Thai-Style Vegetable Curry

by SusanV on January 15, 2006
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We had a wonderful meal last night, and I found the recipe purely by accident. We hadn’t gone to the store in days, so our selection of produce was running low. Basically, all we had in the fridge was broccoli. I also had a partial can of coconut milk I wanted to use up (from when I made the Coconut Basmati Rice) and a pumpkin that has been sitting on my counter forever.

It was getting late and I was wondering if I could cook the pumpkin quickly in the pressure cooker, and as I was paging through Lorna Sass’ Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure, I saw this recipe. It uses coconut milk and broccoli, and I thought briefly about subbing pumpkin for the sweet potatoes, but as fortune would have it, I had a couple of sweet potatoes in the pantry. I replaced the green beans the recipe called for with chickpeas, and voil√†: Thai-Style Vegetable Curry served with Red Brown Rice.

Thai-Style Vegetable Curry

Thai-Style Vegetable Curry served with Red Brown Rice.

1 large bunch broccoli
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup lite coconut milk plus 1 cup soymilk (see note)
2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons finely ground dried lemongrass (use fresh if you have it)
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves (omit if using fresh basil at the end)
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Generous pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, halved or quartered
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)
10 large fresh basil leaves, snipped (optional)

Note about the coconut milk: The original recipe called for 2 cups, but I wouldn’t use that much even if I had it. I cut the fat by using the coconut milk I had, about 1 cup, and filling out the rest with soymilk, water, and a splash of coconut extract. You can make this recipe much less high in fat by omitting the coconut milk completely and using only soy milk and coconut extract.

Cut the florets from the broccoli stalks and cut each floret so that the top measures about 1 inch across. Peel off the thick outer skin of the stalks and cut the stalks into 1/2-inch dice. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of water in the pressure cooker. Cook the garlic over medium- high heat, stirring constantly, for about a minute. Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, lemongrass, dried basil, spices, red pepper flakes, reserved broccoli stalks, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms.
Lock the lid in place. Over high heat, bring to high pressure. Lower the heat just enough to maintain high pressure and cook for 2 minutes.

Reduce the pressure with a quick release method. Remove the lid, tilting it away from you to allow any excess steam to escape.

Stir in the broccoli florets and chickpeas. Replace (but do not lock) the lid and cook over medium heat until broccoli is tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the fresh basil (if using) just before serving.

I served it over red brown rice, which I found in an Asian supermarket. You can serve it over any grain you want, or just eat it out of a soup bowl. The potatoes break down slightly and form a delicious sauce with the coconut milk.

We all three loved this dish. And it was quick, too. As my husband said, “Definitely a keeper!”

Serves 6-8

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (11.8 ounces).

Ingredient analysis uses 1 cup of Thai Kitchen lite coconut milk and 1 cup of regular soymilk. Nutrient amounts will vary if different brands or ingredients are used.

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Samantha P February 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm

i didn't have mushrooms but i wanted to get rid of the sad head of broccoli that was sitting in my fridge, and i just bought some coconut extract so i had no choice but to make it. So glad i did! every bite had me mmmmm-ing. I added a bit more of the spices and some lemon juice, and A LOT of crushed red peppers. Oh yeah! and i served it on top of barley (which has become my new brown rice, it's AWESOME!) and with a dollop of yogurt because i'm a yogurt junkie and i think it makes everything taste more awesome (which it did)

So instead of the shrooms i used zucchini and yellow squash (i read on foodsubs.com that zucchini makes a good substitute) and didn't have lemongrass so i went with lemon zest (again, foodsubs.com) and instead of coconut milk just soymilk with the extract (that one's from you.) And i don't have a pressure cooker so i just cooked the vegetables and then added the soymilk until it thickened up a bit. Wheeew! haha, i can never seem to have all the ingredients, oh well!

With all that, it was still super yummy! And if i were one to make a recipe more than once it would definitely go in my recipe box (if i had a recipe box, i just have a book that i write them all down in.)

Oh Susuan, you will always keep me coming back for more, you're like some kind of really healthy drug that i need to go to rehab for.

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Alesia February 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm

This recipe looks delicious and I would love to try it; would I be able to just cook it in a regular pot since I don't have a pressure cooker? Thanks!

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SusanV February 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Alesia, you can cook it in a regular pot. Just allow enough time for the sweet potatoes to get done.

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Angie August 30, 2010 at 11:48 pm

MMMM this was delicious. I made mine using red potato rather than sweet because my grocery store did not have any :-( I also think I might have put in too many, I ended up with less sauce than your image shows. However, it still turned out very well and the taste was WOW! I will most definitely make this again, but maybe make more sauce to compensate. I also added about 1 tsp of madras curry powder to mine for a little extra cause I love curry so much. MMMM thank you for this recipe!!

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Simona December 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I used broccoli and cabbage and it was delicious. Your husband is right :)

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Laura January 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I’ve tried it three times and loved it every time. I didn’t have lemongrass or cardamom… but I think it tasted good anyways :)

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