Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Chicken Thai Green Curry
Assalamualaikum Dear Readers,
My first dish for 2011 in umidishes is Chicken Thai Green Curry. Preparing this curry require patience but the end result is very satisfactory. As we are all aware eating out is becoming costlier and so I hope you can try this at home for the entire family to enjoy.
Here's the video.
Here's the recipe:
3 boneless breast of chicken (cut into small cubes)
10 pcs baby eggplant or apple eggplant (if not available cut into small pieces 1 eggplant)
500gm thick concentrated coconut milk
2 tbs fish sauce
2 tbs vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
salt and palm sugar to taste(optional)
a stalk of basil leaf for garnishing
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp corriander seeds
1 tsp white peppercorn
Roast and grind all.
2 fresh green chillies
20 Thai small green chillies
1 lemon grass
1 in. galanghal
1 in. fresh turmeric (2 tsp turmeric powder if fresh ones are not available)
1 kaffir lime leaf (remove the vein)
1 stalk coriander leaves and roots
kaffir lime rind from 1 kaffir lime
4 pcs. shallots
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tbs shrimp paste
1) Wash and cut each ingredients roughly into small pieces
2) Pound in a stone mortar each ingredients according to the sequence above until the last one i.e shrimp paste.
3) However if a blender is being used put all ingredients into the blender and blend with half cup of water or less.
1) Mix the spice mixture with the green chilly paste
2) Heat the oil and pour in the green chilly paste. Remember to maintain slow fire the entire time.
3) Fry for few minutes. Add in few spoonful of coconut milk. Let it simmer for few minutes.
4) Add in a few spoonful of coconut milk again and let it simmer for few minutes. Repeat until the coconut milk is finished.
5) Add in the chicken and let the chicken simmer until its cooked.
6) Add in the baby eggplant and add in a quarter to half cup of water (depending on how thick you want the curry to be) and let the curry simmer for few minutes.
7) Add salt and fish sauce to taste and palm sugar if preferred. Finally add in the basil leaves and simmer for the last time a minute or two.
8) Ready to serve.
What is on my mind right now is the upheaval in Tunisia. My heart and sympathy goes out to our brothers and sisters there. May Allah bless the people with guidance,wisdom, peace and prosperity in the days to come.
In Islam, every believer is a brother or sister to the other; we are one body, one nation, one Ummah. Each of us is entrusted to uphold another's right. Islam holds people’s rights in high esteem. The guidelines and regulations in Quran and hadith are intended to uphold the rights Islam gives to the believers.Islam strongly condemns the violation of God-given rights. Trustworthiness is therefore an essential characteristic that must be evident in all our actions. Being trustworthy implies being honest, fair in dealings and keeping promises and commitments in every aspect of our life be it moral,social,business,politics or religion.If we claim that we are a believer we therefore must be reliable, honest and trustworthy.
From the man in the street to the mightiest ruler all are equal in Islam, the only thing that makes any of us better than the other is his piety or righteousness.
Trustworthiness in Arabic is amanah. The opposite of amanah is betrayal i.e failure to keep the trust or amanah in the way the person/citizens who entrusted it expect or want bearing in mind the needs, the well beings and aspirations of all its citizens. This is a reminder to me,to you and all leaders whether you are the head of a household, a club, a village or a nation,when God commands us to keep the trust, to be trustworthy, we must take this seriously. Be very afraid of the court of Allah on judgement day.
Till we meet again .Take care.
Jazakum Allahu Khairan
pix: umiazizan album
pix on riots: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/