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Stir-fried Vegetables with Lemongrass and Coconut Curry

Stir-fried Vegetables with Lemongrass and Coconut Curry

Stir-fried Vegetables with Lemongrass and Coconut Curry (Ronnie Fein)

4 servings

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2 stalks lemongrass

2 baby bok choy

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

8 asparagus spears, cut into bite size pieces

2 medium carrots, shredded

1 small red bell pepper, cut into cite size pieces

3 tablespoons water

1 large shallot, chopped

2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small chili pepper deseeded and chopped

1 cup bean sprouts

1 teaspoon curry powder

2 pinches ground cinnamon

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup vegetable stock

salt to taste

cooked rice


Remove the soft, inner core from the lemongrass bulbs and chop them into small pieces. Set aside. (Use the leaves for other purposes). Wash each bok choy leaf, snapping it off the stem to make individual pieces. Dry the leaves and set them aside. Heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a wok or stir-fry pan over medium-high heat. Add the bok choy leaves, asparagus, carrots and bell pepper and stir-fry for one minute. Add the water, cover the pan and cook for about 2 minutes or until crispy and tender. Dish out the vegetables and set them aside. Discard any pan liquid. Heat the remaining tablespoon vegetable oil in the pan. Add the shallot, ginger, garlic, chili pepper and lemongrass and stir-fry briefly. Return the vegetables to the pan. Add the bean sprouts and toss the ingredients to distribute them evenly. Sprinkle the ingredients with curry powder and cinnamon and toss. Pour in the coconut milk and vegetable stock. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Bring the ingredients to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes. Pour the vegetables and sauce over the rice and serve.

Ronnie Fein is a cookbook author, food writer and cooking teacher in Stamford. She is the author of The Modern Kosher Kitchen and Hip Kosher. Visit her food blog, Kitchen Vignettes, at, friend on Facebook at RonnieVailFein, Twitter at @RonnieVFein, Instagram at RonnieVFein.

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