Thai Yellow Curry and a Cucumber Dipping Sauce


I love fresh homegrown cucumbers – sadly we have just eaten the last …. sob. I grow the small, lunch box ones that you comonly find in Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cookery. They are packed with flavour. And as they are a nice size you don’t tend to waste much.

I often order this dish at my local Thai restaurant – it’s mild and creamy. I don’t have an exact recipe, so made one up that was full of distinctive Thai flavours. One book I reference when in doubt is David Thompson’s Thai Food, a real tome of all that is Thai cookery, lots of ideas and background to Thai cookery.


Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

Thai yellow Curry Paste ~

  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass, with the ends trimmed, and chopped into chunks
  • 2 lime leaves
  • 1 small piece of galangal (or ginger), peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 green chillies, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion peeled and roughly chopped (or 4 shallots)
  • water – approx 1 tbls
  • 1 tbls of fish sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp of Turmeric

Curry ~

  • 1 Courgette, sliced into 1/2 rounds
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 6 spring onions, topped and tailed and sliced lengthways into halves or quarters
  • And any other vegetables you fancy adding like green beans, potatoes, winter squash
  • Fried tofu or prawns – this is optional but I like to add some protein into my meals
  • 1/2 can of Coconut milk

Making the curry ~

  • Place all the paste ingredients, EXCEPT the turmeric into a blender and whizz until all the ingredients are blended and form a rough paste
  • Place the paste into a large saucepan or wok, add the turmeric and fry gently for 2 minutes
  • Add the coconut milk, and stir well
  • Add the courgette and peppers, stir and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes
  • Add the tofu or prawns,  and continue to cook on a low heat for another 3 minutes, or until the prawns are warmed through
  • If the sauce is too thick add a little cold water, to thin it.
  • Serve with plain rice and the dipping sauce spooned over the curry.

Cucumber Dipping Sauce

Ingredients ~

  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, halved lengthways and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbls rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbls of sugar

Method ~

  • Put the rice wine vinegar and sugar in a small pan on a low heat. Gently warm it through until all the sugar is dissolved
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool
  • In a small serving bowl add the liquid and the cucumber


Gardening Notes ~

July – Cucumber Wall

I grew Iznik and Cucino. Both are delicious and good croppers, but do need full sun. They will both be on my grow list next year. The best tip I ever picked up about cucumbers was that when planted out, pinch out all the flower buds until they reach a decent height – approx 12 to 18 inches high. Apparently this encourages good strong growth as the plant isn’t putting all it’s energies into producing the fruit. Try it, it works a treat!


  • Curry & cucumbers – this sounds splendid! My husband and I are actually embarking on an Asian sabbatical in the coming weeks (and Thailand is on the list) so it’ll have to be a recipe that I file away for a few months… Happy that we stumbled upon each other’s sites though – I love your emphasis on growing your own goodies!

    • Hi tricia, and thanks for stopping by. I’m now soooo jealous that you are heading east, I hope yo have a wonderful time, maybe you will get to eat a yellow curry while you are there. I’ll look forward to reading your posts 🙂

  • Mmmmm…. I need to try your recipe.. Sounds tasty, and now I know how to make Yellow Curry Paste, thanks to your blog.. I am just starting to grow food plants too.. You have given me inspiration to keep going!

      • Yes! I have now found myself loving having the plants that I have… I want more plants currently, but I only have limited space, as my garden, is well,CONCRETE… Everything has to grow in plant pots…I am trying to sow some Turnip seeds at the moment and I am looking into organic insecticides…Any ideas please?

        • I used to grow lots in pots – like courgettes, and I still do a few things like tomatoes, salads and herbs. I know with pots you need to feed the plants extra as the compost they are in leaches over time and the nutrients are used up so I’d suggest getting a multi purpose liquid feed for established plants.
          Insecticides and organic, hmmm – I’m not very knowledgeable on this subject, I know a few readers on this blog who are much more knowledgeable than I am. I guess it depends on what bugs you are dealing with – is it aphids, or blackfly or what. I know some people use a garlic spray for aphids, I havenn’t tried this though as I don’t tend to use anything. I do net some things as pigeons like to eat my greens, and any young shoots like peas.
          I also try and do companion planting – and use flowers and herbs like marigolds and nasturtiums to draw the nasty bugs away from my precious plants, and herbs – escpecially strong scented ones are good for various crops. Maybe I should do a post on this subject! And thanks for popping in again, lets hope our gardening year is a great one!

          • I have looked at sooo many things… I reckoned that you may have had some more knowledge, as you seem to be quite a prolific Gardener.. I have heard of Garlic, Onion Peel and even Nicotine!! Oh well, trial and error! Have you ever grown strawberry plants before??

          • Ah yes I’ve heard of Nicotine as well, not sure I’d want to try that! I was chatting with a friend and was reminded that we both use a few drops of washing up liquid in water to spray on aphids. But only a tiny drop in water, otherwise it will burn the plants. She’s also been experimenting with a mixture of garlic and washing up liquid and seems to be doing ok with it. Hope this helps.
            and yes to Strawberries – lovely plants and very easy to grow in containers too! Watch out though as slugs and birds like them as well!

          • Hello again…Thanks again…I think that I may try the Chilli dust, and garlic and soap sprays for my plants once they start growing properly. My strawberry plant is growing, but the stems are a little brown at the moment…I am watering it with small amounts of water every few days… What might be causing it?

          • My strawbery plants often have brown tinges on them, and some dead leaves, I just leave them to it! Maybe an all-purpose feed might do them some good if they are in pots

  • Thanks, I have already fed the plant with feed sometime last week…. I suppose I need to feed them some more then…Strawberries seem to be high maintenance!

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