Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chicken and Lemon Grass Curry

There are days when my mind just goes blank thinking about the next meal or even the next two meals, about what to cook! Sometimes, I crave for something really spicy, but then would have to prepare an additional dish which my kids can have as well. I have been away from spicy food for a few weeks now, and the craving is back here again! This dish is perfect for the whole family. While this is not what I would call spicy, nevertheless, it seems to satisfy my craving for something spicy. 

The aroma of this dish while it is cooking, is just awesomely good. This dish uses the roots and tender stems of the coriander plant, did you know that the roots can be eaten? It is usually used in curry dishes like this, and it is even more fragrant than the leaves! Just soak the roots for a few moments and rub them gently. I love corianders, they have a distinct beautiful aroma and great in most dishes, like Chinese stir-fries and wonderful as a garnish.

Give this a try, I'm very sure that you will enjoy this dish. We had this with plain white rice, though I'm sure it will be really good with any briyani rice.

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I'm sharing this with :

Chicken and Lemon Grass Curry
(adapted from 500 Curries by Mridula Baljekar)
Serves 4
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
500gm, boneless chicken thighs, diced
3 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tsp sugar
1 lemon grass stalk, chopped into 4 sticks and lightly crushed
5 kaffir lime leaves, rolled into cylinders and thinly sliced across, plus extra for garnish

For the curry paste :
1 lemon grass stalk, coarsely chopped
1 in piece galangal, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 kaffir lime leaves, chopped
3 shallots, coarsely chopped
6 coriander (cilantro) roots, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 fresh green chillies, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 tsp shrimp paste
1 tsp ground turmeric
chopped fresh coriander, to garnish
  1. First make the curry paste. Place all the ingredients in a large mortar or food processor and pound with a pestle or process to a smooth paste.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok, add the garlic and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Be careful not to let the garlic burn or it will taste bitter.
  3. Add the curry paste to the pan and cook for a further 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and stir until they are thoroughly coated with the curry paste. Stir in the fish sauce and chicken stock, then add the sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes moe.
  5. Add the lemon grass and lime leaves, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Spoon the curry into four warmed dishes, garnish and serve immediately.


  1. Very scrumptious flavorful curry....I am going to try it this weekend!

  2. Omg, thats a flavourful chicken curry,mouthwatering here..

  3. Mmmm....I love curry and I love that you added lemon grass to it. Oh...the smell...lovely! I will have double portion rice with this :D

  4. Cooking is not easy hor? See, you got pressure already.
    This dish is fulled of aroma. I'll love it.

  5. Wow..i can almost smell the serai! hmm feel like dipping bread in it.

  6. sounds delicious, like thai style curry. I think i have to stay away from curry for a week, having terrible flu and throat's not good. i heard from old people saying that coriander roots can be used to treat rashes but i dont how they do it..

  7. Oooh! Get more spicy cravings! Lovely curry :)

  8. A very different and delicious looking chicken preparation. Looks so inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. My dear friend
    I love the spicy foods!!!
    Thank yoy for this recipe and wonterful photos!!!
    Many kisses

  10. The lemongrass in this dish really pops! I bet it tastes delicious!

  11. This sounds delicious! If I'm planning meals for the week and I go blank, I call it cooker's block.

  12. sounds delicious and yumm!! gloria

  13. I had no idea you could eat coriander roots. Neat! This looks very good. I love spicy food and so does my husband, but we have the same issue, we have to cook something else or set something aside for our daughter since she couldn't handle the spice.

  14. YUM, i want some, lucky i'm cooking a curry tonight.

  15. It just kills me when you make curries, Joyce, they always look and sound so good! I didn't know you could eat coriander roots either. I love learning fun facts like that from other blogs. The spicier for me, the better!

  16. Your chicken lemongrass curry looks so good and it is making me hungry. It's late now but I would like to have this for lunch tomorrow. This is a great intro to curry for people who cannot take the spicy curries.

  17. WOW this sounds so flavorful! Mmmmm

  18. a real treat is very exquisita,abrazos.

  19. Joy, I always learn something new, each and every time I come for a visit! This dish looks wonderful, and bright with flavor. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth n Soul blog hop!

  20. Lemon grass and coriander give such wonderful fragrance in a cooking, I definitely will try this recipe Joyce!...And no coconut milk!

  21. I love curry and really want to make this soon!

  22. Hi everyone,
    Thank you for visiting and your lovely comments! If you are trying out this curry, I'm sure that you will enjoy this as much as I have! Wishing all of you a lovely weekend!

  23. Sounds really delicious. I can't resist a good curry recipe!

  24. I love the strong smell of lemongrass in curry! This is simply irresistible :-)

  25. Joy, thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with Cookbook Sundays! And thanks for spreading the new too. Cookbook Sunday is a fun hop, and thanks for joining in.

  26. I didn't know you could use coriander root - that is really interesting! Your chicken and lemon grass curry looks delicious, so warming and comforting. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  27. Hi Joy,
    I just love the delicate flavor of Lemon Grass. This Chicken and Lemon Grass Curry looks so delicious. The combination in this recipe is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  28. Me gusta mucho el curri,y el pollo tiene que estar delicioso un beso

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