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.

Ingredients

Curry Paste

  • 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)

The Curry

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 through.
  4. 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.