Global Stews

Indonesian-Style Vegetable Stew with Rice Noodles

Asian rice noodles

Characteristic of certain Indonesian vegetable dishes are colorful vegetables (in this case, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and bell pepper), this stew is enveloped in a rich, spicy peanut sauce and embellished with rice noodles. This has so much going for it that you need only a simple salad to complete the meal. more→

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Koorma Vegetable Curry

The term koorma refers to a Northern Indian style of cookery that utilizes yogurt. For vegans and for those who wish to adapt this to dairy-free, use coconut yogurt. more→

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Thai-Spiced Sweet Potato Stew

Sweet Potatoes on table

With Thai ingredients available at most natural foods stores and well-stocked supermarkets, it has become easy to enjoy the delightful flavors of this cuisine at home. Use your discretion with the red or green curry paste; a little will give a hint of heat, but if you want a spicier stew, you can step it up from there. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for all Seasons by Nava Atlas.

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Tagine of Squash and Chickpeas with Mushrooms

I love the unusual combination of flavorings in this dish. The tastes of the cinnamon and ginger really come through, and the bittersweet mixture of lemon and honey, with a sprinkling of currants, adds a perfect finish. Serve this over whole-grain couscous to complement the Middle Eastern flavors. Add spinach or Swiss chard to complete the meal. Use a medium to large (3 ½ to 5 quart) slow cooker. Excerpted  from The Vegetarian Slow Cooker* by Judith Finlayson. Reprinted by permission. © 2010, Robert Rose, Inc. All rights reserved. more→

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Country Captain Stew

Though this tasty stew bears a passing resemblance to the classic East Indian mulligatawny, it’s actually an adaptation of a classic curried chicken stew recipe from the American South. This meatless version substitutes chunks of tofu or seitan, baked until chewy and golden. The harmony of sweet and savory flavors in a curried base is most appealing. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Curried Mixed Vegetable Stew

This colorful vegetable curry is an easy, aromatic way to enjoy veggies in a warming, spiced (but not too spicy) sauce. Serve with fresh flatbread, brown rice or other grain, and a simple salad of cucumber mixed with coconut yogurt and cilantro. more→

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West African-Style Peanut and Okra Stew

Fresh okra

This peanut and okra stew is a westernized version of a typical African dish, made in various ways around the continent. I first made this stew as part of an “African feast” at my son’s school some years ago in conjunction with a class project. Privately, I doubted that any of the kids, then third and fourth graders, would eat this. I couldn’t have been more mistaken! The kids not only loved making it, but every last drop was scraped from the huge pot. Recipe adapted from The Vegetarian Cookbook.

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South American Harvest Stew

This satisfying stew contains the crops known as the “three sisters”—squash, corn and beans. more→

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