Vietnamese Potato and Green Bean Curry

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on May 12, 2014

vietnamese potato green bean curry  There is a little Vietnamese place near where I live called Lela’s Bistro. It is the coziest little space with the most amazing food. (But then I live in Portland, and there is cozy and tasty all around me!) Anyways, Lela’s bistro is special. I love their wood paneled interior, and their delicious vegetarian vietnamese curry. I often go to Lela’s, pick a cozy nook, and tuck into a big, steaming bowl of their aromatic curry. I’ve tried to recreate this Vietnamese vegetarian curry at home, using Vietnamese curry powder, potatoes and green beans. Feel free to change the vegetables and use broccoli, zucchini, sweet potato etc. Some fried tofu will also be very nice in this curry.
vietnamese potato green bean curry

lemon grass, vietnamese curry powder, potato, green beans for curry This curry is very easy to make. The curry powder and the lemongrass do the work for you, really. They make the curry wonderfully aromatic and tasty. A lot of Vietnamese curries have finely minced lemongrass in them. Sometimes lemongrass can be fibrous, so I prefer to leave it whole in the curry, and then fish it out before serving. Just make sure you give the lemongrass stalk a good smash, to break it open and release all its flavors.
vietnamese curry powder  Vietnamese curry powder is easily available at Asian markets. Fubonn, the Asian store I frequent, has several brands of Vietnamese curry powder, and I’m spoiled for choice! Pick a Vietnamese “Madras” curry powder (Ca Ri Ni An Do) and you can’t go wrong.

You can also order Vietnamese curry powder online.
vietnamese potato green bean curry

Vietnamese Potato and Green Bean Curry

Serves about 4

Ingredients
2 tablespoons oil
1 small onion, diced
1 lemon grass stalk
2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon Vietnamese curry powder (Ca Ri Ni An Do or Madras Curry Powder). Available at Asian markets or online.
12 oz yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
5 oz green beans (about 1 heaping cup when chopped). Substitute with 1 heaping cup of broccoli florets
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar, optional
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish

Method
1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and cook on medium heat till slightly browned. While the onion is cooking, prepare the lemongrass – slice off the top and bottom of the lemongrass stalk, cut it into 2 pieces, and using a mallet, smash the two lemongrass sticks in order to release flavor. Set aside.
2. When the onion is golden brown, add the garlic and stir for about 1 minute.
3. Add the smashed lemongrass and curry powder and stir for 30 seconds.
4. Throw in the chopped potatoes, salt, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer covered till the potatoes are cooked but still holding their shape.
5. Now add the beans or broccoli, coconut milk and sugar. Cook on medium heat till the beans/broccoli are tender. If the curry is too thick, add up to 1 cup water.
7. Fish out and discard the lemongrass pieces before serving.
6. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with rice, noodles or baguette.

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1 Rosa May 12, 2014 at 11:43 am

Mouthwatering. Tasty, exotic and wholesome. A great meal.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 sathya May 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

They look so creamy and so so good looking ..Fantastic to have with rice ,isnt it ?

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3 kum May 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Vietnamese potato and green beans curry looks so divine! I’m so happy it’s vegan, and I will try it sometime…

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4 Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) May 15, 2014 at 5:18 am

Just letting you know I’ve featured your “Vietnamese Potato and Green Bean Curry” recipe on my blog. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!

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5 Karlene May 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Looks yummy, defiinitely going to try this one

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