Monday, October 12, 2009

Craving Thai

I think the combination of lack of time to experiment and cooking too many dishes at one go makes me revert to known and tried and tested recipes. This obviously is making our palette want different tastes. While there is no cuisine with as much variety as Indian, not all are easy to make.

Like I would not like a parotta chops for dinner one night, or bajji for tiffin one evening or some chat for snacks one night :P Yeah, hard to make every single time you crave them especially since you have to make them for yourself. So I have begun to experiment with other cuisines that we enjoy when we go out and try to build those into our meals. And wonder of wonders, K begun to like and crave thai after 5 long years of not caring a damn.

This was my first attempt so I used the panang curry paste that I bought at a farmer's market. Next time will try making my own so I can freeze for multiple uses too.


1. Thai paste - red, green or panang curry
2. Vegetables all finely chopped in thin strips - colored bell pepper, onions, carrot [can add anything you like, I just stuck with these three]
3. basil - fresh is better
4. garlic cloves - a few or lesser depending on your taste
5. oil
6. coconut milk

Method of Preparation:

1. Place saute pan on high to medium-high heat. Add oil.
2. Put garlic cloves in and saute.
3. When done, add onions and saute till translucent.
4. Add other vegetables and saute for a few mins, don't allow to get mushy, they need to stay crisp. Being generous on the oil and heat helps this part.
5. When all done, add 1 or 2 tbsp of the thai paste and then add 1 can of coconut milk . Allow to simmer for just a few.
6. Top with basil- fresh or powder based on what's available.

Serve with rice and I think would go well with phulkas too.



MaySan said...

We finally got our guys to try Thai and they did like it. S promised he would surely come back, the promise is itself very heartening to me!

Anu Karthik said...

@ mayur: have you been to thai since?

VG said...

Hi Anu, I had been waiting to try this recipe but I could only find Thai brand Panang curry with fish. Are you talking about the Thai brand Red curry/Green curry paste which comes in small bottles and are thick?.

Anu Karthik said...

@ VG: You could try some organic stores like Whole Foods, New Seasons, Trader Joe etc..they might have the ones without fish paste. Yes I am talking about the same kind, you add a couple of tbsp of those to your vegetables and then add the coconut milk.

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