December 17th, 2008

Vegetarian Thai Green Curry

Vegetarian Thai Green Curry

Thai cooking was one area I had not ventured into, for a long time. I had been reading about Thai food, the glories of their fragrant Jasmine rice, exotic green, red and yellow curries, green papaya salad and the like. Having sampled excellent Pad Thai and other dishes in an Asian fine dining restaurant for my birthday didn’t prove to motivate me enough to create Thai food in my kitchen.

About a year ago, Ro happened to be in Bangkok. Since cuisines taste best and sometimes even different in their native places, I egged him to try out Thai cuisine. Being a complete foodie and having eaten a lot of Thai food even in his non-vegetarian days, he would surely be able to tell the difference.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that after staying in Bangkok for 4 days, he was about to leave for Mumbai in 4 hours and had not eaten a single Thai dish! He told me that he had been surviving on Pizzas, Pastas and Chinese grub. It was when I reminded him: Ro you cant be leaving Bangkok without eating Thai food!  He then decided to have Thai cuisine for lunch at the hotel in which he was staying.  Ro requested the chef for a pure vegetarian Thai menu without any oyster sauce and shrimp paste and was served the Thai green curry with plain steamed Jasmine rice and a salad. He relished the Thai Green curry so much that he requested the hotel staff to give him the recipe for me, which they kindly obliged. When I served the Thai green curry for lunch today, he told me that he feels he is in Bangkok. So much so for almost having left Bangkok without tasting any Thai fare!

Vegetarian Thai Green Curry Recipe

This recipe is courtesy the staff at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit hotel in Bangkok. Since I like to eat and serve fresh food, I have modified the ingredients for the curry paste to make one serving of the curry, which should easily serve 4 people. Add the chillies to your liking and if you cant place the Thai green chillies substitute with local green chillies.

Ingredients:

For the curry paste:

8 to 10 Prik Kee Noo chillies/birds eye chillies/thai chillies or 3 to 4 green chillies
2 Lemon grass stalks chopped
2 or 3 Kaffir Lime leaves (if dry use soaked in hot water) (optional)
½ cup Coriander leaves (use the stalks as well)
1 tsp Galangal or fresh root ginger
1 tsp Coriander seeds
½ tsp Peppercorns
½ tsp Salt
1 tbsp Groundnut/Peanut or any other vegetable oil
2 tbsp Water

For the Curry:

400ml Coconut milk
1 medium size Broccoli cut into florets
1 potato cut into cubes
10 to 12 Baby corns chopped into thirds
1 Red bell pepper/capsicum
2 tbsp Cashew nuts
½ cup Vegetable stock (you can reserve water from cooking vegetables)
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt

Method: Blend all the ingredients for the curry paste in a mixer/blender into a smooth paste.  Cook the baby corn, potato and broccoli in a cup and a half of water. Heat the oil in a pan or a wok and fry the cashew nuts and red bell pepper until the cashewnuts are golden brown. Stir in the curry paste and fry for a minute or two until the raw smell is gone. Add in the cooked vegetables. Lower the flame and pour in the coconut milk and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, stirring all the while to prevent splitting the coconut milk.

Serve with Thai Jasmine Rice, Plain Rice or Pad Thai.

Serves 4.

Filed Under: Baby Corn, Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cashew, Chili (green), Cilantro, Coconut Milk, Coriander Seeds, Curries, Family Get Together, Featured Recipes, Galangal, Gluten-free Recipes, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Lemon Grass, Main Course, Pepper, Potato, Thai, Vegan Friendly Recipes, Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Stock · Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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  1. Rustoo says:

    Thai? I have tasted it once, didnt like it that much. But this recipe seems very yum :)

  2. Anushruti says:

    Hi Rustoo, vegetarians generally dont get accustomed to Thai food easily, mainly because of the oyster sauce and shrimp paste. So if you are one, as I remember ask for Thai food without these. And if you get a chance to try this recipe or have someone make it for you, you might like it just like I did!

  3. What is the noodle served with this?

  4. Anushruti says:

    Plain Pad Thai. You can also serve it with plain rice.

  5. Katie-Rose says:

    I’ve always wondered why a Thai curry is green – is it the colour of the chillies that decides what ‘colour’ it is?

  6. Anushruti says:

    HI Katie, thanks for your visit and comment. The chillies have very little to contribute to the green colour in this case. The colour comes from fresh coriander and thai basil leaves if one is using them.

  7. Mihir says:

    This is the most appetising dish I have seen. Green and White. The first time I had good Thai food was at Paradise Island at West End. Good stuff

  8. Uma Jayaraman says:

    Hi Anu.. A visual treat, The professional touch and caring for details.. its all there.Am looking forward to more recipes.Simi is going to try the thai dish today….

  9. medha kaku says:

    Hi
    It is nice to see your site. The recepie is mouth watering.I will certainly try. Hope we will get more and more rfreshing recepies. All the best to you.

