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Veggie Curry for Dummies - Recipe

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by Debbie Lustig (subscribe)
My work has been published in The Age, The Herald-Sun, The Australian, The Big Issue, Australian Birdlife, The Bark (USA), Eureka Street, Overland and The Australian Jewish News.
Published July 19th 2012
If you're stuck with cooking for a vegetarian, or even worse, a vegan, take heart. Here's a recipe that takes about as long as opening a couple of packets. And let's face it, we're all dummies at whipping up something nutritious now and then.

Dinner in less than 30 minutes
The secret is in the shopping. For four, buy a 400-gram packet of pre-cut vegetables. These can be found in the supermarket fresh produce department.

They come in a couple of varieties including Asian, Stir-Fry or chopped for soup. My favourite has batons of carrots, small florets of broccoli, Chinese cabbage and so on.

Next, you'll need a jar of curry paste. This can be any type. We're not after authenticity, so try Thai red curry paste or a laksa paste. I've had good results with Tandoori paste but don't tell that to a real chef.

Lastly, you'll need coconut milk. This is essential.

Before cooking
Fill a large saucepan about half full of water and heat. When hot, add a big dollop of the curry paste and stir. Add vegetables and more water if needed to cover.

Turn down heat and simmer til cooked. Add coconut milk and heat. That's it. Dinner's made.

Serve with rice, noodles or flat bread.

Just to recap: Heat the water.
Add the curry paste.
Throw in the veggies.
Add coconut milk.
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Why? Vegetarian, too easy.
When: Dinnertime.
Where: Kitchens all over the world.
Cost: $1 or less per serve.
Your Comment
That does look easy. My only comment is, if you are cooking for a vegan or vegetarian make sure the curry paste you use is also vegan/vegetarian. :)
by jmund (score: 1|22) 3340 days ago
I think Thai red curry paste has shrimp paste as one of the ingredients. I'm trying to eat meat less and I'm not a vegan so I'll definitely try this recipe. Thanks. :D
by Manaswinee Meesawan (score: 2|116) 3251 days ago
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