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Vegetable Kare-Kare: Veggie Version of The Philippines’ Famous Peanut Stew

If you’re on the hunt for a unique and delicious vegetable dish, look no further than Vegetable Kare-Kare. This veggie version of the classic Filipino peanut stew is hearty, flavorful, and sure to become a family favorite! With its complex flavors derived from an array of vegetables and spices, this savory dish will delight vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Follow our easy recipe below to make your own Vegetable Kare-Kare today!

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A Veggie-Lover’s Dish: Vegetable Kare-Kare!

Vegetable Kare-Kare is a traditional Filipino stew that’s been adapted to be vegetarian. It features a flavorful and healthy mix of vegetables cooked in a peanut sauce that gives this dish its unique flavor. This delicious meal is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters while still providing plenty of nutritious options. Plus, it comes together quickly and easily, so you can enjoy it any night of the week!

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Annatto seeds gives the dish its signature orange hue

A key ingredient in Vegetable Kare-Kare is annatto seeds, which provide a mild flavor and distinctive orange color. Annatto seeds are also packed with antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, making this dish as good for your health as it is delicious. To save time, you can opt to purchase pre-ground annatto powder instead of using whole seeds.

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A Final Touch of sautéed bagoong

No Vegetable Kare-Kare is complete without a spoonful of sautéed bagoong. This salty and savory condiment adds an umami flavor to the stew. You can find it in most Asian grocery stores, but if you can’t locate any, feel free to substitute fish sauce or anchovy paste instead.

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So don’t wait! Try this easy recipe for Vegetable Kare-Kare today and experience this delicious dish for yourself. With its hearty mix of vegetables and flavorful peanut sauce, you’ll be sure to make this meal again and again! Enjoy!


Vegetable Kare-Kare

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Course: MainCuisine: FilipinoDifficulty: Medium


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This veggie version of the classic Filipino peanut stew is hearty, flavorful, and sure to become a family favorite!

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  • 10 pcs 10 String Beans, Sitaw

  • 1 medium 1 Banana Heart (long)

  • 4 bunch 4 Pechay

  • 3 pcs 3 Eggplant

  • 2 medium 2 Red Onion

  • 7 cloves 7 Garlic

  • 4 cups 4 Water

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 Rice Flour

  • 80 grams 80 Crushed Peanuts

  • 6 tbsp 6 Peanut Butter

  • 2 tsp 2 Annatto Seeds

  • 5 tbsp 5 Olive Oil

  • Water for blanching

  • Bagoong (Sauteed Shrimp Paste)


  • Bring a big pot of water to a boil.
  • Blanch all vegetables over low to medium heat until they are halfway done (3-5 minutes)
  • Take out the water and heat oil in the same pot. And put in annatto seeds to get the color out until the oil turns orange. Take the annatto seeds out.
  • Sauté garlic and onion, then add peanuts and peanut butter.
    Mix and Simmer until it thickens.
  • While the pot is simmering, mix rice flour and water together and pour it into the pot. Simmer while stirring constantly until it thickens.
  • Mix in all the blanched vegetables.
  • Serve hot with hot rice and bagoong (sauteed shrimp paste). Enjoy!

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