Quick and Easy Thai Curry – on a budget!

Summer is here. MAYBE.

I love rice, and curries run in my blood. I was craving something simple and spicy that wouldn’t break the bank and I remembered that I knew how to make thai curry!

Just look at this. Doesn’t it feels wholesome and loving?

Here’s the recipe!

Estimated Cost: $12 (Lasted me for 4 meals)

Thai Curry looks great, doesn't it?
Thai Curry looks great, doesn’t it?

Quick and Easy Thai Curry – on a budget!


  • 4 pieces Chicken thighs
  • ½ Cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 13.5-Ounce Can Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Stalks Lemongrass
  • 1 1-Inch Piece Ginger
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 tsp Paprika (optional)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Scallion/Small Onion
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Curry Paste
  • 2 Teaspoons Coconut Palm Sugar/ Brown Sugar
  • Salt to taste.


  1. Set the rice to cook - 1 part rice requires 2 parts water.
  2. Roast the ginger, garlic, scallions and peppers in a bit of oil on medium heat.
  3. Don't let it burn!
  4. Add the curry paste and toast that a little as well.
  5. Add the brown sugar - let it caramelise.
  6. Now add the chicken and turn up the heat for a minute or two.
  7. Add the coconut milk and about half a can of plain water.
  8. Let this simmer and cook the chicken further.
  9. Now add a little bit of paprika if you like the heat.
  10. I add salt by taste, since this recipe has limes.
  11. Cover and cook until the curry thickens a little and the chicken is cooked.
  12. Garnish with a heavy hand of cilantro and serve over a bed of rice!
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I got everything from TraderJoe’s for like super cheap! Try it out!

Bon Apetit!

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