Gaeng Phed Kai (Red Chicken Curry)
The Thai name of this dish literally means "hot chicken curry." There
is a very similar recipe for a green curry (Gaeng Khiao Wan Kai).
As always, the quantities are up to you.
- 5 to 10 dried red chiles
- 10 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chopped galangal
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced lemon grass
- 1/2 teaspoon zest of "kaffir" lime (ordinary lime will do)
- 1 teaspoon chopped coriander (cilantro) root
- 5 black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon roasted coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds
- Dash of fish sauce
- 1 to 2 teaspoons fermented shrimp paste (kapi)
- 6 ounces chicken (in smallish bite-size pieces)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 4 ounces Thai eggplant (these are small round eggplants)
- 2 kaffir lime leaves (or a little lime zest)
- 1 tablespoon sweet basil
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon palm sugar
- Oil for cooking
- 1 to 3 tablespoon red curry paste
- Curry Paste: Mix in a moratar and pestle or food processor. Will keep about a month in a fridge.
You can buy commercial red curry paste (Mae Ploy brand is quite good), but as far
as I am aware all commercial pastes contain MSG and preservatives.
- The Curry: Cut the chicken up, then briefly fry the curry paste until fragrant, reduce the
heat, add the coconut milk slowly, and continue to stir whilst cooking until a thin
film of oil appears on the surface.
- Add the chicken and other ingredients except the eggplant. Bring to a boil and
cook until the chicken begins to change color. Adjust the flavors to suit yourself.
When it is at a boil again add the eggplant and continue till the chicken is cooked
- Serve over rice, or in a serving bowl with other Thai dishes.
Posted by WingsFan91 at Recipe Goldmine 11/14/2001 6:23 pm.
Special thanks to Muoi Khuntilanont.