Thai Green Chicken Curry

I was lucky enough to travel around Thailand a few years ago, and as I LOVE Thai food I decided to visit a cookery school. There they taught us how to make authentic Thai curry pastes and curries and we got to pick out all of our fresh ingredients from the local markets, it was a such and amazing experience.

This was one of the recipes, it seriously is one of the best green curries I have eaten. It is so fresh in taste. As some Thai ingredients are not readily available to us I have adapted the recipe using spices that you may be more likely to get hold of.

Paste Ingredients

Ingredients

Paste

1 tsp coriander seeds

½ tsp cumin seeds

3 shallots

2 large cloves of garlic

2” chunk of fresh galangal (use ginger if you can’t find this)

3 large green chillies or 6 small birds eye

20g anchovies

1 lemongrass stalk; lower third only

20g coriander; stalks only

½ tsp grated nutmeg

½ tsp turmeric powder

zest of a lime

juice of half a lime

1 tsp black peppercorns

Curry

400g tin of coconut milk

2 shallots; sliced

1 lemongrass stalk

2 slices of fresh galangal

optional red chilli

chicken breast 1 small piece per person; sliced into strips

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp. desiccated coconut

1 tsp fish sauce

2 tsp light soy sauce

150g bamboo shoots, I like to slice them into thinner strips

2/3 dried lime leaves

30g fresh coriander; chopped

Method

To make the paste, dry fry the cumin and coriander seeds then crush into a powder with a pestle and mortar then pop these and the rest of the ingredients into a hand blender and blitz up to be a paste.

Open the tin of coconut milk, what you want is the watery liquid part for now, save the cream for later. It may help to pop the tin in the fridge before opening. Pour this liquid into a wok or deep frying pan, on a high heat reduce this until it becomes an oil. It will happen so stick with it.

Once it forms an oil add the shallots and cook for a few minutes until they soften.

Add the lemongrass, galangal, whole red chilli, cook for 2 minutes more then add 2 tablespoons of the paste.

Fry this for a few more minutes then add you chicken. Coat the chicken in all of the paste, and once the outside of the chicken turns white add the rest of the tin of coconut milk, the sugar and the desiccated coconut. Stir well add a little water if it is too thick. Add the fish sauce and the soy, taste and add a little salt if needed. At this point you can add more chilli if you would prefer it hotter.

Add the bamboo shoots and the lime leaves.

Cook this until the chicken is cooked, then stir in the fresh coriander.

Serve with rice and an extra sprinkle of coriander and desiccated coconut.

Enjoy xxx

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by Lulu Lemon and Lace

Ingredients

1 tsp coriander seeds

½ tsp cumin seeds

3 shallots

2 large cloves of garlic

2” chunk of fresh galangal (use ginger if you can’t find this)

3 large green chillies or 6 small birds eye

20g anchovies

1 lemongrass stalk; lower third only

20g coriander; stalks only

½ tsp grated nutmeg

½ tsp turmeric powder

zest of a lime

juice of half a lime

1 tsp black peppercorns

Curry

400g tin of coconut milk

2 shallots; sliced

1 lemongrass stalk

2 slices of fresh galangal

optional red chilli

chicken breast 1 small piece per person; sliced into strips

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp. desiccated coconut

1 tsp fish sauce

2 tsp light soy sauce

150g bamboo shoots, I like to slice them into thinner strips

2/3 dried lime leaves

30g fresh coriander; chopped

Method

To make the paste, dry fry the cumin and coriander seeds then crush into a powder with a pestle and mortar then pop these and the rest of the ingredients into a hand blender and blitz up to be a paste.

Open the tin of coconut milk, what you want is the watery liquid part for now, save the cream for later. It may help to pop the tin in the fridge before opening. Pour this liquid into a wok or deep frying pan, on a high heat reduce this until it becomes an oil. It will happen so stick with it.

Once it forms an oil add the shallots and cook for a few minutes until they soften.

Add the lemongrass, galangal, whole red chilli, cook for 2 minutes more then add 2 tablespoons of the paste.

