Easy & Cheap Thai Curry ($2.40/serving using chicken)

So, I want to make this “easy & cheap Thai curry” recipe I found on Reddit and I’m going to store the recipe here until then. If I ever get around to it, I’ll update this post on how it turned out.

Makes 8-10 servings:


  • 2 cans coconut milk (not reduced fat) – you can add more coconut milk and use reduced fat if you want to serve as straight soup.
  • Fish sauce, 1-2 tbsp (some people are freaked out by/are allergic to fish sauce, so you can substitute with soy sauce. Soy sauce will discolor the curry though).
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Soy sauce 3 tbsp
  • Sugar (white or brown both work) 1-2 tbsp
  • Garlic (6 cloves) chopped
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • Lime juice 2 tbsp (or a lime chopped, Kaffir if you want to splurge)
  • Curry paste (I prefer Mae Ploy green curry paste) 1-3 tbsp depending on how hot you want it. I do 2-3. You can start with one and add in more later with the vegetables if you don’t know your spice level.
  • Basil (handful or 1 tsp dried)
  • Ginger (a piece about 2 inches long, can use powdered 1 tbsp to sub)
  • finely chopped Cilantro (garnish)
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp for veggies, 1-2 for protein
  • A protein 1-2 lbs (I prefer to get the fattier dark meat (legs or thighs and skin them, but really any protein works. Pork and chicken will be cheapest.)
  • Vegetables/fruit/fungus you like (I cook with some combination of 3-4 of these… basically everything tastes better in curry): bell pepper (1), potatoes (4-6), bamboo shoots (1 small can), mushrooms (1/3 lb), Chinese/Japanese eggplant (1), carrots (2-3), baby corn (1 small can), 1 zucchini, 3 tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno/3 Thai chili peppers sliced – (optional, for more heat)


  1. Chop protein into bite size pieces. Season with salt, pepper, and soy sauce.
  2. Cook on stove in pan on medium with 1-2 tbsp of oil until cooked through (no pink/red) and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in ideally a deep stock/soup pot on medium heat. Add garlic, onions, ginger and carrots if you are using those. Cook until onions become transparent.
  4. Add curry paste, cook 1 minute while stirring.
  5. Add in coconut milk.
  6. Add in fish sauce, sugar, lime juice/lime, basil, all other vegetables, your protein, and pepper(s).
  7. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer (rolling boil, usually around 2-3/10) and cover. Cook for 25-45 minutes until protein and any hard vegetables are tender. Potatoes may take longer. I don’t normally need to, but go ahead and salt and pepper to taste if you need it.
  8. Garnish w/cilantro.

Additional hack:

I like to serve this with Jasmine rice cooked at a 2:3 rice to water ratio in a rice cooker or covered pot. However, use one half water and one half coconut milk for restaurant-style jasmine rice.

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/Cheap_Meals/comments/1aovbp/easy_cheap_thai_curry_240serving_using_chicken/