delicious flavor of this lovely Thai curry.
Is it hard or complicated? No, not at all. It basically consist of two steps; making the paste & making the actual curry, using your curry paste as a base. I often make the paste in advance. I have even found that the flavors in the curry become deeper & richer when the paste has been in the fridge or freezer for a while.
Well, here it goes; the actual recipe…
Vegetarian Green Thai Curry, Naomi Style
Serves 3 or 4 persons
Ingredients for the Curry paste
- 1 large onion, peeled & quatered
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled & halved
- 3 cm fresh ginger (or just a nice, large piece), peeled & halved
- 1 or 2 fresh red peppers (depending on how hot you’d like your curry to be)
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds or 1 teaspoon coriander powder (katoembar)
- 5 tablespoons of Soy sauce
- A gulp of vegetable oil (peanut oil, sesame oil or even olive oil will do)
- 1 tablespoon of(fresh) lemon juice
- Zest from 1 lime
- A large bunch of fresh coriander
- Chopping board
- Sharp knife
- Food Processor
Preparing the Curry paste:
- Place all the ingredients, except for the fresh coriander, in a food processor & process it until everything is finely chopped.
- Now add the fresh coriander. Since I always use quite a bit of coriander, it is best to cut the bundle of coriander in a few smaller pieces or add it bit by bit. Otherwise the food processor tends to get a little stuck.
- Using a spoon, push the paste down a couple of times, while whizzing the coriander through the other ingredients.
- The paste is done, when it is smooth & quite moist. If the paste seems a bit dry, you may add some extra oil or soy sauce.
So, that’s your paste done! You can place it in the fridge while preparing the rest of the curry or freeze to use some other day. When freezing the paste, I usually scoop it into a small plastic bag or bowl. When using a plastic bag, it’s best to use an extra bag, to preserve maximum flavor.
Alright, and then onto the actual making of the Green Thai Curry…
Ingredients for the curry:
- 3 or 4 stalks of celery, cut into chunks
- A small eggplant, cleaned & cut into chunks
- A red bell pepper, cleaned & cut into chunks
- Approximately 500 grams of Broccoli, cleaned & cut into small florets
- 2 tablespoons of peanut oil/olive oil
- 200 ml of coconut milk
- 200 ml vegetable stock
- 1 lime
- Baking tray
- Large pan or wok
- Chopping board
- Sharp knife
- Silicone Spatula
Preparing the curry:
- Preheat your oven on 200°C/400°F/gas 6
- Place all the vegetables , except for the broccoli, in a large bowl & sprinkle with approximately 1 tablespoon of oil. Add some salt & hustle well.
- Place the vegetables on a lined baking tray & place in the over for approximately 25 minutes or until the vegetables are golden & staring to char. (I often make sure the vegetables are in the oven, while I make the curry paste.)
- Place a large pan or wok on the stove on a high heat
- When the pan is hot, add the remaining oil & lower the temperature to medium heat.
- Now add the paste (careful, it will splatter!) & stir-fry for about 1 minute.
- Add the broccoli & keep stirring for about a minute, to avoid the paste from burning.
- Now add the coconut milk, the stock & give it a good stir.
- Bring it back to the boil, reduce the heat to low & place a lid on the pan. Let it cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
- Take the roasted vegetables out of the oven & add them to your curry.
- Season the curry with either some soy sauce or salt.
- Press down the lime on the kitchen counter and roll it around a couple of time, while putting pressure on it. This way a lot of juice will be released from the lime, which will all end up in your curry & will make it extra tasty.
- Now cut the lime in two above the pan & squeeze out the juice.
- Top your curry with some coriander & serve it with either Basmati rice or noodles.
Note 1: when it comes to the vegetables you want to put into your curry, just go with what you like. I personally love broccoli & eggplant in this particular curry, because they tend to soak up a lot of flavor. But feel free to experiment. Be careful when you add things like zucchinis or mushrooms, they can make the curry a little watery
Note 2: I often boil the noodles together with the broccoli in the stock & coconut milk. It’s a bit tricky, because the pan tends to get quite full, which makes stirring complicated….but it’s well worth the trouble. The noodles pick up the curry flavor really well. If you want to give this a try, make sure to precook your noodles for about a minute. I use block noodles, which normally have a 2 minute cooking time. Add the noodles before adding the roasted veggies. When the noodles & the broccoli are almost done, add the roasted vegetables & follow the rest of the recipe.
Well, that was it:) Not so hard after all..
If you have any questions, comments or tips on writing my next recipe, feel free to leave a message & I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Hope you enjoy your curry & until next time!