Fry this for a few more minutes then add you chicken. Coat the chicken in all of the paste, and once the outside of the chicken turns white add the rest of the tin of coconut milk, the sugar and the desiccated coconut. Stir well add a little water if it is too thick. Add the fish sauce and the soy, taste and add a little salt if needed. At this point you can add more chilli if you would prefer it hotter.

Add the bamboo shoots and the lime leaves.

Cook this until the chicken is cooked, then stir in the fresh coriander.

Serve with rice and an extra sprinkle of coriander and desiccated coconut.

Lulu xxx

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Chicken, Lemon and Rosemary Orzo bake

Happy Friday!!

The sun is shining here in Spain after a little rain this morning. This is a lovely summery dish, tangy from the lemons, and pretty healthy. You can swap the orzo for rice if you can’t find it, or you can just make the bake with vegetables. Have a lovely weekend!!

Lulu xxx

Chicken, Lemon and Rosemary Orzo bake

Ingredients

½ chicken chopped, skin removed

1 onion diced

1 celery diced

2 carrots diced

2 garlic grated

1” ginger skin removed and grated

2 rosemary chopped

2 rosemary whole

2 lemons in wedges

1 heap tsp paprika

2 bay leaves

1 cinnamon stick

honey

salt and pepper to taste

1 pint chicken stock

olive oil for frying

1 Tbsp. butter

1 cup orzo pasta

60g kale (optional)

Method

Heat oil and brown the chicken, in bathes if needed. Remove and set aside.

Add a tablespoon butter the onions, celery and cook gently until soft. Add the carrot, garlic ginger, bay leaves and chopped rosemary. Cook for 3 minutes more.

Add the lemon, the rosemary sprigs, the cinnamon stock and then the chicken back to the pan.

Sprinkle the paprika over and mix well.

Pour in the stock and honey. Cover and pop into the oven for 30 minutes.

Uncover and sprinkle over the orzo, make sure there is still lots of liquid in the pan, if not add a little more water.

Cook for a further 8-10 minutes then add the kale, stir and cook for 5 minutes more.

Serve.

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by Lulu Lemon and Lace

Ingredients

½ chicken chopped, skin removed

1 onion diced

1 celery diced

2 carrots diced

2 garlic grated

1” ginger skin removed and grated

2 rosemary chopped

2 rosemary whole

2 lemons in wedges

1 heap tsp paprika

2 bay leaves

1 cinnamon stick

honey

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1 pint chicken stock

olive oil for frying

1 Tbsp. butter

1 cup orzo pasta

60g kale (optional)

Method:

Heat oil and brown the chicken, in bathes if needed. Remove and set aside.

Add a tablespoon butter the onions, celery and cook gently until soft. Add the carrot, garlic ginger, bay leaves and chopped rosemary. Cook for 3 minutes more.

Add the lemon, the rosemary sprigs, the cinnamon stock and then the chicken back to the pan. Sprinkle the paprika over and mix well.

Pour in the stock and honey. Cover and pop into the oven for 30 minutes.

Uncover and sprinkle over the orzo, make sure there is still lots of liquid in the pan, if not add a little more water.

Cook for a further 8-10 minutes then add the kale, stir and cook for 5 minutes more.

Serve.

Lulu xxx

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Shakshuka

This is a middle eastern dish with tomatoes and eggs, in Arabic the word ‘shakshuka’ means ‘mixture’ Often eaten as breakfast as it has the eggs in, but also is a staple dinner meal all over the middle east.  I first tasted this dish in an Israeli cafe in Philadelphia and instantly fell in love, it is a great brunch recipe, and a good filling vegetarian dish.

Ingredients

(serves 4)

12 tomatoes

1 very large red pepper or 2 small, diced small

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 white onion, diced small

2 tsp cumin seeds

2 cloves of garlic, grated

2 tbsp. harissa paste

¼ tsp cayenne

1 ½ heap tsp paprika (pinch of smoked if you have it)

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 heap tsp sugar (I used brown)

1 tsp salt (or to taste)

1 tsp cracked black pepper (or to taste)

Juice of ½ a lemon

eggs 2 per person

handful coriander

thick yoghurt/Labneh to drizzle over at the end

extra virgin olive oil for drizzling over

Method

Cut crossed in the tops of the tomatoes and place in hot water so you can remove the skins, dice and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then gently cook the onion and pepper until soft.

