For the green curry paste you will need:
- Chilies (I used two really hot ones - they look like the habanero, maybe they are) but if they are less hot you will need to add more - depending on your taste
- A handful of spring onions (most recipes call for shallots but I can't get these here) or half a yellow onion
- 8 cloves garlic
- 3 cm chunk of ginger (or galangal if you have it)
- 1 tablespoon of sliced lemon grass (I don't have this so I don't use it)
- A slice of lime rind
- A big handful of coriander leaves, stalks and roots
- 1/2 a tablespoon of peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon each of roasted coriander and cumin seeds (I throw them in a dry frying pan over high heat for a minute or so and they're done) - you can use a bit less of ground coriander or cumin too
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
- Juice of one lime
- Shrimp, chicken, fish or whatever vegetables you want to use (could be pumpkin, sweet potato, tomato, carrot, snow peas, whatever you fancy). I used two dozen small shrimp.
- 1 onion cut into wedges
- Oil (whatever type you like to use)
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- Fish sauce to season
- Some coriander leaves to garnish
Put whatever oil you like to use in a frying pan and throw in your shrimp, fish, chicken or vegetables and fry until they are about half cooked. The reason I do this is rather than putting them in raw into the sauce is because they add a really deep flavor to the oil and as a result to the rest of the dish. Take them out of the pan and put aside, leaving the oil in the pan. Cook the onions, and add the paste, I add around 3 tablespoons first, give it a bit of a fry and then I pour in the coconut milk, the water, bring it to a boil and then I taste and add more paste until it suits my taste. Add some more fish sauce, then whatever protein or vegetables you are using and simmer for a few more minutes until cooked through. Add more fish sauce if necessary. Sprinkle with fresh coriander leaves. Serve with steamed rice. Easy.
This will serve 3 hungry and 4 less hungry people.