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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fresh Thai Green Curry - Shrimp

Fresh Thai Green Curry

The curry paste you can buy in the store is good but cumbersome to use, CurrySimple is really good and makes making Thai curry at home even easier - but FRESH is now and always will be the best...

I had always used the paste until we hooked up with CurrySimple which is what we use 90% of the time - I had wanted to try my hand at making fresh green curry and I have to admit at first I was a bit skeptical. After the first bite I was hooked! This is a bit more time consuming to make but well worth the effort. I still use the past and CurrySimple but again, Fresh is best...

1 Stalk lemongrass
3-4 Lime leaves (available at finer markets or most all Asian/Chinese markets)
1/2 Tbsp corriander ground
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tsp shrimp paste (will not miss this if you don't use it...)
1 Tsp sugar (this plays a big part in this so don't omit it)
3-5 Green chilies - we use 2-3 sorrano and 1-2 jalapeno peppers
2 Bunches green onions
3 Cloves garlic minced
1.5" Piece ginger pealed and chopped roughly
1/2 Cup fresh cilantro (coriander) including stems
1 Tsp dark soy sauce
1 Can coconut milk (do not shake this up! You need to separate off the fat)
1 Cup sweet basil chopped roughly

Start by preparing the lemongrass - Remove the bulb and any though outer leaves. Thinly slice then mince the lower half of the stalk - the top half can be discarded. Place in a food processor. Add everything else but the coconut milk and basil to the processor bowl and blitz until it all comes together - you're not looking for a paste here but you want everything well incorporated with itself.

You will want to fry up the curry before you add the shrimp. The best method to do this is to fry the curry up in the coconut milk. Separate the thick fat part of the coconut milk and add it to a pan. Turn up the head to a medium/medium-high - once up to temp add the fresh curry. You will want to cook the curry for about five minutes. Once the curry gets to a happy place add the remaining coconut and bring it to temperature. Once heated add your shrimp and cook it through (3-5 minutes depending on your shrimp - will be a nice pink when done). Best served with rice but works well with pasta as well...

Make your plate look good - remember you eat with your eyes before your mouth...

Bon Appetit...



Fresh Thai Green Curry Shrimp 1 of 2

Fresh Thai Green Curry Shrimp 2 of 2

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