Veg and Tofu Thai Green Curry

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15-20 mins
Serves: 3-4

1 cup Tofu, cubed
½ cup Red & Green Bell Peppers, thinly sliced
½ cup Baby Corn, sliced
½ cup Sugar Snaps/French Beans, chopped
½ cup Mushrooms (I used Shiitake)
½ cup Green Peas
½ cup carrot, thin stripes
½ cup Yam/Sweet Potato
1 can Coconut Milk
2 fresh/frozen/dried Kaffir Lime Leaves, snipped into thin strips
1½ tsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste 

For Green Curry Paste:
1 stalk lemongrass, sliced (lower half)
2 Tbsp ground Coriander Seeds
2 Tbsp Vegetarian Fish Sauce/Soy Sauce
1 tsp Brown Sugar (optional)
3-6 Green Chillies, deseeded (adjust acc to taste)
1 small Onion
1-2 Garlic Cloves
1 tsp Lime Zest
1 thumb-size piece Galangal/Ginger
1 cup/1 bunch Fresh Coriander, including Stems
1 cup fresh Holy/Sweet Basil, including stems

Grind all the ingredients below green curry paste to smooth paste adding little coconut milk at a time.
Heat oil in wok or deep frying pan and add ground paste and sauté it over medium flame for about one minute.
Add coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and tofu and turn down the heat. Allow the curry to simmer, stirring occasionally for about five minutes.
Add all the vegetables, salt to taste and cover and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes till the vegetables are well cooked.
Stir in soy sauce and lime juice if required and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Garnish with fresh basil and coriander leaves and serve hot with Jasmine or sticky rice and enjoy.

1. Vegetarian Fish Sauce is a mixture of soy beans, salt, sugar, water, chilli, and citric acid which acts as a preservative. I make my own Veg Fish Sauce when I am short of strore bought by adding ½ cup Soya Sauce+1 tbsp Sugar+1 tbsp Red Chilli Paste+ ¼ tsp Citric Acid/1 fresh Lime Juice.
2. Galangal is available as fresh/dried/paste form in local oriental stores or Asian stores and sometime in supermarkets. If you don’t have Galangal in your pantry use Ginger and 1 tsp Lime juice instead. I usually add small piece of ginger along with galangal which gives extra flavour and kick to the curry.
3. Sambal Olek is basically a spicy chilli paste. You can make your own Sambal Olek at home by grinding
10-15 Red Chillies (with seeds) + 2-3 tbsp White Vinegar + 1-2 tsp Salt (OR)
10-15 Red Chillies (with seeds) + 2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar + 1 tbsp Palm Sugar + Salt (OR)
10-15 Red Chillies (with seeds) + 2 tbsp Lime Juice + 2 tbsp Sesame Oil + Salt
Store this paste in a sterilised glass jar and store it in fridge. It usually lasts for few weeks.
4. Kaffir Lime Leaves are usually available in Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai stores as fresh or in frozen section. Dry Kaffir Leaves are available in any big supermarket in their dry herbs or oriental food aisle. When they are not available substitute them with lime zest and juice.
5. Lemon Grass is available as fresh/frozen/dry/paste. You can substitute them with lime zest and juice.