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June 21st, 2007


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01:53 am - Favorite Thai Food I make
The two recipes I'm posting originally came from a thai cookbook, but I've modified both (especially the 2nd) that they now feel like mine. Following these recipes are the recipes for the curry pastes I make. These two are among the more common dinners that I make, so this should also give you an idea how the three of us eat (when cooking for amberite, I cook a separate pan and make a version with bake tofu, gluten, or tempeh, most often tofu).

Thai Cashew Chicken
(serves 2)

1 TBS oil (I use ½ sesame, ½ safflower)
1 dried red chili
1.5 tsp chopped garlic
1.5 tsp red curry paste
1 large lime leaf (also called kaffir lime leaf) sliced and chopped
8 oz thinly (1/8") sliced chicken (I use boneless chicken breasts)
1 TBS fish sauce
1 TBS oyster sauce
½ tsp sugar
3 TBS water or chicken stock
2 sliced green onions
2 oz roasted whole cashews

  • 1) Stir Fry oil chili, garlic, curry paste, & lime leaf until the garlic is fully cooked (do not brown)
  • 2) Add chicken and stir fry 1 minute, add fish sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar and stir fry until chicken is cooked and slightly golden.
  • 3) lower heat to medium and add stock or water and green onions, cook for 2-3 minutes, then add cashews, mix well, and cook for 1 minute.
  • 4) Serve over long grain jasmine white rice (for 2 people, I use 2/3 cups rice cooked in 1 cup water, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1 TBS Shaoshing (aka Shaoxing) Chinese cooking wine).

Beef with Basil, Curry, and Green Beans
(serves 2)

1 TBS oil (I use ½ sesame, ½ safflower)
1.5 tsp chopped garlic
1 large finely chopped shallot (3-4 TBS)
1.5 tsp green curry paste
1 large lime leaf (also called kaffir lime leaf) sliced and chopped
1/8 tsp black pepper
7-8 oz minced beef (I chop cubes of half frozen beef in the food processor until it is in small pieces rather than use hamburger, but hamburger will work, just less well) alternately, you can use 7-8 oz of thinly (1/8") sliced pork
1 TBS fish sauce
1 TBS oyster sauce
1 tsp sugar
3-4 TBS water or chicken stock
6 oz fresh green beans sliced into 1-2" pieces
5 TBS chopped fresh Basil leaves

  • 1) 1) Stir Fry oil, garlic, shallot, curry paste, lime leaf, and pepper until the garlic & shallot are fully cooked (do not brown)
  • 2) Add beef (or pork) and stir fry 1 minute, add fish sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar and stir fry until meat is fully cooked.
  • 3) Lower heat to medium, add stock and green beans, cover and cook until green beans are done. Add more liquid as needed to keep the liquid volume approximately the same. Cooking time is around 5 minutes.
  • 4) Turn off heat, add basil leaves, stir to combine, and quickly serve over long grain jasmine white rice (for 2 people, I use 2/3 cups rice cooked in 1 cup water, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1 TBS Shaoshing (aka Shaoxing) Chinese cooking wine). When served, the basil should be half wilted, not fully cooked.

Green Curry Paste
2 TBS finely chopped lemon grass (chop in spice mill, blender, or food processor before mixing with other ingredients)
1 TBS fresh or powdered galangal
1 TBS chopped garlic
1 bunch cilantro (with roots if possible)
½ tsp lime zest
8 green chilis (seed half for a less hot curry paste)
8 cracked black peppercorns
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp shrimp paste
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground cloves or 2 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
1 small or ½ medium chopped yellow onion
1 TBS oil

Blend in food processor or blender until smooth

Red Curry Paste
2 TBS finely chopped lemon grass (chop in spice mill, blender, or food processor before mixing with other ingredients)
1 TBS fresh or powdered galangal
1 TBS chopped garlic
8 dried red chilis (seed half for a less hot curry paste)
8 cracked black peppercorns
½ tsp fresh ground nutmeg
1 TBS chopped fresh lime zest
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp shrimp paste
½ tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves or 4 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
1 small or ½ medium chopped yellow onion
1 TBS oil

Blend in food processor or blender until smooth
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From:moominmuppet
Date:June 21st, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, that beef recipe sounds wonderful! I'm saving this!
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From:rhiannasilel
Date:June 22nd, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
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*loves curry yum*

No promises, here, but I think I can get some really nice curry recipes from one of the developers where I work. She literally just came over from India a week ago so I'm sure any recipes she has will be out of this world. I'm looking forward to the shrimp curry that she said she was going to make and save me some. If I do manage to get any recipes, I'll be sure to pass them your way.
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From:heron61
Date:June 22nd, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Ooooh, that sounds wonderful.
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From:baxil
Date:June 25th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Saved for later reference. Thank you especially for the curry paste recipes - normally we have to go buy it premade.

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