Hits 6745 | Created 2007-12-20 | Modified 2007-12-20
When you want a quick and simple Thai curry, you don't want to make the base from scratch, you want to use a paste - it's not a bad thing, they use them in Thailand too! This is vegetarian and vegan too, but read your paste ingredients carefully. Takes 30 mins, serves 2-3.
You will need:
1 x Tub of X.O. Green Curry paste
1 x Tablespoon Soy Sauce (to taste)
4-6 x Mushrooms (depends on size of mushroom)
1-2 x Carrots (depends on size of carrots)
1 x Green pepper
1 x Block of tofu
1 x 400ml can of coconut milk
Handful of Holy Basil (optional)
Some cooking oil
For 2-3 people, takes 30 mins start to finish
Fry 100g of paste in some oil for a few moments, then add half the coconut milk.
Cook until oily, a few minutes.
Add rest of coconut milk, fill 1/4 of the can with water and add this too.
Add chopped carrots, mushrooms, and any other vegetables you want to use (except the pepper).
Cook for 10 minutes, gently, covered. Add the peppers after 5 minutes or so to the main curry pan (if you cook the peppers too long, they go soggy).
If cooking normal rice, you should start this now.
Whilst cooking, prepare the tofu. You can press it to remove water in advance if you like, but otherwise just chop into cubes and fry in a hot, non-stick frying-pan with some oil until golden on all sides.
Add tofu, soy sauce, cook for a couple of minutes.
Add chopped holy basil if using and cook for just another minute, then turn off heat.
Serve in bowls with communal rice on the side (You spoon rice into your bowl as you eat), bottles of soy and chilli sauce.
There should be quite a lot of liquid, not too thick (or it will be very rich) and not too thin (or it's a bit tasteless) - you can experiment with the amount of water you add.
Curry paste: X.O. is my favourite, many others have shrimp added to them, which may or may not bother you. Other brands to check are
Mae Ploy, Mae Sri etc. They can be bought in Thai, Chinese etc shops, or on-line. I tried the powder once, but it wasn't as good at all.
Holy Basil: A bit like normal basil, but with a stonger, unique taste. Can also be bought in Thai, Chinese etc shops.