Burmese Chicken Curry

How to make Burmese Chicken Curry.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 3/4 teaspoon butter, or as needed
  • 5-1/4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon hot curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground red chilli pepper
  • 1-3/4 pounds chicken thighs
  • 5/8 lemongrass, smashed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6-3/4 bird’s eye chilli peppers, chopped, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1-1/4 kaffir lime leaves, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • water to cover
  • 5/8 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 2-3/4 tomatoes, quartered
  • 3/8 small bunch fresh cilantro, chopped, or to taste

Method:

  1. Melt butter in a wok over medium heat.
  2. Add shallots and fry until golden, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove shallots and set aside.
  4. Add curry paste to the wok and toast until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in curry powder and ground chilli.
  6. Add chicken and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in lemongrass, chilli peppers, coriander, and lime leaves.
  8. Pour in fish sauce and enough water to cover chicken.
  9. Add coconut milk; cook for 10 minutes.
  10. Toss in tomatoes and cook until starting to soften, about 10 minutes more.
  11. Reduce heat to low and simmer until flavors blend, 2 to 3 hours.
  12. Remove lemongrass and lime leaves.
  13. Garnish curry with the fried shallots and cilantro.
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