Thai Curried Vegetables With Adzuki Beans

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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2 teaspoons vegetable oil -- or more as needed
1 cup chayote squash -- julienne
1 medium red bell pepper -- julienne
1 cup bok choy -- with leaves, chopped
1 small Asian -- (Thai) eggplant, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger -- or more
1 clove garlic minced
1 tablespoon curry sauce -- such as Thai red curry sauce
1/2 cup adzuki beans -- cooked, drained
1 cup coconut milk -- light, canned
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice -- (half a lime) (or small red chile beans)
1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves -- or more
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper -- to taste
1 teaspoon coconut extract -- optional
3 cups hot cooked rice (jasmine or brown or blend)

Preparation / Directions:

Prep - Have everything cut and measured; ready to go into the wok. Cut bell pepper and chayote squash into 'matchsticks. Roughly chop (1-inch pieces) the bok choy. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Thinly slice the eggplant; or if using globe, slice to square-up the eggplant (an end-cut and 4 side cuts). Cut the remainder into thin wafers. Measure and mix the curry powder into a paste as instructed on envelop. Heat the wok, add the oil and swirl to coat pan. Fry the chayote quash and bell pepper: about 4 minutes. Add bok choy and eggplant; fry about 2 minutes. (Add a little more oil only if needed.) - - Add mushrooms and ginger, and garlic, if using. Cook about 1 minute. Add the Curry paste and warm through (less than 1 minute. Add coconut milk, soy, lime juice and coriander leaves. Stir just to warm and combine but not to blend flavors (See notes). Taste: adjust flavors with pepper and option coconut extract (1/8 tsp.). Serve at once with hot cooked rice, optional soy and hot sauce (such as Sriracha). Yield: 4 servings Cook's Notes: As described by Jay Solomon: "This dish engulfs your palate with rolling aromatic flavors accented with occasional lightning flashes of heat." In order to maintain crispness and unique flavors (surprises!), halve the cooking time used in Jay's recipe. Acknowledgement: Lean Bean Cuisine (1995) Jay Solomon ISBN 1-55958-438

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