Vietnamese Style Vegetarian Curry Soup


Vietnamese-style curry powder can be found in Asian markets. If you can't find it, use Madras curry powder. This spicy soup can be made into a thick stew by reducing the vegetable stock and water by half. Serve with rice and French bread.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger root, thinly sliced

  • 1 stalk lemon grass, cut into 2 inch pieces

  • 4 tablespoons curry powder

  • 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced

  • 8 mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 pound fried tofu, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons vegetarian fish sauce (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 makrut lime leaves

  • 8 small potatoes, quartered

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts, for garnish

  • 8 sprigs fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Saute onion and shallots until soft and translucent. Stir in garlic, ginger, lemon grass, and curry powder. Cook for about 5 minutes, to release the flavors of the curry. Stir in green pepper, carrots, mushrooms, and tofu.

  2. Pour in vegetable stock and water. Season with fish sauce, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, and lime leaves. Bring to a boil, then stir in potatoes and coconut milk. When soup returns to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 40 to 60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Garnish each bowl with a pile of bean sprouts and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

479 Calories
27g Fat
51g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 479
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Sodium 271mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 40mg 200%
Calcium 276mg 21%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 1096mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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