Green curry is one of the most famous and appreciated dishes of Thai cuisine. Here is a typical recipe from Southern Thailand, with chilli leaves. Serves 2.
The chilli leaves not only bring a characteristic flavour, they also give a nice green colour to the curry sauce. A green curry made with few chillies won't be green! But add a handful of leaves and the result will be transformed.
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon white peppercorns
3 green bird's eye chillies
1 kaffir leaf, finely chopped
15 g galangal, chopped
1 teaspoon kaffir lime zest, chopped
20 g lemongrass, finely chopped
10 g shallot
5 g garlic
1 coriander root
1 handful of chilli leaves
1 teaspoon salted soybeans
Using a stone mortar, pound the ingredients, adding them little by little, in the order indicated above. The paste is ready when it is smooth: you should no longer be able to distinguish one ingredient from another. As a rough guide, the paste should be pound for about 10 minutes.
Curry paste prepared according to the above recipe.
150 g tofu, diced
200 ml coconut cream
200 ml vegetable stock
½ tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
30 g pea eggplant
2 Thai green eggplants, quartered
1 handful Thai sweet basil leaves
½ fresh cayenne pepper, thinly sliced
Bring half of the coconut cream to the boil and dissolve the curry paste in it. Add the remaining cream and mix well.
Stir in the stock and when it starts boiling again, add the tofu, seasoning (soy sauce, salt, sugar) and eggplants. Cook over low heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Taste to adjust seasoning and remove from heat. Add the basil (keep a few leaves to garnish) and mix.
Transfer to serving bowls and garnish with cayenne pepper and basil leaves.