Thai Red Curry with Rice

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This curry is warm and fragrant thanks to the flavors of coconut, ginger and brown sugar. You'll get your veggie fix from carrots and kale!

Time 40 mins
Servings 4
Difficulty Easy





  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • 1 cup White rice, long grain
  • ½ tsp Salt


  • 1 tbsp Olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 onion Yellow onion, chopped
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tbsp Ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 peppers Red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup Carrots, peeled, sliced into .65 cm / ¼” thick rounds
  • 2 tbsp Thai curry paste, red
  • 1 ½ cups Coconut milk
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 ½ cups Kale, preferably Tuscan, ribs removed, sliced
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar


  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Lime juice
  • for garnish Cilantro, chopped


  • In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in rice and salt and return to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid, about 16 to 18 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let steam, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and salt and cook until onion turns translucent, about 4 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add red bell pepper and carrots. Cook until fork-tender, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in Thai curry paste and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, water, kale, brown sugar, and combine. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until peppers, carrots and kale have softened, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and season with soy sauce and lime juice.
  • Using a fork, fluff the rice. Divide rice and curry evenly among 4 bowls. Garnish with cilantro.


  • Jasmine or brown rice can be used instead
  • You can substitute rice vinegar with lime juice 
  • Any color of bell peppers can be used 
  • You can usually find Thai curry paste in the Asian section of the grocery store