Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan, frying pan or wok. Stir-fry the chicken and peppers for 1 minute until cooked through, with no pink showing. Pour over the coconut milk and add the 250ml of water, curry paste, lime leaves, fish sauce and caster sugar. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
Add the mangetout and return to a simmer. Mix the cornflour with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cold water and stir into the pan. Cook for another 2–3 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the spiced coconut milk has thickened, stirring frequently. Serve the curry in deep bowls, scattered with fresh coriander or basil if using. By the way – don’t eat the lime leaves.
Serve this curry with jasmine rice or basmati rice. Aim to cook no more than 50g per person, so 200g in all. Press the freshly boiled rice into a 200ml metal pudding basin or dariole mould that you’ve oiled lightly and lined with cling film, then turn out into the bowls before adding the hot curry. You only need 1 basin or mould as you can reuse it for all the servings.
This recipe is taken from The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight by Dave Myers and Si King, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
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