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What you need:

FOR THE CURRY PASTE
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds, toasted
2 tsp whole cumin seeds, toasted
1 tsp whole black peppercorns, toasted
1 tsp coarse salt
3 serrano chiles, sliced
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
2 stalks fresh lemon grass, trimmed and chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 spring onions, chopped
2 tbsp chopped peeled fresh ginger
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp finely grated lime zest (from 2 limes)

For the stew:

2 oz spinach

14oz /1 tin  unsweetened regular coconut milk
14oz /1 tin  unsweetened light coconut milk
1 medium courgette (zucchini) quartered lengthwise and sliced 1 inch thick (21/4 cups)
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup fresh basil

What you do:

Make the curry paste: Grind coriander, cumin, peppercorns, and salt with a mortar and pestle, or with the bottom of a heavy skillet. Add remaining ingredients, and grind until a paste forms. (The Curry paste can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.)

Make the stew:

Puree 5 tbsp curry paste, the spinach, and 1 cup regular coconut milk in a blender until smooth. Reserve remaining curry paste for another use.

Bring remaining regular coconut milk and the light coconut milk to a boil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy stockpot. Reduce heat, stir in curry-spinach mixture, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add courgette, and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until courgette is tender and chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add basil, and garnish with serrano chiles.

Serve with rice and lime wedges.

 

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What you need:

3  salmon fillets, skin removed
5 white fish fillets eg cod or haddock, skin removed
2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
4 spring onions, finely sliced
140g or ½ jar of Thai red curry paste
1 tsp turmeric
2 x 400ml tins light coconut milk
3/4 pt / 426ml fish stock
2 tsp golden caster sugar
2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
Handful of kaffir lime leaves
5oz /142g mangetout (or green beans or sugar snap peas)
5oz /142g peas
7oz /198g pak choi, halved and finely sliced
Handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped, to garnish

What you do:
Cut each fish fillet into 4 pieces and place in the fridge, covered, until needed.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently fry the spring onions for a few minutes until soft. Add the Thai curry paste and turmeric and fry for a few seconds.

Add the coconut milk. Pour in the fish stock and add the caster sugar, lemongrass and lime leaves. Simmer gently for at least 5 minutes.

Add the mangetout (or green beans, or sugar snap peas) with the fish and peas, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Finally add the pak choi and cook for another minute.

Scatter coriander over the top.

Serve with the rice and lime wedges

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What you need:

5¼ oz  /150g chopped onion
1 green pepper, seeded, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely-chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2.1 pts /1.2 vegetable or  chicken stock
1 (14 oz /400g) ) tin diced tomatoes
1 (14 oz /400g ) tin pink beans, rinsed and drained
3½ oz /100g diced fresh avocado, for garnish
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish

What you do:

In the bottom of a slow cooker, combine the pork, onion, green pepper, jalapeno, garlic, chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Add the stock, tomatoes and beans, cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.

When ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with the avocado and coriander. Garnish the soup with lime wedges.

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