It’s Thai dinner night again and I love it. The rest of the family, especially the kiddos, not so much. No matter, I’m craving a rich spicy coconut based curry with tons of flavor and that’s what I made. A refreshing crunchy tart Thai salad is always a must to balance the meal.
Making the curry paste using a pestle and mortar is cool, almost therapeutic but also time consuming. This was a weekday meal at our household though. So, as I frequently do, I reached out for my blender and used that to make a smooth green curry paste. I used a recipe in David Thompson’s Thai Food as a base and made this one with cilantro, stems and leaves, galangal, chilies, lemongrass, fresh turmeric, ginger along with a few spices.
I heated up some coconut cream (I’ve been using Arroy-D brand recently) and used that to cook the paste for a few minutes. I added coconut milk and tossed in chicken thigh pieces and cubed tofu. Thai apple eggplant are cool looking fruit. They are about the size of a golf ball and have a wild green striped color. They are also, as far as I know, the only eggplant that is good to eat raw or under-cooked. They have a nice crunchy texture and mild taste with no bitterness. I added the quartered eggplants in the last 10 minutes or so of cooking to get them heated and slightly cooked. Lastly I put in a bunch of Thai basil and finished seasoning the delicious stew with fish sauce and lime juice.
I made the Thai-style cabbage salad in the granite mortar by pounding some garlic with salt, peanuts, lime and fish sauce. I added the cabbage and bruised the whole thing together. Lastly went in the cucumbers pieces and using a spoon and the pestle everything came together with some fish sauce, lime and cilantro.
4 thoughts on “Thai Green Curry with Apple Eggplants, Tofu and Chicken – Cucumber and Cabbage Salad”
Will have to look for those apple eggplants. I have seen some the size of berries, not striped. You should check out my post on green curry paste: https://stefangourmet.com/2014/01/04/thai-green-curry-with-shrimp/
I have seen those tiny berry eggplants but never actually used them. Good job finding kefir lime fruit. It’s rare I see those. I have a kefir like tree that produces tons of leaves but never fruit.
As a substitute you could use the leaves and regular like zest.
Looks delicious, as always!