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Vietnamese curries are milder than Thai curries but you can always add extra chilli as a garnish if you like it hot.
This curry starts with a paste that will deliver the wonderful aromatic flavour – you could always buy a paste, but I like to do things properly.
Vietnamese Curry Paste
- 1 lemongrass stalk, tough outer leaves removed
- 1 thumb-sized piece of galangal or ginger, peeled
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 3 shallots, peeled
- 2 small green chillies
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 bunch coriander stalks
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp palm sugar or light brown muscovado
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tbsp groundnut oil
Sweet Potato Curry
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 3 tbsp Vietnamese curry paste
- 400ml coconut milk
- 600g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- 200g green beans, halved
- 1 handful of spinach
- dash of fish sauce
- 1 tbsp palm sugar
- 1 red chilli
- 2 tbsp groundnut oil
- coriander leaves
Begin by blending the curry paste ingredients together.
You can keep the spare curry paste in an airtight sterilised jar in the fridge or freeze it for future use.
Fry the onion and garlic in the oil for a few minutes and then stir in 3 tablespoons of the curry paste.
Cook it out for a couple of minutes and add the sweet potato, palm sugar, fish sauce and coconut milk.
Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes until the sweet potato is tender.
Taste the curry, you may want to tweak the flavour with a dash of fish sauce or sprinkling of palm sugar.
Add the green beans and spinach and cook for another 5 minutes until the beans are tender.
I serve this dish with cauliflower rice, fresh red chillies, fresh coriander leaves and a wedge of lime, but it would work well with rice or even noodles.
You can add chicken to this recipe if you like, but to be honest, I really don’t think that it needs it.