Always In The Mood For Thai!

One of my favorite foods to eat is Thai Curry.  Truthfully, Thai food is among my top 3 favorite types of foods to eat. When I’m not visiting my favorite Thai restaurant here in Santa Barbara, I make the following recipe at home.  This is not an original recipe, but one I discovered in the New York Times Dining & Wine Section last year, and it’s fabulous! The article is interesting too.  Sometimes, you’ve just got to share other people’s wonderful discoveries!

VEGAN THAI CURRY VEGETABLES

By ELAINE LOUIE

Drew Spangler Faulkner, a 54-year-old cooking teacher at L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, Md., makes a Thai green curry that is a kind of Asian comfort food.

The sauce, made creamy with coconut milk, and gently spicy with the curry paste, is flavorful yet soothing. The vegetables, which are simply dropped into the sauce, and gently simmered for about 12 minutes, turn out tender, not soggy. The vegetables blend slightly, but when you bite into the eggplant, or the sweet red pepper, the vegetable — and its identity — are intact. As Ms. Faulkner has conceived this popular dish, it is startlingly simple.

It is a recipe that she distilled after traveling in Thailand in the late ‘80s, and also working with Thai chefs at the CIA Greystone campus in St. Helena, Calif, in the mid ’90s. She makes her own green curry paste, but the recipe calls for any one of three store bought pastes. Although some green curry pastes contain fish or shrimp paste, she has found three which do not: Thai Taste, Maesri, and Thai Kitchen.

INGREDIENTS

  • One 13.5-ounce can coconut milk (do not shake can)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons palm sugar or brown sugar (Stevia or Agave works well too)
  • 6 tablespoons Thai green curry paste, like Thai Taste, Maesri, and Thai Kitchen, none of which have shrimp or fish paste
  • 1/2 cup diced (1/2 inch) onion
  • 2/3 cup diced (1/2 inch) red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup diced (1/2 inch) zucchini or other summer squash
  • 2/3 cup diced (1/2 inch) peeled sweet potato
  • 2/3 cup sliced bamboo shoots, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2 inch lengths
  • 2/3 cup diced (1/2 inch) Asian eggplant
  • 1 lime
  • 8 large basil leaves, cut into thin chiffonade
Method
  • 1. Open the can of coconut milk without shaking it. Spoon 6 tablespoons of the coconut cream from the top of the can into a medium saucepan. Pour remaining contents of can into a medium bowl, and mix well. In a medium bowl, combine vegetable stock, soy sauce, and palm or brown sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • 2. Place saucepan of coconut cream over medium-high heat until it begins to bubble. Add curry paste and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir constantly until very fragrant, about 3 minutes; adjust heat as needed to prevent burning. Add onion, red pepper, zucchini, sweet potato, bamboo shoots, green beans, and eggplant. Stir until vegetables are hot, 2-3 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, bring the mixture to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • 3. Add the soy sauce mixture and a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice to taste; you may use the juice of an entire lime. Stir and mix well. Add up to 1/4 cup water if the curry seems too thick.
  • 4. To serve, place the curry in a warm serving bowl and garnish with the basil chiffonade. If desired, serve over jasmine rice.

Yield 4 servings

Time 1 hour

Enjoy!  I always do!

Brittany resides in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, and may be contacted for events, private parties, weddings, cooking classes, and craft and catering services via her website: 

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