I have been dying to try out a new flavour in my cooking. I am interested in Thai food, Indian food and chinese. I am actually a pretty good cook, and can now make almost make absolutely anything.
However, years ago I tried to make Thai food and it was really expensive to get all the spices together and I didn't really know how to use them. I just won't use stuff with chemicals in, so some of the ready made sauces were a no-no.
I came across this kit in Morrison, looked at the ingredients and bought it for £2.20.
They do other kits like this in Waitrose, Red Thai Curry, Phad Thai, and even more.
Coconut Milk (180ml): Coconut Extract (50%), Water, Green Curry Paste (43g): Garlic, Green Chilli, Lemongrass, Onion, Rice Bran Oil, Salt, Black Ginger, Galangal, Spices, Kaffir Lime Peel, Coriander, Palm Sugar, Dried Thai Herbs (1.4g): Kaffir Lime Leaves, Sliced Lemongrass, Sweet Basil Leaves .
I sachet Coconut milk
1 sachet herbs
1sachet thai curry paste
Packaging is attractive and easy to open.
You have everything to make a delicious Thai curry except meat, vegetables, coriander and rice.
I basically fried off some spring onions and garlic in olive oil and then added the coconut milk and paste in small quantities. Then I added sliced raw chicken fried it off then mange tout peas, baby corn and asparagus.
I then added the rest of the sachets and put the lid on the wok and cooked for 10 minutes.
A delicious aroma filled the kitchen as I put the fragrant rice on to steam.
After 10 minutes I added lots of king prawns and cooked then until they went pink, added chopped coriander and served up.
The taste is truly sensational, fragrant, mildly creamy delicious thin sauce soaking into fluffy rice.
We went mad over it and em and my fella ate the lot although there were enough portions for about 4 normal ungreedy people.
Each portion has about 150 calories without the meat and vegs, because coconut milk is high in calories. But it is an unsaturated fat and very good for you as it kills intestinal candida.
But you didn't need to know that, did you?
Anyway, tuck in, this is fail safe healthy cooking and is fast food indeed.
My cooking has improved over the years. I started off with the basics and slowly moved into the more complicated stuff. I love curries but the ones I make always seem to taste the same. I've tried different ingredients and a few methods but still they keep that similar look and flavour. Whilst wondering about in Sainsbury's I passed a Thai Taste curry kit that caught my attention. It looked quite funky.
I didn't buy it but later that week a friend said she'd seen them and wanted to know if I'd tried them. For just less than £2 I figured if it was bad then at least it wasn't a huge waste of money.
In the pack you get a 200ml pack of coconut milk, a packet of Thai green curry paste (43g) and a sachet of Thai herbs (1.4g). Each has exactly the right amount to make the curry with. The only thing you need to buy on top of the kit is some meat, fish or vegetables.
I got the wok going and added a tablespoon of vegetable oil and the curry paste. The aroma was lovely! Suddenly the whole kitchen was taken over. I slowly added the chicken and gave it all a good stir. After a few minutes of cooking I added in the coconut milk and let it all simmer for about 7-8 minutes. The instructions say 5 minutes but I thought the chicken needed a little more cooking time. The next step is to add in the sachet of herbs. The smells in the kitchen were gorgeous. I added a few green chillies at this pint as I like a bit of kick in my food.
The curry was ready to be served and although it was enough to feed my partner, son and myself I'm glad I made some Thai rice to go with it. I definitely think it needed the rice to finish off the dish for us.
We all agreed it was lovely and is already on the shopping list for next time. They do a Thai red curry kit too so might need to give that one a try.
I like the idea of being able to make a nice curry but not having to buy tons of different spices that might not get used that often. Ages ago I made a Japanese dish that required sesame oil. I bought a bottle and all the recipe called for was a small amount. Bit of a waste of money really especially as I may not use it again for a while.
I nice change to the normal week day menu.
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