- Course: Main Course
- Total Time: Under 30 Minutes
- Skill Level: Easy
- Cost: Moderate
- Favorited: 59 Times
Can be made ahead of time.
Gaeng Kheow Wan Gai
Don’t let the light, sweet aroma of basil and the creamy appearance of the sauce fool you. Of all the wonderful Thai chiles, this dish is always the hottest, which means it can be nearly nuclear. This is a curry that gets better with age, so if you can, prepare it a day ahead up to the point of adding the basil and chiles and refrigerate until ready for service. Commercial curry pastes are acceptable in this recipe, but it does taste best when prepared with a fresh paste. Since curry pastes can be frozen, keep some in the freezer to use in dishes like this. If using canned coconut cream, don’t shake or mix the can before measuring—use the thicker cream on top for boiling with the paste.
Heat a heavy saucepan over medium heat, add the cream, and simmer gently until boiling. Boil for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the cream forms a sheen on top. Add the curry paste and, using the back of a spoon, mash the paste until it becomes smooth. Continue to fry until the mixture darkens and becomes very fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken and stir to coat the pieces.
Stir in enough of the coconut milk to reach the desired consistency. Add the eggplant, sugar, fish sauce, lime leaves, if using, and salt to taste. Gently simmer the sauce for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken and eggplant are done. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Add the basil and chile and continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes.
To serve, remove the kaffir lime leaves, place the curry in a serving bowl, and garnish with the fresh basil leaves.
Nutritional information is based on 6 servings and includes 1/8 teaspoon of added salt per serving, but does not include Thai green curry paste. For nutritional information on Thai green curry paste, please follow the link above.