Green Thai Curry

October 2, 2015

You can adjust the ingredients of this dish according to what you’ve got in the fridge, is in season or based on your individual health needs. Below I have provided an example of some of the ingredients that I might use with the additional benefit of the nutritional information:

2-3 cloves of garlic – for circulatory health including blood pressure, cholesterol and thrombosis. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties so suitable for most forms of infection.

Bunch of coriander – it contains vitamin B, folic acid, essential oil and is a natural antibiotic. It is recommended for indigestion, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, flatulence and IBS.

400ml coconut milk or 200g creamed coconut – this adds protein and natural sugars to the dish. Coconut milk is recommended for stomach ulcers and gastritis.

Green beans – aid kidney function thus preventing water retention. They are also recommended for rheumatoid arthritis and gout. The green bean contains

Broccoli – this leafy member of the cruciferous family is recommended for high blood pressure and antioxidants. It contains Vitamins A, C, Folic Acid, E, Calcium, Iron and Zinc.

Baby corn – yet another source of Vitamins A and C meaning it has antioxidant advantages. It’s a low-calorie type of corn, contains fibre and a small amount of protein.

1 lime (juice only) – limes promote tissue healing and increase iron absorption. They are a source of vitamin C, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Fibre.

2 stalks lemon grass – this herb contains numerous essential oils, B Vitamins and antioxidants in the form of vitamin C and A.

Sliced ginger – recommended for the immune system especially when suffering colds. It may ease symptoms of morning sickness and nausea in men and women. It also stimulates circulation.

Red and green chillies – the capsaicin contained in chillies is believed to be good for the heart and circulation. They contain vitamin C and are recommended for digestive and circulatory problems. However, excessive consumption of chillies may cause chronic inflammation of the digestive system.

Spring onions – contain vitamins A, B and C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, bioflavonoids, sulphur compounds and essential oil. They are recommended for circulatory health as they help prevent blood-clot formation and build up of cholesterol. They have medicinal purposes for arthritis, gout, diabetes, intestinal infections, parasites, diarrhoea and period pain.

Raw king prawns/scallops – shellfish contains iodine, iron, selenium, zinc and protein. Both zinc and selenium are antioxidants and have other beneficial properties. Shellfish provides a lower fat alternative to meat but will still give you ample energy and a source of protein.

Method:

In a deep wok bring to simmer the coconut milk and add finely chopped chillies, garlic, ginger, lemon grass, lime juice and coriander. Then stir in the remaining ingredients minus the prawns/scallops and allow to cook for about 30 minutes whilst the flavours release, stirring occasionally. Lastly add the raw king prawns/scallops until the prawns turn pink, this usually takes about 5 minutes. Serve with rice or rice noodles. Pre-soak rice for as long as possible before cooking it if you have the time. Let me know how you get on!

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