Thai Red Curry With Chicken – A spicy warm red curry recipe can cool you down, especially with the infusion of coconut milk and herbs and spices. Add in the veggies you like or the meat you love, and you own it.
Thai Red Curry recipe the rich aromatic dish from the land of the Thai, is a genuine dish of some of nature’s best.
What is Thai Red Curry?
This curry owes its red colour to the predominant use of dry red chilies, which is simmered in coconut milk, where the coconut milk is the balancing factor.
Thai Red Curry has more pungent and earthy flavours with garlic, shallots, soy sauce or fish sauce, shrimp paste, fresh galangal, lemongrass, Coriander root, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, Kaffir lime leaves, Thai Basil and of course, dry red chillies.
Meat like chicken, beef, pork, duck, or seafood like shrimp or fish can be added with or without vegetables. If not, tofu can be replaced for a vegan protein.
For my curry, I have used chicken; apart from being biased to my all-time favourite protein, I believe chicken has deep flavours, that also intensifies this dish. As complex as it may sound, it is easy to make and if you can’t get all the ingredients, you can always use the readily available Thai red curry paste
Why Thai Red Curry recipe?
- This curry, like the Green Curry is also gluten-free and the red curry paste is of inspired flavours, that will require a few more ingredients and a little more effort, if you want to make it by yourself. Anyway, what is worth it if there is no work.
- Curry pastes are traditionally pounded in a mortar and pestle, till you get that fine texture. Get your mortar and pestle out; it is the secret tool for having an edge over other recipes and it will always come in handy. If not, the blender is always your life saver.
- Thai Red curry recipe makes a warm happy meal for the whole family and can be stored in for later.
How to make Thai Red Curry with Chicken:
Some of the tips that I had mentioned for the Thai Green curry are the same for this dish too and are added here again for your reference.
- When choosing your favourite veggies, choose the softer ones that cook faster; and make sure to cut your vegetables in similar and smaller sizes for even and fast cooking
- For that extra crunch, sauté the veggies first before adding them to the curry
- 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)
- If you are adding tofu, ensure the firmness of the tofu before use or else it will crumble when it cooks
- For that rich creaminess in your curry, the coconut milk should not be compromised; full fat coconut milk is the tip
- Fish sauce is added to give the saltiness
- You can always alter the spiciness of this dish by adding more coconut milk
- Soaking the chillies will reduce its heat and will also make the dish flavourful
- When adding chicken, gently poach the chicken in the coconut milk, this makes it tender
- If you’re reducing the number of chillies, the colour of the dish also may change; hence to retain the red colour, tomato sauce or chilli powder can play the trick.
Health Benefits of Red curry Recipe:
- The coconut milk is fattening, but it is good fat. Coconut milk lowers bad cholesterol and promotes good cholesterol
- Many of the ingredients in the curry paste are of medicinal value, thereby helps in maintaining a healthy body.
- The core ingredient – red chillies, they possess a high content in potassium that helps in regulating blood pressure, help in burning calories, support the immune system because of its Vitamin C content and help in preventing heart ailments.
- The heat of the curry will vary according to the region from where the red chillies are grown.
- 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, Mushrooms or Red Bell Peppers. You can also play around with combinations that will go well with each other.
- If going vegan, instead of fish sauce, use a light soy sauce and exclude the shrimp paste. A good substitute for Kaffir lime leaves is a lemongrass stalk or chopped lemon zest
- What is Thai Red curry served with?
With Steamed Rice
- How can you improve the firmness of tofu?
Squeeze out the moisture by placing the tofu in between paper towels and placing a weight on top for at least 10 minutes; after which freezing the tofu cubes will make it firmer and chewier and more absorbent
- Can Red Curry chicken be made ahead and stored?
It can be made ahead, refrigerated for up to a day and reheated without allowing it to boil; you can also freeze it overnight and when reheated, add a little bit of coconut milk to thicken the consistency
- Can the homemade red curry paste be stored?
It can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or more in an air-tight container or up to 1 month in the freezer
- How can store bought red paste be used?
When using a store-bought curry paste, you can enhance your dish with some garlic, ginger and fresh lemongrass and ensure the spiciness before adding another teaspoon of it.
- How long can i store this curry?
You can store this Thai Red curry for 2 days in the refrigerator. Store the leftover curries in an air-tight container.
This curry can also be taken for your office lunch or dinner using an Insulated food jar the food jar keeps your food warm and hot for 6 hours.
The preserve is all about your conformability you can opt for a one-pot meal, soups, or snacks anything as you like! It is easy and stylish to carry.
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