Thai Curry Root Vegetable Stew with Jasmine Rice


Patrick Clark, Sutro’s at the Cliff House

Serves 8 to 10


Thai curry
10 dried Thai chilies
5 stalks lemon grass
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon galangal or young ginger
½ bunch cilantro, stems and leaves
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped
1 tsp shrimp paste (optional)
1 tsp tumeric
6 14-ounce cans coconut milk

Root vegetables
5 carrots, large dice
2 celery root, large dice
4 parsnips, large dice
4 gold beets, large dice
2 red onions, large dice
1 bunch Thai basil
10 makrut lime leaves
2 pounds jasmine rice


For the Thai curry

Combine all ingredients into a mortar and use the pestle to mash until a thick paste forms. This will take about 20 – 30 minutes to complete.


For the root vegetables

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the root vegetables until done. Drain the vegetables and place into a large bowl with ice water to stop them from cooking further.
  2. Using a large sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the Thai curry paste. Cooking the paste first enhances the flavors of the curry ingredients. Add all the coconut milk and let simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetables and makrut lime leaves to the curry mixture; continue to simmer until the vegetables are thoroughly reheated.


To plate

  1. Cook the jasmine rice according to the directions found on the packaging.
  2. Plate a large spoonful of jasmine rice first and then top with a large spoonful of the Thai curry root vegetable stew.




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