225g new potatoes, cut into chunks n-ew po-tate-oesNew potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…
100g green beans, trimmed and halved
1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oilSunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It’s usually…
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 rounded tbsp or 4 tsp Thai green curry paste (you can’t fit the tablespoon into some of the jars)
400ml can coconut milk ko-ko-nut mill-kCoconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…
2 tsp Thai fish sauce
1 tsp caster sugar
450g boneless skinless chicken (breasts or thighs), cut into bite-size pieces
2 fresh kaffir lime leaves finely shredded, or 3 wide strips lime zest, plus extra to garnish
good handful of basil leaves
boiled rice, to serve r-eye-sRice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…
Put 225g new potatoes, cut into chunks, in a pan of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
Add 100g trimmed and halved green beans and cook for a further 3 minutes, by which time both should be just tender but not too soft. Drain and put to one side.
In a wok or large frying pan, heat 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil until very hot, then drop in 1 chopped garlic clove and cook until golden, this should take only a few seconds. Don’t let it go very dark or it will spoil the taste.
Spoon in 1 rounded tbsp Thai green curry paste and stir it around for a few seconds to begin to cook the spices and release all the flavours.
Next, pour in a 400ml can of coconut milk and let it come to a bubble.
Stir in 2 tsp Thai fish sauce and 1 tsp caster sugar, then 450g bite-size chicken pieces. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 8 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
Tip in the potatoes and beans and let them warm through in the hot coconut milk, then add 2 finely shredded kaffir lime leaves (or 3 wide strips lime zest).
Add a good handful basil leaves, but only leave them briefly on the heat or they will quickly lose their brightness.
Scatter with lime to garnish and serve immediately with boiled rice.