I cook a lot of US and European food, but sometimes it is good to try food with inspiration from other countries, for example, Asia. 

This recipe for red curry stew with noodles, coconut milk and zucchini, is a combination of a soup and a stew. So it is quite juicy and full of flavor. I add sambal oelek, an Indonesian chili paste, and then decorate it on top with sliced, red chili. If you do not like hotly spiced food, reduce one or the other.

In addition to chili, this delicious stew also contains zucchini, green onions, corn, garlic and noodles. The Asian flavors come from red curry paste, grated ginger, sesame oil and lime. 

Since everything is fried in oil and the creaminess comes from coconut milk, you can make this stew wholly vegetarian and vegan—exchange the noodles for rice noodles that are not made with eggs.

Red Curry Stew With Noodles, Coconut Milk and Zucchini

For: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini (approx. 14 oz)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 green onions
  • 1.5 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 small jar of corn
  • 3 tsp dl sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 2 tsp sambal oelek
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1½ cups water
  • 150g egg noodles* 
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1 lime
  • ½ pot fresh cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 red chili 

Method

  • Cut the zucchini into half-inch-sized cubes. Finely chop the garlic and slice the green onion. Peel the ginger and grate it. Let the corn drain.
  • Heat sesame oil in a saucepan and add the zucchini. Fry while stirring for a few minutes, so it gets a little surface color, and then add the corn and garlic. Fry for a few more minutes, and then add half of the green onions. Fry for a few more minutes before stirring in the ginger, red curry, sambal oelek, coconut milk and water.
  • Boil the noodles according to the instructions on the package, but subtract one minute of the cooking time. Rinse the cooked noodles in cold water and then put them in the pot. Let it all simmer for a few minutes. Sprinkle over the rest of the green onions.
  • Serve with lime wedges and fresh cilantro. Feel free to decorate with extra sliced ​​chili if you like a spicy kick.

* Switch to rice noodles or mung beans for a completely vegetarian and vegan recipe. If you switch to rice noodles, the recipe will also be gluten-free.

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