Thai Green Chicken Curry

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • 1.5kg chicken drummettes (meaty part of the chicken wing)
  • 8 apple aubergine, quartered
  • 1 cup pea aubergine
  • 2 cups bamboo shoots
  • 6 fresh kaffir lime leaves
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tsp white sugar
  • For the Green Curry Paste
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 8 large green chillies (mild), chopped
  • 3 small green chillies (hot), chopped
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, white part bruised and finely chopped
  • 4cm piece of galangal, peeled, roughly chopped
  • Peel of 1 kaffir lime, finely sliced
  • 3 shallots, peeled, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ tbsp shrimp paste

1. Place coriander seeds in a dry pan over medium-high heat and cook for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Transfer to a mortar. Repeat with cumin seeds. Then grind spices to a fine powder. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

2. Place green chillies into mortar and use a pestle to pound to a smooth paste. Add each of the following ingredients separately, pounding well after addition: lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime peel, shallots and garlic. Stir through shrimp paste and ground spice powder.

3. To cook the curry, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry curry paste for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Add coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add chicken and bring back to a simmer. Add bamboo shoots, eggplants and kaffir lime leaves.

4. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Add fish sauce and sugar. Taste and add more if necessary.

5. Serve with steamed rice.

6. Tips: Using a mortar and pestle for the curry paste allows the ingredients to become bruised and release their natural oils and aromas. You could also start the paste in a mortar and finish in a food processor for a smoother paste.

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