  10. Your sister :) says:

    Yup, as MIL says I did try this to the tee… every bit of the recipe and the specs. It was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I take no credit for it though. Its like the recipe got translated from you to the cooking pan through you… mystical!

    Tejas and Amma said it was the most exotic dish they’d tried. And Mihir just loved it!

    What can I say more than that it was a DIVINE TASTE!!!!

  11. Anushruti says:

    Uma aunty: Thanks

    Medha kaku: I still owe you the jackfruit biriyani recipe.

    Simi: The credit should go to you for cooking it up! Great to see you indulging in culinary jaunts.

  12. Preethi says:

    I’m going to try this tomorrow! Want to get the lime leaves and lemon grass stalks…

  13. Shubha says:

    The subtle flavour of the herbs in this curry render a truly saatvik taste to it. Looking forward to more curry recipes!

  14. Divya says:

    Hello,

    Just came upon this site through the reference given in Kurma’s site. Really very well illustrated..hats off!

    Would love to try this recipe..By any chance do you get these ingredients in India?

  15. Shruti says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    We’re almost namesakes! I also came across your site from Kurma Dasa’s site and have really enjoyed reading your posts.

    Using a combination of your recipe and another vegetarian one, I made the Thai Green Curry and it was lovely, the beautiful photo from your site was my inspiration!

    I particularly like the touch of cashews, I think it’s a wonderful addition that I have not seen in the curries that you can get in Thai restaurants (outside Thailand).

    Thanks for your posts and wish you well for your journey into motherhood.

  16. Anushruti says:

    Divya: All these ingredients are easily available in most cities of India. For this recipe, you can substitute locally available ingedients. Use dried lemon grass if fresh lemon grass is not available and substitute galangal with fresh ginger.

    Shruti: Yes…the cashews add magic to this curry. Thanks for your wishes.

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  18. Aarthi says:

    Hi Anushruti, I cam across your blog recently and I have really enjoyed all your recipes and posts. I too am a vegetarian and I have recently started baking. Your recipes are super useful..I have already tried the strawberry cupcakes and the eggless cake recipes. I tried your thai green curry recipe just last night and hubby and I were literally fighting for the last spoon. Your dishes are so simple and hearty. Thank you for sharing your recipes and hope you post more wonderful recipes soon :)

  19. srilatha says:

    hi anu,
    I tried your Green curry recipe last night,Bought fresh lemon grass and thai ginger added thai basil leaves, it was just awesome, loved it,by any chance do you happen to have a red curry recipe too.
    By the way you looklike priya from dil chahta hai movie!
    Good wishes

  20. Dhaval says:

    I made this curry following this recipe on Valentine’s Day. My wife was very impressed. We both loved it very much. Goes great with Thai Jasmine Rice.

  21. Rashmi says:

    Hi Anu,

    My husband is a big fan of thai food, i am really glad to have found this authentic recipe from you.. We made this today and he told it tastes truly authentic just like the ones you get at good thai restaurant. Thanks for the recipe !! Could you post a recipe for Pad Thai?

  22. Anushruti says:

    rashmi: Do send in a picture the next time you make it for me to post on divinetaste facebook page. Sure will post a recipe for phad thai.

  23. Richa says:

    Thanks so much ! The recipe is perfect and the dish turns out great – every time. Could you also share how to make a Thai red curry ?

  24. Bhavana says:

    Thanks a ton for this recipe! I love Thai curries but I’ve never tried making one before. Mine came out absolutely perfect :)

  25. Anushruti says:

    Richa: Ofcourse I can! Will add your request to my recipe que.

  26. Anuradha says:

    Hi Anu..made this thai green curry for my family esp my for my husband who loves thai food..the recipe is perfect.. ..authentic..he loved it..!Thanks a lot Anu for the recipe.

  27. Anushruti says:

    anuradha: How nice to hear that! Thanks for the feedback.

  28. Greetings! I’ve been reading your website for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic job!

  29. Sudha says:

    Tried this recipe (without the kaffir lime leaves) and it turned out perfect. Adore your website, especially for its sattvik aspect. Keep up the wonderful job that you are doing. Can you please post Thai red/yellow curry paste recipes too?

  30. Anushruti says:

    Enid: Thanks so much for the shout out! Right back at you, greeting from India! :-)

  31. Anushruti says:

    Sudha: Thanks. Will keep your recipe request in mind.

  32. Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group?

    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

  33. shivani sood says:

    Great blog. Please share recipe for red curry also.

  34. Dnieper says:

    I’m cooking this for my wife tomorrow, I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  35. Tejal Sharma says:

    Hi anushruti,
    I made this yesterday on our anniversary, it came out well but the colour was not as green as yours…..otherwise it was full of flavours. I made pad Thai noodles and bread and butter pudding with strawberries along with it ….my husband was more than happy to have such a wonderful dinner…..I again thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing such recipes and making my special days extra special!!

    P.S Thank you again for posting the moong dal waffle recipe… I was one of the requester.

  36. Anushruti says:

    Tejal: Thanks for the feedback. I’m honoured that I could make your anniversary special.

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