Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

An other recipe to the list of 5 A Day the Color Way! after my Pav Bhajji recipe :)
The “5 A Day The Color Way” slogan reminds us to include a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables in the daily diet. Try to consume fruits and vegetables from the five color groups every day. The color groups are RED, ORANGE/YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE/PURPLE and WHITE. This item has a nice mild and rich taste which makes it a hit among the little guests at my place. The parents get happy as their kids are consuming a variety of vegetables as well :) This dish goes very well with coconut rice.


2 cans coconut milk

1/2 tsp. fenugreek

1 tsp. coriander seeds

1 tsp. black mustard seeds

1-2 green or red chillies

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. turmeric, dried, OR 1 thumb-size piece fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced

3 cloves garlic

1 thumb-size piece ginger, peeled and sliced

1 stalk lemongrass, sliced thinly

1/2 onion

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. dark soy sauce

1 cup fresh coriander

2 Tbsp. brown sugar or honey

juice of 1/2 lime

2-3 kaffir lime leaves, frozen or dried

2 cups baby bok choy, beans, chopped red, green, or yellow bell pepper, eggplant sliced

1 large carrot, sliced

1 cup broccoli

1 cup cauliflower

1 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped if the leaves are large (for garnish)

canola or other vegetable oil for stir-frying
- Place 1/2 can of the coconut milk plus all other sauce ingredients in a food processor. Process well.

- Add 2 Tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium to high heat. Add the curry paste and gently stir-fry for 1 minute, or until fragrant.

- Add the other 1/2 can of coconut milk and stir. Now add those vegetables that require the longest cooking time, such as the carrots and cauliflower. Stir well and bring to a simmering boil. Turn down heat to medium, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.

- Add the second can of coconut milk plus the bell pepper(s), japanese eggplant, and beans. Stir well and cover, allowing to cook for another 5 minutes.

- Lastly, add the broccoli and bok choy/Chinese cabbage. Stir well and cook for another 2 minutes, or until broccoli is bright green and cabbage has softened.

- Remove from heat. If the sauce is too bitter, add 1-2 Tbsp. more brown sugar, and/or 1 Tbsp more soy sauce

- Sprinkle with basil

This tastes very good with coconut rice. It has a good serving of all color vegetable as well!