11 October 2011

Thai red curry fried rice

After a hectic month of travels and houseguests, it's nice to have a bit of quiet and some cozy times at home. Very appropriately, fall has arrived alongside, definitively chasing away the crazy warm weather we had here in Paris just a little over a week ago. I always get a bit excited initially at the onset of cooler weather, relishing being able to wear my fall boots and scarves and gushing over the return of figs, apples, pumpkins and squash to the markets. My joy never lasts too long though, because I'm a warm weather girl at heart. I guarantee you that soon enough, I'll be daydreaming of sunshine, beaches, tropical fruits and being able to wear sundresses and sandals.

Having fallen in love with Thailand during our visit there last December, I can guarantee you that the increasingly chilly weather here will have me fantasizing about a Thai escape sometime soon! It'll be just a matter of time indeed before I'm remembering the magnificent Buddhist temples, the throbbing Bangkok nightlife, the taste of som tam (green papaya salad) and spicy curries, the bliss of a nice Thai massage...

We often cook Thai food, and contrary to popular belief Thai or Thai-influenced dishes aren't particularly complicated to make. Fried rice, for example, is one such dish. All it takes is some cooked rice in your fridge, leftovers from the day before. There are a million types of fried rice that one can make (all the more reason to always cook some extra rice!), but this one gets a bit of Thai zing from some Thai red curry paste and kaffir lime leaves. I always have a stash of these leaves in our freezer (they keep frozen wonderfully well) and I definitely recommend using them to get that authentic Thai taste, but if it's too much hassle to find them feel free to omit...it'll still be delicious! I love this rice because it's really a complete meal with the rice, vegetables and eggs (vegans can substitute tofu). Add any veggies you want, try it with a different type of curry paste... the possibilities are endless!

Serves 2-4

1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
4-5 kaffir lime leaves (optional)
1 cup finely chopped vegetables of your choice (I used a mix of bell peppers)
1/4 cup roasted peanuts or cashews
3 cups cold cooked rice (ideally jasmine rice)
Chopped fresh basil or coriander and chives, for garnish
Lime slices, for garnish

1. In a small bowl, mix the curry paste, soy sauce and water to form a smooth sauce. Set aside.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or frying pan. Add the eggs and lightly scramble. Scrape the eggs out of the pan and set aside in a small bowl.

3. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil. Add the onions, garlic and optional kaffir lime leaves. Saute until the onions begin to turn translucent and then add your vegetables. Do a quick stir fry (just until the veggies are slightly cooked but not too much!) and then add in peanuts/cashews and the rice.

4. Stir fry a little more and then add in the sauce. Mix well and then add in the scrambled eggs. Warm through and then remove from heat.

5. Serve garnished with the basil or coriander, chives and lime slices on the side. The fresh lime juice squeezed in and mixed into the rice gives it a wonderful kick!

Want some more delicious Thai recipes and travel stories? Here you go!

Coconut kaffir lime ice cream
Learning to cook Thai in Phuket
Noodles with tofu and spicy peanut sauce
The Pizza Corner: A little Thai jewel on Koh Phi Phi
Thai pumpkin soup
Thailand: Food heaven!
Tom kha phak (Thai coconut vegetable soup)


  1. looks fantastic. you're photos are amazing. I want to go to Thailand so badly :)

  2. Not only do I love his dish but you haven given me another place I want to visit.

  3. Wow this looks fantastic, I love your pictures! :)

  4. This Looks so Delicious, Now I can make my own Thai Curry Fried Rice.. Thanks for sharing..

  5. This does look like a very easy, as well as extremely tasty fried rice recipe! Red curry paste is one of my favorite condiments, so this is definitely a keeper.

  6. This dish is so vibrant and delicious-looking!

  7. Two of my favorite things - fried rice and red curry - together in one place! I will definitely be trying this!

  8. LOVE cannot begin to describe my feelings for Thai food! This rice is making me want to make Thai food TONIGHT! :D

  9. Adore this dish - love all the aromas in there and that it can be made in a tick. Great photos - we spent our hols in Thailand this year, although seeing that tuk-tuk still makes me feel so silly. Long story but I could certainly go this rice dish and a Thai massage. Aha. Menu tonight... (massage included, non?)

  10. It sounds and looks so delicious! I am saving a recipe ;) Thanks

  11. This looks beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures! I would love to visit Thailand sometime.

  12. This sounds super delicious! Thanks for sharing! xx

  13. I always like a good fried rice and this looks delicious! Congrats on top 9!!

  14. Hey this is looking a lovely combo... ! I Love the subtle crunch of mixed veggies in the bowl of rice. I can imagine how gud the platter is to satiate ur hunger. Cheers, Sonia

  15. This is my kind of dish!! I make a lot of green and red curries..but for some reason, I had never thought of using the paste in fried rice - genious! I will be trying this someimte in the very near future :)

  16. This looks really good. In fact, I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight and i have ALL of these ingredients. I'll let you know how it turns out :)

  17. Yummmm! This looks like my kind of recipe!

  18. Great recipe, this looks delicious!