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9 January, 2015

A simple Thai green curry

Comments : 31 Posted in : Easy lunch box recipes, Main course, side dish on by : apsara Tags: , , , ,


It is not often that I find fresh lemongrass, and when I did see some in a grocery store, I knew I had to try a Thai dish that calls for the herb.Took some inspiration from Veg Recipes of India here, and made my version of this delicious Thai green curry. So rich and flavorful, I know I’ll be hunting down some lemongrass just for making this again!

Lemongrass stalks look like this. The outer dry layers have to be peeled away to reveal softer layers inside.


Taking this to Fiesta Friday #50 where Angie is joined by lovely co-hosts Selma of Semla’s Table and Sue of Birgerbird.

Also submitting this to the biweekly Virtual Vegan Potluck #1 conducted by Angela of Canned Time and Poppy of Bunny Kitchen. Thank you, ladies, for carrying on the vegan potluck!

The authentic version calls for kaffir lime leaves and galangal, both of which I’ve never seen in a store around me. Thankfully, there are alternatives- lemon zest and ginger. I also added lots of cilantro and skipped the onions.





carrots (julienned)- 1 cup

cauliflower florets- a handful

red bell pepper (julienned)- 1/2

potato (cubed)- 1 small

frozen baby corn- a few


full-fat coconut milk- 14 oz. or 1 can (I use preservative-free Native Forest brand)

lemon zest- 1/2 tsp.

salt- to taste

Tamari soy sauce- 1-2 tsp.

sesame oil- 1 tbsp.

for paste:

coriander leaves- 2 cups

lemon grass stalks- 2

garlic- 1-2 cloves

ginger (peeled)- 1 inch piece

green chillies- 2

black peppercorns- 1/4 tsp.

cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp.


1. Use a spice grinder to make a paste of coriander leaves, chopped ginger, garlic, chillies, lemongrass, pepper and cumin. Add water or coconut milk if necessary.


2. Steam the vegetables (except red pepper) or cook in a closed pan with a little water and some salt till just tender. Do not make them too soft.


3. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil, roast red peppers till they get cooked. Add the ground paste, coconut milk and cooked vegetables. Add coconut milk and stir in soy sauce and lemon zest. Adjust salt accordingly and let it simmer till flavors blend.

4. Enjoy with hot rice.



31 thoughts on : A simple Thai green curry

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  • Sue
    January 9, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Mmm, this looks and sounds so so zingy and tart and flavorful! Simple maybe, but not boring! THank you so much for bringing to the party this week and I hope you don’t mind me taking a huge bowl and just disappearing in the corner for a while.

    • January 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Absolutely, Sue! I’m delighted that you like it. Thank you for hosting this week’s party. πŸ™‚

  • January 9, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Very nIce…always enjoyed thai curries. But made it the easy way using ready made curry paste! But Where did u find lemongrass…I have tried looking for it..

    • January 10, 2015 at 10:35 am

      I got it from bloomingfoods a while ago, Rupa. Glad you like it!

  • January 10, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Looks yum. I have kaffir lime leaves and now, I have an awesome recipe to follow <3

  • January 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    thanks, dear. Do let me know how it turns out.

  • January 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    A totally new recipe for me, looks awesome Apsara!!!!

    • January 10, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Yes Malar, it was new to me too, but it’s well worth trying if you find the lemongrass.

    • January 10, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Me too! Always looking for good Thai restaurants, but it is so satisfying to be able to make those dishes at home. πŸ™‚

  • January 10, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Yummy Apsara! Love all the veggies in there!

    • January 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      thanks, Naina. Yes, it’s a colorful blend πŸ™‚

  • January 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    This looks great, yes it is difficult to get the lemongrass stalks. Where did you get yours from?

    • January 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      It is available at Whole Foods Market. I got it at a local co-op called Bloomingfoods in Indiana.

  • Madhuvanites
    January 10, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Dear Apsara that looks and sounds heavenly.Let me some of the other recipes you posted in FB. Love to all of you GowriMami Vibha kutty Barhaa peedam sollarala?

    • January 13, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thank you so much Gowri mami. Chinnavan ippo slokam sollaran. πŸ™‚ Regards to all of you.

  • January 11, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Nice, sounds delicious. I use to have lemongrass growing in my garden, but never knew what to do with it…wish I had it now!

  • petra08
    January 11, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I love lemon grass and Thai green curry is perfect. I often make a vegetarian version and if I am very hungry I would add tofu.

  • January 13, 2015 at 10:34 am

    i love your recipe! This curry seems to be extremely delicious and healthy!

    PS. I’m organizing a chocolate contest on my bilingual blog. Maybe you’d like to join us? πŸ™‚

  • January 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    This looks so good – I love eating well & simple recipes! πŸ™‚

  • January 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Wow Apsara. I definitely want to try this… I have managed to log in and check your blog after MONTHS! Hopefully I will also start cooking and blogging as before in a while πŸ™‚

    • January 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Completely understand how busy you are at this time. It is such a challenge, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

      • February 10, 2015 at 11:41 am

        Yes it is! You would know best with your experience πŸ™‚ When are you coming to India next? Lets catch up….

  • February 3, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Love Thai green curry and don’t have time for anything complicated these days. Thanks for your recipe.

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