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Adventures in Thai Green Curry

Last night S. and I tried out one of the recipes in my new copy of Vegan With A Vengeance:  the Thai green curry.  The recipe looked great, but we had to buy quite a few "special" ingredients I don't typically keep on hand, like fresh basil, shallots, fresh ginger, and lemongrass (and, given the way the lemongrass went, I should've titled this post "adventures in lemongrass.")

The curry sauce consisted of a puree of jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, cilantro, shallots, garlic, lemon zest, lemongrass, coconut milk, coriander, cumin, and a few other things; then you add sauteed tofu, red bell pepper, and onion (and we added mushrooms).  Basil goes in last.

It was amazing.  It tasted so fresh and green and zesty.  We ate it over thin rice noodles. 

So, this was delicious, but I'm too poor to make it very often.  We were trying to come up with ways to adapt it cheaper, so it would still be this delicious, just half the price.  I think we could sub onion and extra garlic for the shallots (shallots were $3.99/lb).  We could probably skip the lemongrass and just add lemon juice.  The hot peppers were cheap, cilantro was 89 cents, ginger was about a dollar, garlic cloves I normally have around but was out of, and coconut milk I sometimes have around.  The veggies you mix in could be flexible (the red bell pepper was $2, and I'm not super keen on bell pepper anyhow).  The fresh basil was expensive, as basil is wont to be... but I don't think it would be as good or quite the same without it.

Next time I would double or triple the recipe, as we ate the whole batch (even though the recipe says it serves 4).  I was hoping for leftovers... but alas, it was too good for that.

Photo credit to S. for the first two prep photos here; the final photos of the finished product didn't come out that well... but trust me, it was killer.

Sauteeing the veggies and stirring in the coconut milk...

Sauteeing veggies...

The finished product... the photo doesn't look nearly appetizing enough..