Add the cumin seeds and cook for a few minutes before add the garlic, harissa, cayenne and paprika. Let this cook for a few minutes more, continue to stir. Then add the tomato paste, stir through before add the fresh tomatoes.

With a potato masher mash up the tomato in the sauce a little bit to break it up. Add the sugar, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Let this cook for 25 minutes.

This can be made in advance and reheated once you are ready to cook the eggs.

Crack eggs one at a time into a tea cup, then with a ladle make an indent in the hot sauce and gently pour in the egg into the hole, continue will all of your eggs leaving space in between.

Turn the heat to the lowest and cover the pan, let the eggs cook gently until all of the white is cooked and the yolk is runny. This should take around 10-12 minutes.

When ready serve with a sprinkle of coriander leaves, some dollops of the yoghurt/Labneh ad a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with bread.

Enjoy

Lulu xxx

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Shakshuka

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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by Lulu Lemon and Lace

Ingredients

(serves 4)

12 tomatoes

1 very large red pepper or 2 small, diced small

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 white onion, diced small

2 tsp cumin seeds

2 cloves of garlic, grated

2 tbsp. harissa paste

¼ tsp cayenne

1 ½ heap tsp paprika (pinch of smoked if you have it)

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 heap tsp sugar (I used brown)

1 tsp salt (or to taste)

1 tsp cracked black pepper (or to taste)

Juice of ½ a lemon

eggs 2 per person

handful coriander

thick yoghurt/Labneh to drizzle over at the end

extra virgin olive oil for drizzling over

Method

Cut crossed in the tops of the tomatoes and place in hot water so you can remove the skins, dice and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then gently cook the onion and pepper until soft. Add the cumin seeds and cook for a few minutes before add the garlic, harissa, cayenne and paprika. Let this cook for a few minutes more, continue to stir. Then add the tomato paste, stir through before add the fresh tomatoes.

With a potato masher mash up the tomato in the sauce a little bit to break it up. Add the sugar, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Let this cook for 25 minutes.

This can be made in advance and reheated once you are ready to cook the eggs.

Crack eggs one at a time into a tea cup, then with a ladle make an indent in the hot sauce and gently pour in the egg into the hole, continue will all of your eggs leaving space in between.

Turn the heat to the lowest and cover the pan, let the eggs cook gently until all of the white is cooked and the yolk is runny. This should take around 10-12 minutes.

When ready serve with a sprinkle of coriander leaves, some dollops of the yoghurt/Labneh ad a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with bread.

Lulu xxx

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Sticky Lamb with Pomegranate and Date molasses

These chops have a toffee taste to them, inspired by Moroccan flavours such as dates, nutmeg, cinnamon and pomegranate which works so well with Lamb.

Cook the meat slowly at first so the chops are very tender then crisp up toward the end of cooking for a sticky toffee finger licking treat.

Ingredients

Lamb chops; 3 per person depending on the size

2 pomegranates

½ cup white sugar

½ cup of lemon juice

100g dates, de-seeded

4 cloves of garlic

1” chunk of ginger; grated

2 red chillies de-seeded

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

½ tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp paprika

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp coriander

1 tsp sea salt

10g fresh mint, plus extra for decoration

1tbsp soft brown sugar

Method

Pomegranate molasses; remove the seeds from the fruit, reserve some for decoration and blitz the rest up to be a juice. Push through a sieve so you are left with juice only. Heat this juice in a pan with the juice of half a lemon and the white sugar.  Let the sugar dissolve and reduce a little then set aside.

Date molasses; place the dates in a pan with enough water to just cover them. Boil for ten minutes then empty into a blender and blitz to be a thick paste. Set aside.

Blitz the garlic, ginger, chilli and mint up with be a paste then mix this with the date molasses and then a 2/3 tbsp. of the pomegranate molasses. Add the rest of the spices, the salt and the brown sugar. Taste this mixture it should be sweet and toffee tasting.

Add this marinade with the lamb in an oven dish and marinade for a couple of hours in the fridge.

