This was my first time making green curry AND serving it – I was pretty nervous! I rarely serve meals to dinner guests that I haven’t made for myself before. I lucked out with this one though! This was pretty delicious if you ask me (or any of my dinner guests :P)!
GREEN CURRY PASTE
1 stalk fresh lemongrass, sliced finely and minced OR 3 Tbsp. frozen or bottled lemongrass
2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
3 Tbsp. Braggs (to taste)
1-2 tsp. brown sugar (to taste)
1-3 green chilies, minced (to taste)
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 thumb-size piece ginger, sliced
2 kaffir lime leaves (fresh or frozen), snipped into thin strips with scissors, OR substitute 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 loose cup chopped fresh coriander leaves and stems
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 kaffir lime leaves, OR substitute 1 bay leaf
1 can good-quality coconut milk
1.5 to 2 cups firm tofu sliced into cubes
1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed, halved if large
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut in half crosswise
4 heads baby bok choy (6 ounces), halved lengthwise
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
2-3 Tbsp. oil for frying
1. Drain tofu (I usually put the tofu between two plates and put something heavy likes books on top to drain the tofu).
2. To make the green curry paste, place all paste ingredients in a food processor or blender. Add a few Tbsp. of the coconut milk, enough to blend ingredients. Process well.
3. Place oil in wok or deep frying pan. Turn heat on medium-high and add paste. Stir-fry until fragrant (about 1 minute), then add the coconut milk. Add tofu and stir to combine.
4. Add lime leaves and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
5. Add all veggies and stir and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, or until veggies are cooked but still retain some of their crispness.
6. Do a taste test for salt and spice. If not salty enough, add up to 2 Tbsp. more Braggs, or sea salt. If too salty, add a little fresh lime or lemon juice. If too spicy, add more coconut milk until desired taste is reached.
7. To serve, transfer to a large serving bowl or plate up individual portions. Sprinkle generously with fresh basil.
8. Accompany your curry with brown/jasmine/coconut rice or your choice of noodles.
Adapted from About.com