• 1/12 Nat Curry Chix Day 1

    From Dave Drum@1:18/200 to All on Thu Jan 11 16:22:08 2024
    January 12: Curried Chicken Day

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    Title: Kaeng Paa Kai (Jungle Curry w/Chicken)
    Categories: Oriental, Chilies, Poultry, Herbs, Curry
    Yield: 4 Servings

    MMMMM------------------------CURRY PASTE-----------------------------
    2 tb Takrai (lemon grass);
    - bruised, thin sliced
    3 tb Shallots; coarse chopped
    2 tb Kratiem (garlic); chopped
    1/4 c Kachai (lesser ginger);
    - peeled, chopped
    8 Prik chee fa daegn haeng
    - (dried red Thai crushed
    - jalapenos)
    1 ts Green peppercorns
    1 ts Kapi (fermented shrimp
    - paste)
    ds Fish sauce

    4 c Chicken; in 1" pieces
    1/4 c Nam pla (fish sauce)
    3 c Chicken stock or water
    1/2 c Makhua pro (Thai eggplant)
    1/4 c Prik che fa (Thai jalaenos);
    - julienned
    1/2 c Bai maenglak (kaffir lime
    - leaves); shredded
    1 ts Lime zest

    A recent trip to Bangkok resulted in our eating at a nice
    little restaurant in a back alley near the airport. This
    dish is quite common, but both my wife and I were taken by
    the presentation described here (the rest of the recipe is
    however my wife's).

    Of course before you rush out to try this, I have to say
    that you need a heavy, and very sharp knife - a machete or a
    survivalist’s Bowie might be suitable - and a degree of
    skill in its use if you are not to have a messy accident -
    spilling the contents of the coconuts all over the kitchen
    may well be the least of your problems. So of course I point
    out that you can open the coconuts some other way, and serve
    the dish in more conventional tableware!


    First prepare the curry paste by grinding the ingredients to
    a fine paste in a mortar and pestle or food processor.

    Pierce the coconuts and drain the juice into a picher. Then
    using a machete chop off the top of each coconut, just above
    the mid-point, to leave four serving bowls.

    Using a spoon scoop out the coconut 'meat' in leaf shaped
    pieces with a spoon (or use a melon baller). Add about half
    a cup of coconut to the juice for every two cups of juice,
    and refrigerate.

    Reserve half a cup of coconut meat, and reserve the rest to
    make coconut milk for other recipes.

    Heat a wok or large sautee pan over medium high heat, and
    then add a little oil and stir fry the curry paste until
    aromatic. add the chicken, and stir fry briefly and then add
    the remaining ingredients, except the lime leaves and the
    chicken stock, and stir fry until the chicken begins to
    change colour. Add the stock, and cover, simmering until the
    chicken and the eggplant is cooked through.

    Now serve the curry in the four large coconut shell bowls,
    garnished with the lime leaves, and accompanied by rice in
    the tops of the coconut shells, bring the chilled coconut
    nectar to the table as a refreshing cool drink, and don't
    forget the usual condiments (nam pla prik (chilies in fish
    sauce), dried ground chilies, and sugar).

    Colonel Ian F. Khuntilanont-Philpott; Systems Engineering,
    Vongchavalitkul University, Korat 30000, Thailand


    Kachai is a relative of ginger, known as Lesser Ginger in
    some parts of the world (though I am reminded that in other
    places this appelation is used for galangal). For those of a
    botanical bent its latin name is Kaempferia Panduratum.

    The prik chee fa are a mild chile, about 6 centimetres long
    and 1 cm thick. They are known as Thai jalapenos, and if
    unavailable the Mexican variety could be substituted. If
    dried red jalapenas are not available, deseed, and devein
    fresh jalapenos, and use them instead.

    Makheua pro are a Thai variety of eggplant, about the size
    and shape of a green golfball. If unavailable you can use
    normal aubergine, but will need to adjust the cooking time.

    Bai maenglak is a sweet Thai basil. If unavailable normal
    European basil may be used.

    Recipe By: Colonel I.F.K. Philpott

    From: http://www.recipesource.com

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