Heat the oven to the highest setting, place the lamb in the hot oven covered with foil. Cook for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 170 degrees for an hour.  Then remove the foil turn the heat back up and cook until the lamb is crispy on the edges.

Serve on its own or with sliced butternut squash and salad. Sprinkle over the extra mint and pomegranates for decoration.

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Sticky Lamb with Pomegranate and Date molasses

by Lululemonandlace

Ingredients

Lamb chops; 3 per person depending on the size

2 pomegranates

½ cup white sugar

½ cup of lemon juice

100g dates, de-seeded

4 cloves of garlic

1” chunk of ginger; grated

2 red chillies de-seeded

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

½ tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp paprika

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp coriander

1 tsp sea salt

10g fresh mint, plus extra for decoration

1tbsp soft brown sugar

Method

Pomegranate molasses; remove the seeds from the fruit, reserve some for decoration and blitz the rest up to be a juice. Push through a sieve so you are left with juice only. Heat this juice in a pan with the juice of half a lemon and the white sugar.  Let the sugar dissolve and reduce a little then set aside.

Date molasses; place the dates in a pan with enough water to just cover them. Boil for ten minutes then empty into a blender and blitz to be a thick paste. Set aside.

Blitz the garlic, ginger, chilli and mint up with be a paste then mix this with the date molasses and then a 2/3 tbsp. of the pomegranate molasses. Add the rest of the spices, the salt and the brown sugar. Taste this mixture it should be sweet and toffee tasting.

Add this marinade with the lamb in an oven dish and marinade for a couple of hours in the fridge.

Heat the oven to the highest setting, place the lamb in the hot oven covered with foil. Cook for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 170 degrees for an hour.  Then remove the foil turn the heat back up and cook until the lamb is crispy on the edges.

Serve on its own or with sliced butternut squash and salad. Sprinkle over the extra mint and pomegranates for decoration.

Chicken Sambar

This was a favourite curry of mine as a kid, it was not a family recipe but it was something my Mum would always order from the local Indian take away!! It was really good; spicy, lemony and tasty. Not many places would have this on the menu but my Mum would always ask if they could make it especially for her, the answer was usually yes!

A few years ago I remembered this curry and decided to recreate it. I researched sambar which is a lentil curry using sambar masala spice; usually a vegetarian dish. However I always remembered Lemon being a vital ingredient, and we always had it with Chicken in, so this is my version of the sambar I had as a kid….

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Serves 4/5

Ingredients:

Chicken I used thighs x 10. You can use any Chicken, but I prefer with the bone as it will be less dry than the breast. If you do not like meat on the bone  you can remove it before cooking.

265g Chana Dhal Lentils/Yellow Split Pea (dried)

2 Pints Hot Water for the Lentils plus 200ml for the curry

2 tbsp Coriander Powder

1 tbsp Cumin Powder

1 tsp Turmeric

2 tsp Fenugreek Powder

1 tsp Tamarind Paste

1 tbsp Black Mustard Seeds

1 tbsp Curry Leaves

1 tsp Crushed Black Peppercorn

4 Garlic Cloves

2″ Chunk Ginger

3/4 Small Tomatoes

1 Red Chilli

1 Onion Diced

1 Large Lemon/ 2 small un-waxed

Handful Fresh Coriander Chopped

1 1/2  tbsp Oil for frying

Salt

Method:

First you need to cook your lentils. Place them into a pan with plenty of salt, then pour in boiling hot water, just enough to cover the lentils. Turn heat high and let it bubble away. Be careful this does not burn and keep stirring, adding more hot water if needed. I used 2 pints in the end but you may not need that much or you may need a little more.

The idea is for the lentils to be soft almost mushy and the liquid to be thick, we are not draining this water away, this becomes the liquid of the curry.

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Let the lentils bubble away

Whilst the lentils are boiling prepare your curry.

In a hand blender blitz up the garlic, ginger, chilli and the fresh tomatoes to a paste.

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Set this paste aside.

Heat your oil up in a deep pan and add in the mustard seeds and the curry leaves.

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The mustard seeds will start to pop, when they do add in your onions and turn the heat to medium.

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Cook the onions until they are soft then add in the dry spices and stir.

