Hi! Are you home? I’m stuck in traffic, can I come over?” said my friend Priya over the phone.  It was early on Friday evening and I was on the couch watching Grey’s Anatomy.  “Have you eaten?” I asked.  She hasn’t.  I haven’t either.  And so I told her to come over for a home cooked meal.

I looked inside my refrigerator and found a collection of random vegetables, a chunk of paneer cheese (Indian cheese that tastes similar to queso fresco) and naan.  And so I made Clean Your Refrigerator Vegetarian Curry for my lovely vegetarian friend.  As the vegetables simmered in spiced coconut milk, Priya and I chatted, and drank tea.


Clean Your Refrigerator Vegetarian Curry

Ingredients

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon yellow curry, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground szechuan peppercorn, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup green beans, cut into 1″ pieces
1 bell pepper, sliced
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cooked potato, diced
1 cup bean sprouts
salt to taste
chili paste
lime juice
chopped cilantro or basil

Directions

1.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

2.  Add onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes.  Add the spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

3.  Pour in the milk and add beans and pepper.  Simmer for a few minutes.

4.  Add broccoli and potato and continue to simmer until vegetables are tender and the sauce thickens.

5.  Stir in bean sprouts and season with salt, chili paste, and lime juice to taste.  Serve with hot naan bread, chopped herbs (cilantro or basil) and extra lime juice.

If you are looking for a heartier meal, serve the curry over a bed of hot rice or soba noodles.

Follow by a night on the couch with a friend and cups of tea with maple cookies.

Thanks for stopping by, sunshine!

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