Yellow king prawn and vegetable Thai curry

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When the urge for a curry strikes it can be tempting to choose an Indian curry without giving curries from other countries a second thought so step away from the naan breads and give this Thai curry a go instead! The curry paste is straightforward and can be made in a larger quantity than is needed and it can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge so you then have it to hand for next time. I usually use medium red chillies in recipes so you have a gentle heat whilst being able to appreciate all the other ingredients but crank up the heat if you are so inclined!

Ingredients- serves 2-3
For the yellow curry paste
1 banana shallot- finely chopped
2 garlic cloves- grated
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 red chilli- finely chopped
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp shrimp paste
1 tbsp medium curry powder
Zest of 1 small lime
1 tbsp vegetable or groundnut oil

For the rest
400g can of coconut milk
200mls vegetable stock
200g pack of deveined king prawns
1 tbsp palm sugar
1 piece of fresh lemongrass
Handful of baby aubergines- chopped
Handful of sugar snap peas- shredded
Small pack of tenderstem broccoli- trimmed and sliced if large
Baby corn- chopped
Juice of half a lime
Freshly chopped coriander
150g jasmine rice to serve

1. Make your paste first by simply combining all of the paste ingredients in either a pestle and mortar or a mini food processor. Bring it to a thick paste consistency.

2. In a wok or deep frying pan, add another tablespoon of oil and gently fry the paste for a couple of minutes until it starts to release its fragrance. Pour in the coconut milk and stock along with the palm sugar and lemongrass; bring to a simmer and stir to ensure the sugar is dissolved. Add the chopped aubergine. Continue to allow it to simmer for around 15-20 minutes so the flavour develops.

3. When you are happy with the base of the curry, add the remaining vegetables in and simmer to cook until tender. When the vegetables are close to being ready then add in the prawns and simmer until they turn a blush pink. When ready, finish with a good squeeze of lime juice and a helping of chopped coriander.

Yellow king prawn and vegetable Thai curry- because there are more colour curries than just red and green!

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Prawn and squash red Thai curry

When life gives you plenty of frozen king prawns and leftover butternut squash then the answer is to use them to create a beautifully fragrant Thai curry. Now for a word about the curry paste: yes, the ingredients list does look lengthy but it really is worth the effort! The paste can be made in large quantities ahead of time and then kept in the fridge. You will need the equivalent of around 2 tbsp worth of paste if you are cooking this for 2 people and simply double the amount for 4.

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Ingredients- serves 2
200g raw peeled king prawns- deveined
Half a small butternut squash- cut into bite sized chunks
300ml coconut milk
100ml chicken stock

For the red curry paste
6 whole dried red chillies
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 tbsp galangal- chopped finely
1 tbsp lemonsgrass- chopped finely
1 tsp peppercorns
5 garlic cloves- finely grated
1 inch piece of fresh ginger- finely grated
2 shallots- finely chopped
1 lime- zest finely grated
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt

1. Start off by making the curry paste by toasting the coriander and cumin seeds in a small pan over a medium heat. As the spices start to release their fragrance, remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly before grinding in a spice grinder or pestle and mortar. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine to form a thick paste.

2. Heat a small amount of vegetable or groundnut oil in a wok or wide frying pan and fry off the curry paste for a couple of minutes. Add the coconut milk and stock and stir well to combine. Increase the heat and bring to the boil before lowering to a simmer. I covered the pan and simmered it for around half an hour so it begins to reduce down and gives the flavours time to the flavours develop.

3. The chunks of butternut squash will take around 10 minutes for bite sized pieces so pop them in when you’re ready and simmer until almost tender. Check the chunks by piercing them with a knife; if it sinks in easily then it is ready! Towards the end of cooking, add in the prawns and simmer until they are cooked through. Serve the curry immediately with some extra chopped red chilli or a little freshly chopped coriander if you like and dig in. This is also delicious with sticky Thai rice which is easily accessible in supermarkets now.

King prawn and squash red curry- delicate, fragrant and oh so delicious so get cooking!

 

Thai beef panang curry

Thai beef panang is a great introduction to cooking Thai at home. It tends to be milder than a lot of Thai curries but can easily be adjusted if you prefer a bit more fire in your curries! Other meats, or even, tofu can be used in place of beef however this stands up the spices well so do give it a go. Peanut is included in this recipe as it traditionally is- remember it is important to find plain peanuts and not ones that have been already salted or roasted.

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Ingredients- serves 4
Vegetable oil
400ml coconut milk
3 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp palm sugar
Handful of pea aubergines or chopped baby aubergines
Few kaffir lime leaves- deveined and chopped
4 minute steaks
1- 2 red finger chilli peppers- deseeded and finely chopped

For the spice paste

2 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coarse sea salt
Few peppercorns
3 dried red finger chillies- soaked in water until softened
1 piece of fresh lemongrass- finely chopped
1 banana shallot- finely chopped
3 garlic cloves- chopped
Small piece of galangal- finely sliced
1 1/2 tbsp shelled plain peanuts
Few kaffir lime leave- deveined and finely chopped
2 tsp shrimp paste

1.You can make the curry paste well in advance to save you time later; it stores well in the fridge too. Take a small pan and dry fry the coriander and cumin seeds for a couple of minutes over a medium heat until the spices start to release their fragrance.

2. Place the toasted spices and all the other ingredients, apart from the shrimp paste, in a small processor or pestle and mortar and blitz until they form a paste. The shrimp paste needs to be cooked before adding to the mix so it doesn’t taste as strong. do this by taking a small piece of kitchen foil and loosely wrapping the shrimp paste in it; cook in a dry frying pan for a minute before adding to the spice paste and combining well.

3. When you are ready to make the curry, take a large pan and heat a glug of vegetable oil over a medium heat. Take the curry paste you have made already and fry for a few minutes until the flavours begin to be released. Pour in the coconut milk and add the before bringing to the boil. Add in the pea or baby aubergines, kaffir lime leaves and palm sugar and simmer for around 10 minutes to allow the spices develop and the sugar dissolves.

4. Keep the pan on low and add strips of minute steak; they will cook in a few minutes in the curry so keep an eye on them. When the beef is done to your liking, divide the curry between four bowls and top with fresh red chilli or extra peanut (adjust according to taste). Serve with jasmine rice.

Classic beef panang curry- bursting with flavour to wake up your tastebuds!