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Now pop in the chicken and coat in all of the spices, add a good pinch of salt.

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Once coated add in the tamarind and the paste you have set aside and stir well.

Let the chicken brown a little and turn white.

Add the tomato mix.

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Cook for 2/3 minutes then add 200ml hot water or just enough to just cover the chicken in the pan, try not to put too much liquid in as we still have the lentil juice to go in. Cook for 10 minutes.

Chop half of the large lemon into wedges (or one small lemon) and add to pan, squeeze the juice in of the other half.

Put a lid on and let it cook on a medium heat for 25 minutes.

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Whilst this is cooking check on your lentils; taste one to see how soft they are, if they still have a bite add a little more hot water and keep it bubbling away.

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Once the lentils are cooked and are nice and soft set aside with the liquid.

After the 25 minutes check the curry, taste it and see if it needs more seasoning. The chicken should be tender and falling from the bone, if not let it cook for 10 minutes longer.

Once cooked add in the lentils and all of the liquid, stir well.

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Then add your chopped coriander. Stir well.

5

READY!!!!

Serve with Pilau rice and your favourite Indian breads!

The lemons should be so soft you can eat the whole thing!!

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Enjoy xx

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Chicken Sambar

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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by LuluLemonandLace

Ingredients:

Chicken I used thighs x 10. You can use any Chicken, but I prefer with the bone as it will be less dry than the breast. If you do not like meat on the bone  you can remove it before cooking.

265g Chana Dhal Lentils/Yellow Split Pea (dried)

2 Pints Hot Water for the Lentils plus 200ml for the curry

2 tbsp Coriander Powder

1 tbsp Cumin Powder

1 tsp Turmeric

2 tsp Fenugreek Powder

1 dsp Tamarind Paste

1 tbsp Black Mustard Seeds

1 tbsp Curry Leaves

1 tsp Crsuhed Black Peppercorn

4 Garlic Cloves

2″ Chunk Ginger

3/4 Small Tomatoes

1 Red Chilli (optional)

1 Onion Diced

1 Large Lemon/ 2 small un-waxed

Handful Fresh Coriander Chopped

1 1/2  tbsp Oil for frying

Salt

Method:

First you need to cook your lentils. Place them into a pan with plenty of salt, then pour in boiling hot water, just enough to cover the lentils. Turn heat high and let it bubble away. Be careful this does not burn and keep stirring, adding more hot water if needed. I used 2 pints in the end but you may not need that much or you may need a little more.

The idea is for the lentils to be soft almost mushy and the liquid to be thick, we are not draining this water away, this becomes the liquid of the curry.

Whilst the lentils are boiling prepare your curry.

In a hand blender blitz up the garlic, ginger, chilli and the fresh tomatoes to a paste.

Set this paste aside.

Heat your oil up in a deep pan and add in the mustard seeds and the curry leaves.

The mustard seeds will start to pop, when they do add in your onions and turn the heat to medium.

Cook the onions until they are soft then add in the dry spices and stir.

Now pop in the chicken and coat in all of the spices, add a good pinch of salt.

Once coated add in the tamarind and the paste you have set aside and stir well.

Let the chicken brown a little and turn white.

Add the tomato mix,, cook for 2/3 minutes then add 200ml hot water or just enough to just cover the chicken in the pan, try not to put too much liquid in as we still have the lentil juice to go in. Cook for 10 minutes.

Chop half of the large lemon into wedges (or one small lemon) and add to pan, squeeze the juice in of the other half.

Put a lid on and let it cook on a medium heat for 25 minutes.

Whilst this is cooking check on your lentils; taste one to see how soft they are, if they still have a bite add a little more hot water and keep it bubbling away.

Once the lentils are cooked and nice and soft set aside along with the liquid.

After the 25 minutes check the curry, taste it and see if it needs more seasoning. The chicken should be tender and falling from the bone, if not let it cook for 10 minutes longer.

Once cooked add in the lentils and all of the liquid, stir well.

Then add your chopped coriander. Stir well.

READY!!!!

Serve with Pilau rice and your favourite Indian breads.

The lemons should be so soft you can eat the whole thing!!

Lulu xxx

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