Thai red chicken curry with butternut squash is a classic and a great favourite of mine. The colouring effect of the squash results in a curry that is orange rather than red; however it is still very definitely a Thai red curry. And if that sounds confusing, what you have to know is that in Thai when we refer to a red or green curry we are talking about the colour of the chilies we use to make the curry paste, not the colour of the finished curry. You can chop and change the ratio of chicken to squash in the recipe as you wish, or even omit the chicken altogether if you prefer.
To my way of thinking there is a lot of Malay influence in this paste with the various spices, it’s also one of the very few dishes in Thailand that we cook with potatoes. One thing I can tell you is that I’ve made this paste from the traditional recipe and that it is one of the most time consuming and complex pastes to make so please treat it with respect 🙂 By that I mean please don’t use one of those dreadful “reduced fat” coconut milks, it just won’t work, the additives they put in that stuff to keep it together also break down in cooking and you’ll end up with a not very nice tasting soup!