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                 kaeng paa kai (jungle curry with chicken)
 
 Recipe By     : Colonel I.F.K. Philpott
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Curry                            Thai
                 Colonel’s
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
                         ---curry paste---
    2      tablespoons   takrai (lemon grass) -- bruised, and thinly
                         sliced
    3      tablespoons   shallots -- coarsely chopped
    2      tablespoons   kratiem (garlic) -- chopped
                         quarter cup kachai (lesser ginger) -- peeled and choppe
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    8                    prik chee fa daegn haeng (dried red Thai -- crushed
                         jalapenas)
    1      teaspoon      green peppercorns
    1      teaspoon      kapi (fermented shrimp paste)
                         a dash of fish sauce
                         ----curry----
    4      cups          chicken -- cut in 1 pieces
      1/4  cup           nam pla (fish sauce)
    3      cups          chicken stock or water
      1/2  cup           makhua pro (thai eggplant)
      1/4  cup           prik che fa (Thai jalaenas) -- julienned
      1/2  cup           bai maenglak (kaffir lime leaves) -- shredded or
    1      teaspoon      lime zest
    4                    coconut
 
 for the curry
 method
 First prepare the curry paste by grinding the ingredients to a fine paste in
 a mortar and pestle or food processor.
 Pierce the coconuts and drain the juice into a picher. Then using a machete
 chop off the top of each coconut, just above the mid-point, to leave four
 serving bowls.
 Using a spoon scoop out the coconut 'meat' in leaf shaped pieces with a
 spoon (or use a melon baller). Add about half a cup of coconut to the juice
 for every two cups of juice, and refrigerate.
 Reserve half a cup of coconut meat, and reserve the rest to make coconut
 milk for other recipes.
 Heat a wok or large sautee pan over medium high heat, and then add a little
 oil and stir fry the curry paste until aromatic.
 add the chicken, and stir fry briefly and then add the remaining
 ingredients, except the lime leaves and the chicken stock, and stir fry
 until the chicken begins to change colour. Add the stock, and cover,
 simmering until the chicken and the eggplant is cooked through. 
 Now serve the curry in the four large coconut shell bowls, garnished with
 the lime leaves, and accompanied by rice in the tops of the coconut shells,
 bring the chilled coconut nectar to the table as a refreshing cool drink,
 and don't forget the usual condiments (nam pla prik (chilis in fish sauce),
 dried ground chilis, and sugar).
 --  Colonel Ian F. Khuntilanont-Philpott <colonel@korat1.vu-korat.ac.th>
 Systems Engineering, Vongchavalitkul University, Korat 30000, Thailand
 
 A recent trip to Bangkok resulted in our eating at a nice little
 restaurant in a back alley near the airport. This dish is quite common,
 but both my wife and I were taken by the presentation described hear
 (the rest of the recipe is however my wife’s).
 
 Of course before you rush out to try this, I have to say that you need a
 heavy, and very sharp knife - a machete or a survivalist’s Bowie might
 be suitable - and a degree of skill in its use if you are not to have a
 messy accident - spilling the contents of the coconuts all over the
 kitchen may well be the least of your problems. So of course I point out
 that you can open the coconuts some other way, and serve the dish in
 more conventional tableware!
 
 kachai is a relative of ginger, known as Lesser Ginger in some parts of
 the world (though I am reminded that in other places this appelation is
 used for galangal). For those of a botanical bent its latin name is
 Kaempferia Panduratum.
 
 The prik chee fa are a mild chili, about 6 centimetres long and 1 cm
 thick. They are known as Thai jalapenas, and if unavailable the Mexican
 variety could be substituted. If dried red jalapenas are not available,
 deseed, and devein fresh jalapenas, and use them instead.
 
 Makheua pro are a Thai variety of eggplant, about the size and shape of
 a green golfball. If unavailable you can use normal aubergine, but will
 need to adjust the cooking time.
 
 bai maenglak is a sweet Thai basil. If unavailable normal european basil
 may be used.
 
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