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Take A Walk On The Wild Side With Thai Jungle Curry Paste

If you’re looking to spice up your Thai curry repertoire, then pick up a jar of jungle curry paste. Hailing from the hills of Northern Thailand, this fiery curry contains no coconut milk, so it’s far spicier than its southern counterparts. Once you’ve mastered the basic Thai jungle curry recipe, get creative with this flavour-packed paste, harnessing its lemongrass, kaffir lime and galangal notes in fish cakes and stir-fries.

Thai jungle curry

To make a classic Thai jungle curry, combine a good-quality jungle curry paste, such as Valcom, with chicken fillet, bamboo shoots, eggplants and beans. Season with fish sauce, sugar, chilli and kaffir lime for an authentic taste of Thailand.

Popular Thai Curry Dishes

Fish cakes with jungle curry

Fragrant with lemongrass, kaffir lime and galangal, jungle curry paste is the perfect addition to Thai fish cakes. Use a firm white fish fillet, such as ling or cod to make these street-food snacks, served with a sweet, sour and spicy dipping sauce.

Thai Fish Cake

Chicken curry cakes

Up your canape game with these steamed chicken curry cakes. These petite savoury cakes combine chicken mince, prawns, coconut cream and jungle curry paste to create tempting little bites that are ideal for entertaining.

Steamed chicken curry cake

Stir-fried beef with jungle curry

Versatile jungle curry paste can also add punch to stir-fries. Add 1 tablespoon Thai jungle curry paste to this stir-fried beef recipe for a quick and easy dinner for cool winter nights.

Shortcut to flavour

Try these quick-smart ideas using Thai jungle curry paste:

• Combine 1-2 tbs jungle curry paste with sunflower oil, lime juice and grated palm sugar and use as a marinade for grilled seafood
• Make a warming winter broth using chicken stock, 1-2 tbs curry paste, shredded poached chicken, diced tomato, sliced mushrooms and coriander leaves

For more on cooking traditional Thai curries and contemporary Asian dishes at home, discover new ways to cook with yellow curry paste, creative ideas using red curry paste, and mouth-watering green curry recipes.

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