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Vietnamese Vegetarian Curry Recipe (Ca Ri Chay)

Updated on February 26, 2012
Vegetable curry (Ca Ri Chay)
Vegetable curry (Ca Ri Chay) | Source

Here is a vegetarian curry with big flavors. This Vietnamese curry is made of eggplants, potatoes and tofu, flavored with lemon grass and spicy curry powder, enriched with coconut milk. This is a really hearty vegetable stew.

For the best flavor, always use Vietnamese style curry powder. Vietnamese curry powder is widely at Asian market or online. If you prefer spicier curry, add more hot chili pepper. This recipe is open to any adjustment. If you prefer a lighter curry, you can dilute the coconut milk with more water. If the sauce is too watery, add a piece or two pieces of cooked potato and mash it then return back into the pot. Also you can add various vegetables to this curry dish.

What You Need

Serves 4 - 6


1 pack fried tofu ( 8 pcs)

1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 potatoes, peeld and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 onion, coarsely chopped

1 1/2 cup coconut milk

1 1/2 cup water

3 tbsp curry powder

1 tbsp salt

3/4 tbsp sugar

2 lemongrass, finely chopped

2 red chili pepper

2 tbsp cooking oil

How to Fix

  • Heat a wok over high heat. When hot, add cooking oil, lemongrass, and red chili pepper. Cook until the aromatics are fragrant.
  • Add the fried tofu, onion, eggplant, salt, sugar, curry powder in. Stir-fry about 4 - 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the coconut milk and water. Then add sweet potato, and white potatoes. Cook in low heat or simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Ca ri chay is usually best served with warm steamed rice or French bread.

Ca Ri Chay - Vietnamese Vegetable Curry (in Vietnamese language)


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      jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

      @turtlewoman: thanks. The video is in Vietnamese. I am going to replace it when my own video is done.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      I have been making chicken curry for awhile now. I never thought to make a vegetarian version of it...and I'm not sure why! Thanks for inspiring me to make this dish. By the way, the video is in Vietnamese? If an American comes across this, I guess they would just have to watch and not listen LOL. Voted up and useful