I adore Thai food, but don’t really prepare it at home due to the amount of preparation and different ingredients required. But the Thermomix does cut a lot of the prep time out with all the chopping it can do, and when I discovered some leftover lemongrass and chilli in the crisper from when my mother was in town and cooking up a storm, I started searching for some ideas and settled on larb gai (a Thai salad made with chicken mince). My version is a few steps short of an authentic larb gai, I skipped the roasted rice and forgot to buy mint leaves. But it’s a pretty yummy, healthy and easy meal all the same! The recipe yields enough for two people if this is all you’re having, or can serve four if you have other dishes as well.
Handful of coriander (leaves and shoots is fine. I’ve also included what to do if you decide to buy a whole bunch and don’t want to waste all the herbs)
2tbsp fish sauce
1tbsp sugar (I used raw sugar)
1 lime, juiced and zested
1 inch lemongrass (white section. Chop up the rest of your lemongrass into pieces and freeze for later use)
1 red chilli (type depends on how much heat you can take. Use 1-2 birds eye chillies if you can hack it!)
1/2 a medium red onion
20g peanut oil
500g chicken mince (I bought mine ready made to cut down on time, but of course you can make your own mince in the TMX if you prefer)
Iceberg or cos lettuce to serve
– Pop your coriander in the TMX bowl, add a splash of water and pulse a couple of times on turbo. Take out the extra coriander and freeze in single serve portions for later use. Leave about 2-3 tbsp in the bowl (I guesstimated).
– Add your fish sauce, sugar and lime juice to the bowl, and mix for 15 secs/speed 1. Set aside.
– Add the chilli and onion into the bowl, and chop for 2 secs/speed 7. Note: I would definitely recommend including the chilli here, but because the husband can’t take the spiciness, I added chopped fresh chilli at the end.
– Add your mince in and cook for a further 10 mins/Varoma/reverse/speed soft. I stopped the Thermomix halfway to give the chicken a good stir and make sure it was incorporated with the other ingredients.
– Check that the mince is cooked through, then pour into your Thermoserver. Pour your fish sauce dressing and stir to combine. You could also do this in the TMX itself, but I reckon you waste a bit of the dressing that way. Cover the Thermoserver to keep the dish warm. As you can see, I added my fresh chilli on one side!
– Don’t worry about washing your bowl. Add rice to your steamer basket, following these instructions to cook.
– Serve rice, mince plus lettuce, and enjoy!
Some other all-in-one Varoma recipes I’ve tried: