When I was a kid, my parent often asked me to go to collect kaffir lime leaves in the neighboring area. I love the smell of kaffir lime leaves in food, but the problem of all these were they always asked me to pick the leaves in the most creepy evening and the one and only kaffir lime tree in our area was in an eerily spooky garden of an abandon garage. That’s an effort and sacrifice we put in each dish.
It’s been many years afterward when my parent decided to grow our own kaffir lime trees within our fence and I didn’t totally tormented by the scary leaves picking duty. Now we have two kaffir lime trees at home, thick and green.
Kaffir lime leaf has a pungent fragrance. While green kaffir lime rind is a strong component in many types of curry paste of Thai cuisine, its leaves are very aromatic and help enhancing the flavour of the dishes even more.
As my chicken was muddling and sizzling in spicy red curry paste, I rolled a handful of kaffir lime leaves together tightly and sliced them finely. The perfume rose from the tearing leaves were so fresh and strong. I added the leaves at the end, and it turned everything into a little heaven.
Stir Fried Chicken with Curry Paste and Kaffir Lime Leaves
Ingredients: (2 servings)
200 gm boneless chicken- sliced into bite size
1 heap tbsp Thai red curry paste
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp fish sauce or to taste
5-6 kaffir lime leaves- finely sliced
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp oil
- Heat oil in a wok or pan over a medium heat and sauté Thai red curry paste until aromatic.
- Add chicken and stir fry until the chicken turns white.
- Add water and increase the heat to high. Cook further for five minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
- Season with sugar and fish sauce.
- Add kaffir lime leaves, give it a quite stir and turn off the heat. Serve hot with some rice.
I spent less than 10 minutes cooking this simple dish. It is one of those quick dishes that work so well for lunch. The chicken was tender and soaked up with delicious flavour and aroma. The thick sauce melted so easily into hot rice.
By the way, these kaffir lime leaves came from supermarket; nobody had risk their life picking them up from the spooky garage garden.
Have a lovely day,