This creamy coconut curry with fresh Thai basil is a go-to meal in my home especially on those busy weekdays. It’s creamy, full of fresh flavors and very filling without being to heavy and the spiciness level is totally adjustable to your liking. It has fresh delicious ingredients and is really tasty even as leftovers. I’m so excited for you to try it.
Here are the basic ingredients (minus the chicken and carrots I left out). The full recipe is below.
Creamy coconut curry with fresh thai basil
- 2 cans coconut milk
- Thai curry paste depending on the brand and heat level desired use 1 tea. to 3 Tbs.
- 1 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
- 1 bell pepper cut in 1-in pieces
- 1 onion cut into 1-in pieces
- 3 carrots peeled and cut into 1/4 in thick slices
- 1-2 baked potatoes precooked, peeled and cubed (optional)
- 1-2 chicken breast cooked, and sliced or shredded (I cook my chicken breasts in a crockpot then freeze whole so they are ready to use when I need them, just thaw and go)
- 1 cup thai basil leaves
- 1-3 tea. fish sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Serve with warm jasmine rice
In a large pot, heat one can coconut milk, curry paste (go easy on this and add more later if desired), and brown sugar until milk begins to simmer and curry paste becomes fragrant (3-4 minutes).
Add second can of coconut milk, carrots peppers and onions. Bring to boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook until veggies are tender (approx. 10 min).
Add cooked chicken and cooked potatoes (if desired). Simmer for 5 minutes.
Turn off heat and add fish sauce and fresh Thai basil leaves.
Serve over warm jasmine rice.
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If you have any leftovers try it as a coconut curry soup. To give you an idea of what I would add to it to make soup I’ll give you an example. If I ended up with half the curry left I would add an additional can of coconut milk along with 1 cup chicken broth and 1 tea. curry paste. Then add 2-3 cups of cooked rice and voila! Coconut curry soup. It is so delicious and worth trying. If you like Thai coconut curry you will love making these in your home and a fraction of the cost a restaurant would charge. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite Thai dish?