Preparation / Directions:
* (dried kaffir lime leaves are fine; these are available in packages on the bottom -- usually dusty -- shelf of the Asian market; they look like dried, curled-up leaves)
You can add other things (holy basil, fish sauce, chopped hot Thai chiles, lemon grass, galangal, shrimp paste, etc.).
Fry curry paste in oil in saucepan until fragrant. Add chicken (if using) and sauté for about 1 minute over medium high heat. Add remaining ingredients except basil leaves or red bell pepper. Bring just barely to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes. Just before serving, stir in basil leaves or red bell pepper. Serve with cooked Thai Jasmine rice.