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Indonesian Vegetable Curry
Member Name: meah
Date: 11/12/01, updated on 11/12/01 (1714 review reads)
Advantages: Quick and simple to make
Disadvantages: Have to cook it yourself
I was first introduced to Indonesian style vegetable curry by my brother-in-law, he used to be a sailor when he was younger and collected, or adapted, quite a few recipes from around the world during his travels. The curry is fairly simple to make and is suitable for vegetarians.
To make enough vegetable curry for four people you will need:
Two medium potatoes
One small eggplant
One hundred and fifty grams of sugar peas
One medium Chinese cabbage
Two tablespoons of peanut oil
Two cloves of garlic
Two teaspoons grated fresh ginger
Two teaspoons of curry powder
One teaspoon lemon juice
Rind of half a lemon, grated
Half a teaspoon of shrimp paste (optional)
One-cup coconut milk
First of all peel and chop the potatoes and eggplant into cubes of about one to two centimetres in size, slice the sugar peas into strips about two centimetres long, shred the cabbage, thinly slice the carrot and cut the onion into fairly large pieces.
Heat the peanut oil and then add the onion and stir-fry for about two minutes then add the ginger, garlic and curry powder and continue to stir-fry for about another two minutes.
Add the lemon rind, lemon juice, shrimp paste (for those vegetarians who eat fish, but this can be left out), water and coconut milk and bring the mixture to the boil.
Put in the potatoes and eggplant cubes and simmer for about fifteen minutes.
Add the sugar peas, cabbage and carrot and simmer until all the vegetables are tender, this should take about another five minutes.
It takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to prepare the vegetables and other ingredients for this curry and about twenty to twenty-five minutes to cook the meal.
I have given a list of the vegetables that I use to make this curry but I am told by my brother-in-law that any vegetables are suitable as long as you choose a variety of differ
ent coloured vegetables.
I have never had any problem finding the ingredients I need to make Indonesian style vegetable curry; most of the larger supermarkets like Asda or Morrison sell them.
This makes a really nice, fairly quick meal served with a plain naan bread and a glass of lager or three. Give it a try.