Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
This curry is great with warm baguette or rice. I have reduced the amount of oil to 1 tbsp and used chicken breasts instead of thighs but both are delicious.
- 3 stalks lemongrass, trimmed, quatered lenghtwise and coarsely chopped
- 1 inch gingerroot, peeled, roughly chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoons Madras curry powder, Vietnamese kind preferred
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried red chili pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 -2 1⁄2 lbs bone-in skinless chicken breasts
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (13 1/2 ounce) can coconut milk
- 4 white boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds total)
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- The lemongrass, ginger and onion paste. Place lemongrass into the bowl of the food processor and process until the lemongrass is transformed into a soft, fluffy mass, about 3 minutes. (You'll see a whirling snow blizzard in the bowl.) Add the ginger to the bowl of the food process and pulse until the ginger is finely chopped. Add the onion and process the entire mixture to a nice paste.
- Cook the curry. Heat the oil in a large saucepan (4 or 5-quart) over medium heat. Saute the paste of lemongrass, ginger and onion until it is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the curry powder and dried red chili flakes (if using) and continue sautéing to aromatize the spices, about 1 minute. Add the chicken pieces, salt, pepper, coconut milk and enough water to just cover the chicken. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes.
- Add the potatoes. While the curry simmers, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch chunks. Add the potatoes to the curry when the initial cooking time has elapsed. Bring the curry back to a simmer and continue cooking for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Turn off the heat and let the curry sit, covered, for 30 to 45 minutes to let the flavors meld and mature.
- Final touches. Reheat over low heat and correct the seasoning. Serve with lots of steamed rice, or warm baguette for dipping. Lime wedges are a good accompaniment for folks who want to cut some of the heat!
- NOTES & TIPS.
This is so good! It definitely requires a food processor in order to make the lemon grass/ginger/onion paste. Chicken thighs would be interesting, as would a whole cut-up chicken. Loved it! Thanks, Chef #573036. Made for Bargain Basement tag game.