Kaeng khieu wan kai

Kaeng khieu wan kai

Green curry of chicken

By
From
The Complete Asian Cookbook
Serves
6
Photographer
Alan Benson

The green colour is imparted by the finely chopped chillies and fresh herbs added during the last few minutes of cooking. These two ingredients not only give colour, but also a distinctive flavour that distinguishes Thai dishes from other spiced preparations with a coconut milk gravy, all called ‘kaeng’ for want of a more definitive word.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1.5kg whole chicken
250ml coconut cream
3 tablespoons Krung kaeing khieu wan
750ml coconut milk
2 kaffir lime leaves
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons fresh green chillies, finely chopped
4 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, torn
or 4 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped

Method

  1. Joint the chicken into portions.
  2. Heat the coconut cream in a large heavy-based saucepan, stirring constantly until it comes to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cream thickens and oil bubbles around it — you should be left with 60 ml. Add the curry paste and cook in the rich oily cream for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. The curry paste will smell cooked and the oil will separate when it is ready.
  3. Add the chicken and cook over medium–low heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently and turning regularly until the chicken changes colour. Add the coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, salt and fish sauce and stir while the coconut milk comes to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 35–45 minutes, or until the chicken is well cooked and tender and the gravy rich and oily. Stir in the chilli and herbs, simmer for a further 5 minutes, then serve with white rice.

Variation

  • To make a green curry of duck (kaeng khieu wan pet), use a whole duck instead of the chicken and proceed as for green curry of chicken.
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The Complete Asian Cookbook
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