RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Thai green chicken curry

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A TASTE of the Far East packed with spice and aromatic flavours

INGREDIENTS:

2 x 400g cans coconut milk

3.0 tbsp green curry paste (you will need more if you buy ready-made paste)

800.0g skinless chicken thighs , each thigh cut into three

6 lime leaves , stalks removed, shredded

3 lemongrass stalks, outer leaves removed and inner stalk finely chopped

25.0g galangal , sliced

1.0 tbsp palm sugar

1.0 tbsp fish sauce

handful pea aubergines or ½ aubergine , diced

small bunch Thai basil

METHOD:

1. Scrape the thick, fatty part of the coconut milk into a warm wok. Cook it slowly, stirring all the time, until it starts to bubble and sizzle and just begins to split. Add the green curry paste and cook for 3-4 mins until the paste starts to release the true smell of South-east Asia.

2. Add the chicken and stir well, coating it all in the paste. Add the rest of the coconut milk, lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal, palm sugar and half the fish sauce. Let the sauce bubble for about 10 mins, until the oil in the coconut milk starts to come through to the surface and the chicken is cooked. Add the pea aubergines and the rest of the fish sauce and cook for 5 mins more. Scatter on the Thai basil and serve with some jasmine rice.