Thai Vegetable Stir-Fry (Vegan/gluten free)

Vegetable Stir Fry
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 (with rice/noodles)
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This Thai Vegetable Stir-Fry is easy to make and very flavorful! The stir-fry sauce is what makes this dish sing - a combination of coconut milk, soy sauce, lime, and chili. The recipe is also quite flexible, allowing you to add your own choice of vegetables depending on what you have on hand, or what is readily available where you live. Add a final topping of fresh basil and chili, and you have an authentic Thai vegan dish that's gourmet good and nutritionally balanced. (Note: cubes of fresh or fried tofu, OR strips of chicken can be added to make this a main-course dish.) ENJOY!

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots or purple onion
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 thumb-size pieces galangal OR ginger, sliced into thin matchstick pieces
  • 1/2 to 1 small fresh red chili, sliced, OR 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons chili flakes
  • 1 medium-size carrot, sliced
  • 6 to 8 shiitake mushrooms, sliced, or left in halves or quarters
  • 1 small to medium head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into half-moons or thick matchstick-like pieces
  • 1 cup or more snow peas
  • generous handful fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or other vegetable oil
  • Stir-fry Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons good (strong) tasting vegetable stock (OR faux chicken stock)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce*
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sherry (or cooking sherry)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed chili (chili flakes)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

How to Make It

  1. Combine all 'Stir-Fry Sauce' ingredients, stirring well to dissolve sugar. Taste-test the sauce, keeping in mind that the first taste should be spicy-salty, followed by sweet and finally the rich taste of the coconut milk. Adjust these flavors to suit your taste, adding more lime juice if too sweet or salty (note: it will be less salty when combined with the stir-fry).
  2. Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons oil in the pan and swirl around, then add the shallot/onion, garlic, ginger, and chili. Stir-fry 2 minutes, then add the carrot and mushrooms plus 1/4 of the stir-fry sauce. Stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes.
  1. Add remaining vegetables plus remaining stir-fry sauce, enough to gently simmer vegetables in the sauce. (Note: this is a 'saucy' stir-fry that is never dry - the sauce is meant to flavor the rice or noodles it is served with). Simmer until all the vegetables are cooked but still bright green with some crispness.
  2. Remove from heat and do one last taste-test. If not salty enough, add a little more fish or soy sauce. If too salty or sweet, add another squeeze of lime juice. Add more sugar or chili if desired.
  3. Top with fresh basil. Fresh-cut chili can also be sprinkled over for those who like it extra spicy. Serve over Thai jasmine-scented rice (also good with noodles!). Also delicious with my Easy Thai Coconut Rice OR Easy Thai Sticky Rice. ENJOY!

*Be sure to use wheat-free soy sauce for gluten-free diets.