Thai curry

Thai curry

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  • 2 to 3
  • Easy
  • 10 minutes
  • 10 minutes


  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 2 T curry paste
  • 125 g baby brinjals
  • selected main ingredient of your choice. Meat, poultry or seafood
  • 1/2 cup shelled peas
  • 2 Thai lime leaves, torn or crumbled
  • 1 T fish sauce
  • 1 T palm or brown sugar
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • 1 chilli. thinly sliced
  • Steamed jasmine rice, to serve

Cooking Instructions

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Don’t shake the tin of coconut milk before opening so as not to disturb the layer of rich cream on the top. Spoon the cream into a medium saucepan and heat over a medium to high heat. Reduce cream until smooth and bubbly.

Add 2 tablespoons curry paste to the cream. Stir well to combine and fry for a few minutes until fragrant. Stir cream if it starts to brown around the edges.

Pour in the remaining coconut milk. Mix well until smooth. Bring to a boil.

Add 125g baby aubergines, cut in halves or quarters or 1 long Asian aubergine, cut into bite-size chunks, and simmer for about 5 minutes until tender. Add 250g – 300g of the selected main ingredient, such as:

  • bite-size strips of chicken, pork or steak
  • small cubes of fish or shelled prawns
  • thinly sliced pan-fried duck breast or chopped roast duck
  • prepared vegetables (any mix of sliced baby corn, small cauliflower florets, sliced, trimmed green beans, shredded Chinese cabbage, baby spinach leaves).

Simmer for a few minutes or until cooked. Stir in 1/2 cup shelled peas and 2 Thai lime leaves, torn or crumbled, 1 tablespoon fish sauce and 1 teaspoon palm or brown sugar. Taste to check that it is slightly sweet and salty.

Lastly stir in a handful of shredded fresh basil leaves. Sprinkle with thinly sliced fresh chilli. Serve with plain steamed jasmine rice.

Cook's note: Thai sweet basil has a strong aniseed or liquorice flavour and fragrance. It’s very different to the sweet basil in our supermarkets. Substitute dried Thai lime leaves for fresh ones. Simply crumble into the sauce.

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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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