Make this as spicy as you like and experiment with different veg. It will soon become a last minute favourite
- 1 tsp vegetable or sunflower oil
- 1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
- 1 onion, sliced
- 250ml reduced-fat coconut milk
- 500g skinless salmon fillet, cut into chunks
- 200g pack trimmed green bean
- coriander or basil, to serve
MethodStir in the onion, then cook gently for about 5 mins until softened. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, then add the salmon chunks and beans.
- 2 shallots, or 1 small onion
- 1 stalk lemongrass
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3-4 tsp red Thai curry paste
- 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp sugar, brown is best
- 4 freeze-dried kaffir lime leaves
- 400ml can coconut milk
- 20g pack fresh coriander
- Peel shallots or onion and cut in half from top to root. Lay the cut sides flat on a board and thinly slice. Very finely slice the lemongrass, starting at the thinner end, stopping towards the base when it gets tough (often described as ‘woody’ and white in the centre).
- Heat the oil in a wok or large saucepan for a couple of minutes until the oil separates (it looks more liquid at this point). Add the shallots or onion. Fry for 3-5 mins, until soft and translucent. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 min, stirring all the time.
- Add chicken pieces and stir until they are coated. Add the lemongrass, fish sauce, sugar, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk. Bring slowly to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 mins until the chicken is cooked. Stir the curry a few times while it cooks, to stop it sticking and to keep the chicken submerged.
- While the chicken is cooking, strip the leaves from the coriander stalks, gather into a pile and chop very roughly. Taste the curry and add a little more curry paste and salt if you think it needs it. Stir half the coriander into the curry and sprinkle the rest over the top. Serve with Thai jasmine or basmati rice.
- 2-3 tbsp groundnut oil
- 2kg beef short ribs (bone-in ribs left whole), or brisket, cut into large chunks
- large bunch coriander
- 2 lemongrass stalks, 1 bashed, 1 roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1-2 green chillies, roughly chopped, deseeded if you like
- 2cm-piece galangal or ginger, peeled and chopped
- 50ml rice wine vinegar
- 50ml fish sauce
- 2 tbsp palm or light brown sugar
- 400g can coconut milk
- 2 star anise
- 6 kaffir lime leaves
- juice 2 limes, plus wedges to serve
- Heat a little of the oil in a large pan and brown the beef in batches, removing to a plate after, reserving any juices. If your slow cooker has a browning function, use this instead. Meanwhile, in a mini chopper or food processor, whizz half the coriander, the chopped lemongrass, garlic, chillies and galangal with the rest of the oil until you have a rough paste.
- Turn the slow cooker to High. Heat the paste for a few mins, then add the beef and all the remaining ingredients, apart from the remaining coriander and lime juice. Turn slow cooker to Low and cook for 8 hrs, or until the meat is falling off the bone.
- If using beef ribs, remove bones from the beef, then shred the meat with 2 forks. If the sauce is too thin, strain it off and boil it to reduce. Stir in the remaining coriander and lime juice, then season with more fish sauce or sugar.
- 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- juice 1 lime
- 4 x 140g/5oz skinless salmon fillet, cut into large chunks
- oil, for drizzling
- Combine the sweet chilli sauce and lime juice in a bowl. Pour half the mixture into a bowl for serving. Thread the salmon onto 4 skewers and brush with the remaining chilli sauce. Marinate for 20 mins.
- Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Shake excess marinade from the kebabs, then drizzle with oil, season and griddle for 8 mins, turning occasionally until the salmon is opaque and comes away easily from the pan. Serve hot with the dipping sauce.