green hot banana peppers
minced fresh ginger
( I made mine fresh from butternut squash. Note ( an equal amount of cooked, pureed sweet potato works)
1 1/2-2 tablespoons
Thai red curry paste
( depending on your heat tolerance)
( method to make your own follows)
3 1/2 teaspoons
brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 lbs
boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into large cubes
( this worked out to 4 breasts)
3 tablespoons sour cream or 3 tablespoons
To make coconut milk
3 1/2 cups
- Make coconut milk: In a medium-sized pot, place dessicated coconut and water. Mix and allow to soak for ½ an hour. After ½ an hour, turn heat onto low and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and leave pot on element for ½ an hour. After ½ an hour, transfer coconut mixture to blender or processor and process for 45 seconds. Put a large sieve over a bowl and empty coconut mixture into it. Press down hard on coconut solids with the back of a spoon to remove as much coconut milk as possible. This method produced 2 cups of coconut milk. Can be made up to 2 days before recipe and refrigerated, covered. The milk will separate in the fridge, forming a creamy ‘fat’ layer on top, and a thinner ‘liquid’ layer underneath. Not to worry, the fat layer will melt into the curry along with the liquid and form a lovely milk.
- For curry: In a food processor, pulse onion, peppers, ginger and garlic to make a smooth paste.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion paste and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add pumpkin puree and curry paste and mash into onion paste. Cook until aromatic, another 2-3 minutes. Add sugar, salt and coconut milk, stirring, and bring just to boil. Simmer until slightly thicker, about 4-5 minutes. Add chicken and cook another 10 minutes. Stir in 3 tblsps sour cream so that it is completely incorporated into the sauce and simmer 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
- Serve with your favourite rice pilaf and enjoy!