Thai Green Curry

Sharing is caring!

Nothing beats a fresh-cooked meal with awesome flavors that is a treat to your eyes and appetizing too. It’s green, leafy, earthy, and creamy. Thai Green Curry is indeed a rich curry stirred in coconut milk and simmered with meat or veggies.

The smell, aroma, and color, are sure to draw your attention to the world where the sweet, savory, spicy, and sour meet.

thai green curry served in the bowl

What is Thai Green Curry?

Thai curry is all about a curry paste, coconut milk, often a protein and vegetables or fruit and herbs.

Thai Green Curry is a creamy yummy mild green curry made with coconut milk and green chilies. Cooked with a vegetable or meat, this curry is packed with flavors, where coconut milk is the balancing factor here. It is fresh and flavored with cilantro/coriander leaves, basil, lime, and Kaffir lime leaves.

The Thai Chillies are the serious heat givers, while the green chilies (cayenne peppers) are for the flavor and color. With a homemade green curry paste, you can adjust the spiciness that tickles your taste buds.

Thai green curry paste is also readily available at stores, which can save you up a little bit of sweat when you’re at a loss of time. If some of the ingredients are not easily available at your place, the ready-made paste is the best option.

Traditionally, this curry is made with chicken and fish sauce; I’m going vegan here, highlighting the crispy tofu in this green spicy and creamy curry.

Why Green Curry?

  1. I’ve stocked my kitchen with Thai ingredients, so here am I on a spree in sharing some of the Thai recipes that I love. Check out my Pad Thai recipe, it’s truly a beauty in balance that you shouldn’t miss trying.
  2. Thai Green Curry is gluten-free and the intensity of this dish lies in its freshness.
  3. Thai Green curry, garnished with Thai Basil leaves is definitely a beautiful dish to serve for your family and friends. It makes a great recipe to be prepped for the weekend, considering the versatility of this dish. Well, you can make this or Thai Red curry (coming up in my next post) along with the Pad Thai for a wholesome Thai meal

How to Make Thai Green Curry Recipe: 

green curry ingredients
These all the ingredients to make Thai green curry.
oil in the sauce pan
Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil in the sauce pan.
green curry paste is being stir fried in the sauce pan
Add 3/4th cup Green curry paste, stir and cook for 5 to 6 minutes to remove the raw smell of the paste.
broccoli and green curry paste in the sauce pan
Add 3/4 cup broccoli florets that has been blanched, stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
coconut milk is being added to the sauce pan
Add 1 cup coconut milk
green curry is being cooked in the small sauce pan
Stir and cook for another 2 minutes ( if you find your curry is very thick , add 1/2 to 3/4 cup water for your desired consistency)
tofu and kaffir leaves are added to the green curry recipe in the sauce pan
Add cubed tofu and kaffir leaves, cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
basil leaves is added to the green curry is being cooked in the sauce pan
Add handful of Thai basil leaves.
a pinch of salt and sugar is being added from the white bowl
Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
a small glass bowl of lemon juice is being added to the green curry
Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Mix well. Cover and cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
green curry recipe is served in the bowl

Expert Tips

  1. Ensure not to thicken the sauce for long; or else the curry will lose the fresh green colour
  2. To bring down the heat, you can always remove the seeds and pith from the chillies; in case if it’s too spicy after cooking, alter the curry with coconut milk
  3. Fish sauce is added to give the saltiness
  4. Sometimes when you reduce the chillies to adjust the spice, the green colour might be pale; the trick is to blend in more of coriander leaves or basil leaves
  5. For that extra crunch, sauté the veggies first before adding them to the curry
  6. When choosing your favourite veggies, choose the softer ones that cook faster
  7. Much of the flavour of lemon grass is in its lower stalks; trim the top and use most of the bottom stalk (say up to 5 inches)

Health Benefits

  1. The coconut milk is fattening, but it is good fat. Coconut milk lowers bad cholesterol and promotes good cholesterol
  2. This Thai Green curry can be compromised to adapt to your health needs too. The overall nutritional value contributes to an increase in vitamins and minerals and protein.
  3. Curries are a blend of spices and herbs, where the ingredients used have many health benefits. The fresh ingredients used here are enough to defend its health value. For example, cayenne pepper, which is one of the important ingredients, is considered to be the most powerful in terms of health benefits.
  4. There is a common belief that anything green is good for health; green chillies have proven to be beneficial in digestion, metabolism and is known to balance blood sugar. It is the perfect choice for weight loss, as it has zero calories and higher water content.

Note

  1. You can use any protein or vegetable that will suit the cooking time and method of this curry. Some of the vegetarian variations are Eggplants, Zucchini, Green Beans, Cauliflower, Asparagus, Carrots, and Potatoes, Pumpkin, Snow Peas, or Mushrooms. You can also play around with combinations that will go well with each other.
  2. To substitute fish sauce, use a light soy sauce.
  3. Other than that, chicken, shrimp, or fish pieces, beef, or pork can be added. Considering the cooking time of the meat, add them accordingly.
  4. To make it spicier, in South Thailand, bird’s eye chilies are added in the curry.
  5. A good substitute for Kaffir lime leaves is a lemongrass stalk or chopped lime zest.

Other Recipes you may love to try: 

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Thai Green Curry


  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Nothing beats a fresh-cooked meal with awesome flavors that is a treat to your eyes and appetizing too. It’s green, leafy, earthy, and creamy.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 3/4th cup Green curry paste
  • 3/4 cup Broccoli florets.
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup tofu
  • 5 kaffir leaves
  • 10 Thai basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. To a saucepan, heat peanut oil. Add Thai green curry paste, stir and cook for 5 to 6 minutes over a medium flame to remove the raw flavor of the curry paste.
  2. Add broccoli florets that have been blanched already. Mix the broccoli with the curry paste, stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Then add coconut milk, the first extraction of the coconut milk which is very thick. (You can add 1/2 cup of water to get your desired consistency)
  4. Add the cubed tofu and kaffir leaves. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add a handful of Thai basil leaves, sugar, salt, and lemon juice. Mix everything well and cook for 1 minute and serve.

Notes

  1. Ensure not to thicken the sauce for long; or else the curry will lose the fresh green color
  2. To bring down the heat, you can always remove the seeds and pith from the chilies; in case if it’s too spicy after cooking, alter the curry with coconut milk
  3. Fish sauce is added to give the saltiness
  4. Sometimes when you reduce the chilies to adjust the spice, the green color might be pale; the trick is to blend in more of coriander leaves or basil leaves
  5. For that extra crunch, sauté the veggies first before adding them to the curry
  6. When choosing your favorite veggies, choose the softer ones that cook faster
  7. Much of the flavor of lemongrass is in its lower stalks; trim the top and use most of the bottom stalk (say up to 5 inches)
  • Category: Maincourse
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: thai green curry , green curry , green curry recipe

Sharing is caring!

30 Minutes Recipes | Bachelor Cooking | Curries & Gravy | Gravy for Rice {VEG} | What's for Dinner? | International Cuisine | 15 Minutes Recipes | Lunch Recipes

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful heavenly yummy recipe with all of us.

    1. Nithya Narasimhan says:

      Thank You Sumit.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe rating