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Recipe video above. This is how to make a really great QUICK green curry by pimping up curry in a jar, OR using a homemade green curry paste! Don't skip frying off the curry paste, this makes all the difference. See Spiciness info in Note 1 (remember, Green Curry is supposed to be spicy!)



Total time

35 minutes






  • 4 tbsp Thai green curry paste (maesri best)
  • 2 garlic cloves (large, minced)
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (shredded)
  • 1 tbsp lemongrass paste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or vegetable, reduced sodium)
  • 400 g coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves (torn in half)
  • 350 g chicken thigh (skinless boneless, sliced, note 6 )))
  • 2 japanese eggplants (1 cm / 2/5 " slices)
  • 1½ cups snow peas (small, trimmed)
  • 16 thai basil leaves
  • ½ lime (juice of, to taste)
  • asian shallots (crispy fried, high recommended, note 9)
  • thai basil (or cilantro, recommended)
  • slices green chillies (or red, optional)


  1. Heat oil in a heavy based skillet or pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add curry paste (and garlic, ginger and lemongrass Extras, if using) and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it mostly \"dries out\" - see video. Don\'t breath in the fumes!!
  3. Add chicken broth and coconut milk, mix to dissolve paste.
  4. Curry in a jar seasonings: Add 1 tsp fish sauce, 1 tsp sugar, no salt.
  5. Homemade curry paste seasonings: Add 3 tsp fish sauce, 3 tsp sugar, 1/8 tsp salt.
  6. Add kaffir lime leaves. Mix then bring to simmer.
  7. Add chicken, stir then lower heat to medium so it\'s bubbling gently. Cook 7 minutes.
  8. Add eggplants, cook 5 minutes until soft.
  9. Taste sauce. Add fish sauce or salt for more saltiness, sugar for sweetness.
  10. Add snow peas, cook 2 minutes until a bit softened, then stir through basil and lime juice. Sauce should have reduced but will still be a be on the thin side, not thick - that\'s how it\'s should be. DO NOT keep simmering - sauce will darken.
  11. Serve curry over jasmine rice with garnishes of choice.
  12. View the recipe instructions at

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