Khmer-Style Cambodian Yellow Curry

Khmer-Style Cambodian Yellow Curry

It’s difficult not to fall in love with Cambodia. We spent our days exploring atmospheric, jungle-encased temples, making friends with warm and welcoming locals, searching for elusive dolphins and sampling delicious and fragrant food. My favourite dishes include their yellow curry, rich with turmeric root and fragrant lemongrass, and flavourful summer rolls stuffed with crunchy vegetables and fresh basil, mint and coriander. Serve this delicious yellow curry with fragrant jasmine rice.

  1. 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  2. 120g green beans, trimmed
  3. 120g butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  4. 180g cauliflower florets
  5. To make the paste:
  6. 5-6cm root fresh turmeric (or 1 scant tsp powdered)
  7. ½ tsp paprika powder
  8. 4 garlic cloves
  9. 5-6cm thumb of fresh ginger
  10. 5-6cm thumb of fresh galangal
  11. 4 red chillies
  12. 1 small-med red onion
  13. 2 lemongrass stems
  14. 10 kaffir leaves, fresh or frozen
  15. 500ml veg stock (or use water)
  16. 1 can of coconut milk
  17. 2-3 tbsp vegan fish sauce (or substitute light soy)
  18. 1 tbsp brown sugar
  19. ½ cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped (optional)
  20. Drizzle of chilli oil (optional)
  21. Veg oil for frying

  • Parboil the cubed potato until just starting to soften, about 6-7 minutes. Then blanch the cauliflower florets for a minute or two. Set the vegetables aside.
  • Place all the spice paste ingredients in a blender or food processor and blitz until forms a smooth paste.
  • Add a little oil to a large pan, and gently fry the curry paste. Add the stock or water, vegan fish sauce or soy sauce (if using) and brown sugar. Bring to boil, add the squash and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  • Then add the cauliflower, potatoes and green beans, simmer for another 2 minutes, then add the coconut milk. Season with salt to taste, and bring back to boil and simmer gently for a few more minutes.
  • Serve with freshly steamed jasmine rice. Drizzle with a little chilli oil (if using) and scatter some chopped peanuts on the side.

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