- 1/2 cup homemade green curry paste– or 3-4 Tablespoons store-bought green curry paste (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons olive or peanut oil
- 1 cup chicken broth, veggie broth or water
- 1 can coconut milk (full fat)
- 8 ounces pound extra-firm tofu, cubed ( not silken) or chicken breast (thinly sliced- see notes)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce ( or vegan fish sauce)
- 1 Japanese eggplant, thinly sliced into half-moons
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 6–8 kefir lime leaves
- lime juice to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil leaves, torn
- lime wedges for garnish
- Other additions or substitutions: snow peas, zucchini, mushrooms, fresh chopped spinach leaves
- Serve over rice or black rice
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat, turn your fan on, and stir-fry the homemade green curry paste for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock or water and scrape up all those delicious browned bits. Stir in one can of full fat coconut milk.
Add the tofu and veggies and kefir lime leaves and bring to a gentle simmer, simmering uncovered until eggplant softens about 5 minutes. Try to prevent this from coming to a hard boil – a gentle simmer will help preserve the cococnut’s sweetness.
TIP: Remember you will be serving this over rice, which will mellow out the intensity of flavor- so I like to keep this on the slightly salty side.
Add the fresh basil leaves and serve with lime wedges over rice.
If using store-bought green curry you probably won’t need the salt and perhaps less fish sauce– so add both to taste. Bump up the flavor with sauteed chopped shallots (saute first, then stir fry with the curry paste) and add kefir lime leaves and a few slices of galangal to the curry sauce. My favorite brands are Maesri (in a can) and Mae Ploy – available at most Asian Markets. Maesri and Mae Ploy can be quite spicy so start off with 3-4 tablespoons, until you are familiar with their spice level. You can always add a little more in the end.
If substituting chicken for the tofu, thinly slice it ( 1/4-1/3 inch thick) and add it directly to the curry sauce with the eggplant or poach it in salted water or broth for just a few minutes to par-cook it. Then add it to the curry to finish cooking with the veggies.
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