Veg Friendly Green Curry (+ Paste)

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Green Curry is one of my favourite dishes, probably because I lived in South East Asian when I was very little and this was something we ate often. It is now one of my go-to comfort foods (no chicken noodle soup for me!) Green Curry Paste typically has shrimp paste in it, which made the pre-packaged version a no go when we adopted a plant based diet several years ago. I found an incredible green curry paste recipe in Buddha's Table, by Chat Mingkwan, and I used that recipe as my "base" (along with Meghan Telpner's lovely Green Curry recipe from Undiet) while experimenting to come up with this one. Why mess with perfection you might ask? I have fallen in love with burdock and turmeric and was curious to see if I could find a way to incorporate them into this recipe. I also love to experiment in the kitchen and was curious to see if I could come up with an authentic take on a long time favourite. I was pretty thrilled with how this turned out! All specialty ingredients can be found in Asian specialty stores ( Fisgard Market in Chinatown or Fairway Market in Quadra Village if you happen to be in Victoria, BC!)

Veg Friendly Green Curry Paste

Ingredients

3 jalapeños

6 cloves garlic

2" piece organic ginger

1 stalk lemongrass

Hansful cilantro (including stalks)

2" piece turmeric

1 tsp sea salt

1 small onion

10 keffir lime leaves

1 Tbsp ground coriander

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp schezuan (or regular) peppercorns

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

4" piece of burdock, peeled and chopped

1/4 c Water as needed

Directions

Combine all paste ingredients in a small blender (I used a Nutribullet) or a food processor and process until smooth.

This recipe calls for 1/2 a batch, you can freeze the other half in a mason jar for later use (making sure to leave a bit of space for expansion when the paste freezes!)

Veg Friendly Green Curry

Ingredients

Coconut oil (2 tbsp)1 leek, thinly sliced

2 cups sliced Shiitake mushrooms

1 medium daikon, peeled and sliced thinly

3/4 cup green curry paste (recipe to follow)

2 cans coconut milk

2 Tbsp sea veg mix

1 tbsp Harmonic Arts 5 Mushroom Blend

1 zucchini thinly sliced

1 small can bamboo shoots, drained

1 bunch green beans, sliced in 1" pieces

2 cups protein of choice (I used tofu, but tempeh, beans or a meat based option would also work)

Small handful kale

1/2 lemon, juiced

Small handful basil (Thai, if available)

1 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp honey

2 cups brown basmati

Directions

Sauté leeks, mushrooms and daikon in coconut oil until soft.

Add green curry paste and stir to incorporate.

Add coconut milk, sea veg blend, 14 mushroom blend, vitamineral earth, zucchini, bamboo shoots, green beans and tofu. Stir to combine, cover with a lid and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Add kale and cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, basil, tamari and honey and serve.