Gen's Quick Thai Basil Curry
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INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 15
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 10
  • TO MARINATE TOFU (optional):
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 chilli, chopped (optional)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • FOR THE CURRY
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon oil (sunflower, safflower, peanut)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root (approx. 1 inch ginger)
  • 2-4 tablespoon red curry paste (2-3 if store-bought, 3-4 if homemade)
  • 1-2 zucchinis, chopped
  • 2 cups snap peas, string removed
  • 1 cup cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup swiss chard (or other leafy green like kale, etc.), chopped
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (thai basil or genovese/italian basil)
DIRECTIONS
  1. MARINADE (optional):
  2. Marinate the tofu in 2 tbsp soy sauce, juice 1 lime and the 1 chopped chilli and set aside (optional).
  3. CURRY:
  4. Meanwhile, heat the 2 Tbsp oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Stir the ginger and curry paste into the hot oil for a few seconds until the curry paste is fragrant and the ginger begins to turn golden. Add the vegetables; cook and stir for 1 minute. Pour in the lime juice, soy sauce, maple syrup, coconut milk, and tofu. Bring the coconut milk to a simmer, and cook a few minutes until the vegetables are tender and hot.
  5. Meanwhile, drain the tofu. In another wok or skillet, heat 1/2 tbsp oil over high heat. Add the drained tofu and stir-fry until golden brown. Add tofu to the vegetables.
  6. Stir in the chopped basil just before serving.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
Featuring: basil, cabbage, swiss chard, snap peas, and zucchini. This recipe can be made quite quickly with either store-bought red or yellow curry paste (or you can also make your own- see recipe below). I about 5 and a half cups of any vegetables I have at hand. You can use italian or thai basil for this recipe. HOMEMADE RED CURRY PASTE- just whizz all ingredients in a food processor 3 red chillies 1 lemongrass, roughly chopped 3 shallots, roughly chopped ½ red pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped zest 1 lime stalks from 20g pack coriander thumb-size piece ginger, grated 2 garlic cloves 1 tsp freshly ground pepper 1 tsp ground coriander