Monday, 1 October 2012

44p "easy thai green curry"

A great simple and tasty meal

This is something people always think is rediculously difficult to make, not so. You will notice however i use a pre-made paste, this is a cost thing. there are many fresh ingredients in this paste, ingluding things like fresh ginger and lemongrass that aren't storable and will simply go off before you have time to use them up. the pre-made pastes are really good, i went for the cheapest this week, but if you find one you particularly like, let me know. 

I reconmend making 3 portions so there is another one for later in the week, and one to add to a
freezer stock-pile. I'll reconmend this with most recipes, so you:

a)don't have to cook every night of the week
b)  theres a stock-pile for busy or financially strapped weeks in the freezer.

Saying that, please follow these health and safty guidlines:

  • Allow meal to cool before refridgerating. 
  • Don't leave rice out overnight. 
  • Don't leave rice the fridge for longer than 2 days (total)

Nutritional info and itemised shopping list at the bottom of this post.

Ingredients (3 servings)

1. In a large pan or slow cooker (so it can be left unattended) place the following:

250g frozen chicken (does not need to be defrosted)
1 stock cubes
500ml boiling water

2. Simmer COVERED, low for 20-40min (or slow cook 2h)
     Allow to cool

3. Remove any bone or skin from chicken and set aside in just enough stock to cover the chicken (this will prevent it from becoming dry)

4. place the stock and following ingredients in a pan

50g  green curry paste
50g red lentils (rinsed in cold water)

5. Simmer 10-15 min, untill lentils are tender and stock is thickened.

* this is a great time to make the rice*

6. after the above 10-15 min Add:

50g  creamed coconut (1 sachets)

7. Stir untill it looks evenly coloured
Remove from heat and add:

100g Broccoli (defrosted in microwave)
50g   Frozen peas
(plus reserved cooked chicken in stock)

8. Serve over rice.

(If broccoli or peas aren't your thing, any green veg will work. Try green pepper and spinach, or cougettes and spring onions , I even add a 1/2 bag of stir fry veg when i have it left over)

* "perfect rice"

Place ingredients in a pan:

1 cup long grain rice
1 3/4 cups cold water
1/4 tsp salt

stir once, DO NOT STIR AGAIN!

  • Bring to the boil, reduce to simmer. 
  • simmer for 10min uncovered. 
  • Place a tight lid ( or foil, then a plate) over the rice pan. 
  • allow to steam for a further 10-15min. 
  • fluff with fork to separate grains before serving

Serve and ENJOY 

Hope you guys all enjoy making this, and as ever, don't forget....

It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x

Nutritional information (per serving)

Calories     458
Carbs            33
Fat                 22
Protein        30

Shopping list**

Tesco Wholefoods Red Split Lentils 1Kg £1.80 £0.09
Tesco Everyday Value Long Grain Rice 1Kg £0.40 £0.08
Pataks Creamed Coconut Sachets 200G £1.20 £0.30
Blue Dragon Thai Green Curry Paste 285G £1.50 £0.26
Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Portions 2Kg £3.19 £0.40
Tesco Everyday Value chicken stock cubes £0.10 £0.01
Tesco Everyday Value Broccoli 907g £1.00 £0.11
Tesco Everyday Value Garden Peas 900G £1.00 £0.05

                                                     total       £10.09     £1.32

**Cost (1/10/12, tesco online)
1st collumb - cost per quantity available to purchase
2nd collumb -cost per quantity used.

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