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Root vegetable Thai curry

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
Dietary Vegetarian
From Great British Budget Menu
A cheap and economical Thai curry. The root veg have a sweet taste that benefits from a little spice. You can freeze the curry in portion-sized amounts, then defrost for a quick meal. (But don't freeze the rice - always cook it fresh.)


  1. Heat a large non-stick saucepan with a lid over a medium heat. Add the oil and curry paste and stir over the heat for two minutes until you can smell the flavours.

  2. Mix in the chopped root vegetables and stir, coating the vegetables in the paste. Add a splash of water to help steam the vegetables and stop them from sticking. Place the lid on the saucepan and cook for 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes. Add a splash more water if needed to stop them sticking to the bottom of the pan.

  3. Meanwhile, in a jug, mix the coconut and stock, stirring until dissolved.

  4. Once the vegetables have cooked for 10 minutes, pour the stock and coconut mixture over the top and leave to simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, or until all the vegetables are soft and breaking up slightly and the sauce has thickened. If the sauce hasn’t thickened enough to your liking, then turn up the heat and allow it to bubble away for a further 10 minutes, or until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Meanwhile, cook the rice in a separate saucepan according to the packet instructions. Serve the curry on top of the rice.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g/1¾oz Thai curry paste (green or red)
  • 750g/1lb 10oz mixed root vegetables (such as carrot, swede, turnip), peeled and chopped
  • 160ml/5½fl oz coconut cream (or 75g/2½oz creamed coconut, broken into pieces)
  • 750ml/1¼ pint vegetable stock, made from stock cube
  • 200g/7oz rice
  • salt and black pepper

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