A visit to Thailand is very much on my Bucket List – and without wanting to sound too greedy, the food is one of the primary reasons. Oh, and all the Thai folk I have met in my travels are delightful – yup, if you are reading this Kay, you are included ;o)
I am sure that the Thai dishes I have tried to date are barely a drop in the ocean compared to the authentic and indigenous range available – the bulk of which I have eaten in the UK have been really good. My favourite haunt for Thai food is definitely the Crazy Bear in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire and my very first experience was Chang Mai Kitchen in Oxford some 20+ years ago.
I have a fair number of cooking books on Asian and Oriental Food – to be honest (and in a good way) a lot has become quite a blur to me in terms of trying to find something which is 100% Authentic Thai (as opposed to Japanese, Chinese, or simply a fusion of many things Asian/Oriental) – a Green Thai curry should hopefully put a check in the box. This recipe is an amalgamation of a few Thai Green curries I have read – and inspiration comes from The Hairy Biker’s Asian Adventure (sadly, I do not have an oversized pestle and mortar), a Jamie Oliver blog recipe, and Bill Granger. I really hope that this Thai green curry with prawn, squid, and butternut squash hits the spot – it certain does for me.
- 1 x tbsp coriander seed
- 1 x lemongrass stem, outer leaf peeled, horizontally quartered and chopped
- 2 x large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 x chunk of fresh ginger (about the size of two thumbs) peeled and coarsely chopped
- 3 x green chillies, trimmed and sliced
- 4 x kaffir lime leaves, ideally fresh
- zest of a lime
- 4 x spring onions, trimmed and sliced
- small bunch fresh coriander, stalks and leaves separated
- 1 x tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 x tbsp Fish Sauce (Nom Pla)
- 2 x bell peppers(red and yellow for colour), tailed, de-seeded and chopped into wedges
- 350g butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
- 1 x tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 x 250 bag frozen raw tiger prawns, defrosted
- 5 small whole frozen squid, defrosted and cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 x tbsp groundnut oil
- 1 x red chilli, sliced
- 1 x pack baby corn, washed
- 1 x pack mangetout peas, washed
- 200ml vegetable stock
- 400ml half fat coconut milk
- juice of 1 lime
- coriander leaves to garnish
- First, you'll need to roast the red bell peppers and butternut squash. Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Line an oven proof tray with tin foil, drizzle a little olive oil, and put on a top rack in the oven to heat up.
- Meanwhile, slice the peppers into bite size pieces and place it in a mixing bowl. Then, cut what you need from a butternut squash, peel the outer skin, and cut into cubes Add to the red peppers, drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over, season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper and mix well. When the oven has reached temperature, remove the tray add the pepper/ butternut squash combination, even out on the tray and roast for 30-35 mins, or until starting to golden. It is worth turning over half way with tongs to ensure everything is evenly cooked. Once cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Whilst the vegetables are roasting, prepare the Thai green curry paste. In a mini chopping bowl or food processor, combine the coriander seed, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves and blitz.
- Then, add the chilli, garlic, ginger, lime zest and blitz again.
- Next, add the coriander stalks, spring onions, soy sauce and fish sauce and blitz again. Finally, add the coriander leaves and blitz until the texture is a paste.
- Heat up the groudnut oil in a large wok on a medium to high heat, then add the curry paste. and warm through.
- Then, add the baby corn and red chilli, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Spoon in the roasted butternut squash and bell peppers, and warm through.
- Next, pour in the vegetable stock, and as it comes to the boil add the prawn and squid, and stir-fry all the ingredients for a further 2 x minutes until the prawns and squid change colour.
- Pour in the coconut milk, gently bring to the boil and turn down and simmer gently for about 10 minutes.
- minutes before serving, add the mangetout peas and cook through.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and a wedge of lime, and serve with jasmine rice.
Finally, as a further variation, why not add a handful of lychees towards the end to add a sweet addition to the curry? Make sure you remove the lychee stones first.