August 3, 2013

Thai Green Curry with Sticky Garlic Rice | Gaeng Keow Wan | Asian Veg Main Course | How to make Thai Green Curry

My first experience with Thai Green Curry (or Gaeng Keow Wan as its known), was at a get together that me and S had put together for friends in Mumbai soon after our wedding. Till then I (clumsily) assumed that anything Thai (or Asian / Non-Indian) meant non vegetarian. There is this restaurant called Oasis that had this yummy curry on their buffet, and I instantly fell in love with it. I have made this many times since then, but it never occured to me that I hadnt posted this recipe till now....

Mildly spiced with galangal and a dash of coconut milk, we had this with Sticky Chilly Garlic Rice. It so much reminded me of the paal kootu or the veg kootu (mixed veg gravy) we make at home with coconut, and over the years i truly have liked it. 

While I was browsing for Main Course Options for BM 31 through my bookmarks, I had to make this yummy curry to cater to my own craving for Thai comfort food ! A steaming bowl of thai green curry with Sticky Chilly Garlic Rice (Recipe soon) and Veg Fried Rice (for the kiddo) provided for a perfect meal on a cold rainy day. 

 Prep time : 20 minutes. Cooking time : 10 mins. Serves : 3

  • Vegetables chopped - 1 cup (I used beans, carrots,baby corn, Zucchini)
  • Capsicum / bell pepper - 1/4 cup chopped - I used all three colours
  • Mushrooms - 4 to 5  - thinly sliced
  • Onions - slit lengthwise
  • Panner cubes - 1/4 cup (instead of Tofu - which I had run out)
  • White pepper powder - a dash
  • Olive Oil - 2 TBSP
  • Coconut milk - 1/4 cup 
  • Fresh basil leaves - 1 or 2 leaves (opt. - I didnt add)

  • Coconut grated - 1/4 cup
  • Shallots - 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies - 2
  • galangal - 1 inch piece
  • Coriander leaves - a handful
  • Washed and trimmed fresh coriander stalks - a handful
  • Salt - to taste
  • lemon rind - a dash (be sure to grate it from the top and not towards the whites)
  • lemon grass - 1 or 2 stalks (opt.)

1) Blanch all the veggies in hot boiling water (salted a bit) for 5 - 8 mins . Drain and retain the water.
2) Grind all the ingredients under "grinding" table to a smooth paste. Add adequate water as if grinding for chutney to a smooth milk paste (slightly flowing).
3) In a wok, heat olive oil. When hot, add the onions and mushrooms and fry lightly. Add a dash of salt and cook covered for 4 - 5 minutes. Now add the capsicums and fry again. When slightly crunchy, add the rest of the veggies. Saute well. 
4) When the veggies are almost done, add the ground paste. Add the water from the blanched veggies. Adjust salt and seasonings. Add coconut milk as well as 1-2 leaves of fresh basil. Cook covered on low simmer for 10 mins. 
5) Serve with hot steamed rice( preferably Thai Sticky rice or even plain steamed rice) and enjoy a Pan Asian culinary experience.


  1. I have not yet tried thai, reading through the recipe I think it must taste similar...

  2. Bookmarking this Kalyani!

  3. a new cuisine am going to try sis

  4. my fave, looks delicious.

  5. Looks good Kalyani..I make the green Curry on regular basis...a hit curry with all.

  6. I am a big fan of Thai curries and I am so tempted over this curry you have shared.

  7. Am a great fan of Thai curries esepcially the Thai green curry..They looks stunning, makes me hungry.

  8. my most favorite thai curry...looks delicious.

  9. I love Thai curries and yours look lovely! Looks very yummy!

  10. Thai curry looks delicious and with sticky garlic rice it must be amazing!

  11. Delicious Looking curry , though i have never tried any international recipes....

  12. The curry looks fabulous Kalyani..

  13. looks tempting, Kalyani!

  14. love this flavorful curry!!! so aromatic!!!


  15. delicious and flavorful curry

  16. I have been wanting to make this but some ingredients are just not available here. Yummy curry Kalyani...

  17. Love Thai food and my favorite is red curry with tofu & veggies. Green curry comes close third after panaeng curry..

  18. On my list for a long while.. Have to make this lovely recipe soon.. Beautifully made :)


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