Thai-Style Vegetable Curry

by on January 15, 2006
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Thai-Style Vegetable CurryWe 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 voilà: Thai-Style Vegetable Curry served with Red Brown Rice.

Thai-Style Vegetable Curry

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!”

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1 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 that zucchini makes a good substitute) and didn't have lemongrass so i went with lemon zest (again, 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.


2 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!


3 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.


4 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!!


5 Simona December 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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


6 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 :)


7 Karen January 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

This was delicious! I didn’t use a pressure cooker and my coconut sauce cooked down a lot by the time the sweet potatoes were cooked through. Next time I’ll cook the sweet potatoes separately, then add them. Also will be good with spinach.
Thanks for the super easy meal that my all of my kids ate!


8 Brenda February 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

How do you keep the coconut milk from curdling?


9 Marina March 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Hi Susan
I dont have lemongrass can i make without or there is anything that I can substitute?


10 Susan Voisin March 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Add 1/2 teaspoon of grated lemon peel near the end of cooking.


11 Jessica June 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I could only find a lemongrass paste in the refrigerated produce section, would the amount be the same for this recipe?


12 Laurel Wiirtanen October 12, 2013 at 8:26 am

If using lemongrass paste, would you use the same amount?


13 Susan Voisin October 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

I haven’t used it, but I assume the amounts would be the same.


14 VeganJ January 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

How could you adapt this recipe for an electric pressure cooker? I have a Fagor. Thanks!


15 Susan Voisin January 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I usually just add a couple of minutes to the cooking time with good results in my Fagor. Sometimes I have to go back and give it more time, but usually adding 2 minutes for every 8 of regular pressure cooker time works well.


16 Shalini February 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

If using fresh lemon grass, how much would you use and how? I’ve never cooked with lemon grass but I think I’ve read in other places that you smash the lemongrass and use it in the cooking process and then discard it. I have two stikcs of fresh lemongrass and want to make this tonight.

Thanks – I love ALL of your recipes that I have made.


17 Barbara September 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Found this because we bought some spices from a spice merchant on Cape Cod and Googled dried lemongrass since I never used it before. Don’t have a pressure cooker so cooked it all in a skillet. I used (for the 1st time) some coconut oil and sautéed the garlic and mushrooms. I blanched the broccoli stems, sweet potato and broccoli flowerets then added to the pan. Added the soy sauce, coconut and soy milks along with the spices and chickpeas and cooked it down until thick and creamy. Totally forgot the basil (and I love fresh basil) but didn’t miss it. Holy smokes! We couldn’t stop going back for seconds and thirds! I cannot wait to make this for my vegetarian/GF daughter. This was so good. Thanks every so much!!


18 Christie November 16, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I would like to make this dish but I have a lot of problems with my (homemade) soy milk curdling slightly when it boils. Have you had problems with this?


19 Susan Voisin November 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm

No, I haven’t had that problem but I don’t use homemade. That may make a difference.


20 Julie November 18, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Hi Susan,
I tried making this recipe tonight in my new Instant Pot. I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks. I’m not sure what I did wrong but I tried to do the quick release after the first 2 minutes of cooking and the pot started spewing sauce all over the kitchen through the vent. I closed the vent to try and contain the mess. It took 10 minutes before I could finally open the vent again and release the pressure. When I opened the pot, the soy milk (I didn’t use coconut) had coagulated and the sweet potatoes had completely disintegrated. I finished off the recipe by adding in the chickpeas and broccoli, but it didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to. It tasted okay but I was wondering if you have any ideas why this would have happened. The only substitution I made (other than soy milk) was lemon zest instead of lemongrass (couldn’t find any here). Any advice would be welcome. I really enjoy your site and make many of your recipes on a regular basis.


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