What is Green Curry?
Green Curry (Gang Kiew Wan) is my favorite Thai curry. It’s spicy, aromatic, sweet and savory at the same time. Thai green curry is so delicious, specially when it’s served with steaming white rice.
Ingredients of Green Curry Paste
The green color in the curry paste from fresh green chilies, hence the name green curry. Here are the complete list of ingredients:
- Fresh green chilies
- Cilantro roots or stems (not the leaves
- Shrimp paste
- Kaffir lime skin and leaves
Curry paste is traditionally made by pounding the ingredients in a stone mortar and pestle until all ingredients become a fine texture. I usually use instant curry paste from Asian stores, for example: Maesri brand Green Curry Paste.
You can make very good, authentic and absolutely delicious curries using store-bought curry paste. The key is to balance the flavors—it has to be spicy, rich and creamy (from the coconut milk), savory (from the fish sauce) and sweet (from palm sugar or sugar).
Sweet, sour, salty and spicy are the pillars of Thai recipes; once you master the perfect balance, you can make just about any Thai food at home!
Green Curry vs. Red Curry
What is the difference between red and green curry? Other than the color, the difference is the main ingredient used in the curry paste. Red curry uses dried red chilies, hence the red color.
How Do You Make Thai Green Curry Chicken?
Homemade green curry recipe is so easy to make and takes about 15-20 minutes from prep to dinner table. Here are the list of ingredients you’ll need:
- Chicken – you can use skinless and boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs
- Green apple eggplant or Thai eggplant, which is a variety of eggplant which is small and round in shape and used in Thai cooking. They are sometimes available at Asian stores but not often. I opted out and used canned bamboo shoots, which are widely used as a replacement in Thai restaurants in the US.
- Coconut milk
- Fish sauce
- Fresh red chilies
- Kaffir lime leaves
- Thai basil leaves
First, saute the curry paste and then add the chicken. Add the coconut milk, water, bamboo shoots, and all the seasoning ingredients. Cook until the chicken becomes tender and the green curry sauce is slightly thickened.
Serve Green Curry with:
For a wholesome dinner, make the following dishes.