Q: I’m looking for a quick and easy Thai green curry recipe (if one exists) as well as any other ideas that could go with the curry? KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

A: A Thai Curry is very quick an easy to make, and should be hot. Bought green curry paste is a perfect. This is an ideal dish to cook in a potjie, but take care not to overcook. Use any meat, chicken, beef, pork, seafood or even vegetables. At Wickedfood Cooking School, in out Thai cooking class we make this Thai green Chicken Curry, which is a classic.

2 tins coconut milk

2-4T green curry paste, or to taste

1kg meat (see above), diced into ±3cm cubes

1/3 cup fish sauce

3T brown sugar

±1/2 cup water

±6-8 small eggplants, quartered, or 1 large eggplant cubed to 2cm, (or 1 cup frozen peas)

1/2 cup sweet basil leaves, torn

1 small tin bamboo shoots

1 jalapeño chilli, thinly sliced, for garnish

  1. Scoop the cream off the coconut milk (±3T) and heat in a casserole dish (or potjie) which will later hold the chicken in one layer. Mix in the green curry paste and heat to boiling, until the milk splits, forming a thin layer of oil.
  2. Add the chicken, fish sauce and sugar, and cook, stirring continuously so as not to burn, until the chicken changes colour.
  3. Add the remaining coconut milk, eggplant and water, and cook for 5 minutes at a slow boil. Add the bamboo shoots and reheat to boiling, simmering for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with basil and the chilli. The dish can stand while other preparation is done, as it does not have to be served piping hot. Serve with rice.

Serves 6-8

Wickedfood Cooking School,

Sunninghill – (011) 234-3252 sunninghill@wickedfood.co.za

Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and teambuilding cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.