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Good Korma! 24 Simple Vegan Curry Recipes

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By Anisha Mistry

What’s your comfort food? Peanut butter and jelly on toast? Mashed potatoes? A big bowl of pasta? Being from Indian origins, I wanted to share some deliciously diverse vegan curry recipes, since curry is definitely my personal favourite go-to when I need some food that’s like a hug.

Although many curries in India or Thailand are vegetarian, fewer are actually vegan, since ghee (clarified butter) is a typical ingredient. But vegan curries are easy to make, and packed with nutritious ingredients like  chickpeas, lentils, spices, beans, veggies, tofu, and sometimes even fruits! Oh, and  when we talk about ‘spices’, we’re not referring to chili-hot spices necessarily, but those that provide flavour – the fragrance of the food, if you will.  

And those fragrances have major health benefits, too: if you’ve not got time to grind your own spices,  even store bought curry powder has a number of valuable health benefits, including the prevention of cancer, protection against heart disease, reducing Alzheimer’s symptoms, easing pain and inflammation, boosting bone health, protecting the immune system from bacterial infections, and increasing the liver’s functionality. Just make sure your curry powder is an organic one  like this; otherwise it may have been dosed with radiation  to maintain ‘freshness’ (yes, seriously!)

For me, it’s all about the textures, too – from soft, buttery naan to creamy sauces and choosing just the right type of fresh spices. When picking chillies, it’s a matter of taste and smell. Some are sweeter, even fruity, and some have a smoky depth to their flavour. Turmeric and ginger can be (and if you ask me, should be) freshly shredded, not bought powdered,  but do whatever you can to get the freshest possible spices; it will make a huge difference to how your curry tastes.

But shredding your spices is the biggest hassle you’ll have with these easy curry recipes. They may look complex, but most can be made within 20 minutes. Whether you’re a carnivore, a pescetarian, or a vegetarian, you’ll find the burst of complex flavours you’re looking for in these curry recipes for vegans.

1. Carrot Spiced Rice with Creamy Almond ‘Yogurt’

This dish has a combination of qualities which especially please the senses. It is a pleasurable vegan supper with a creamy almond ‘yogurt’ accompaniment to balance out the spiced carrot. This recipe is a great reminder of how  curries are perfect for any weather, and any season.

See the recipe here.

2.  Roasted Cauliflower with Harissa Chickpea Curry

Who needs meat when this hearty, vegan curry will have you find its natural place at the head of your dinner table, ensuring everyone gets to enjoy its deliciousness. Can be served hot or cold, too.

See the recipe here.

Curry Recipes for Vegans

3.  Nutty Mushroom and Coriander Pilaf

If your tastebuds are itching to discover new flavours, try this Nutty Mushroom and Coriander Pilaf recipe. With subtle, homely flavours, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser – just serve with a leafy salad to make the perfect meal.

See the recipe here.

4. Chana Masala with Chickpeas

This is the perfect weeknight dinner because it requires very little preparation. It’s healthy, spicy and an authentic street food staple that is eaten throughout India.

See the recipe here.

5.  Vegan Lentil Curry

I love this recipe! If you use brown rice, you have a complete vegan protein here, with the combination of lentils. Also, if you want to lighten this up, just sub almond milk for coconut. Voila!

Get the recipe here.

Curry Recipes for Vegans

6.  Sweet Potato Curry

When nothing else will do and if you are looking for an easy cleanup, this one-pot wonder will have your calorie-conscious houseguests indulging in spoonfuls of deep, satisfying flavour and your non-veggie guests questioning meat, what?

See the recipe here.

7.  Vegetable Curry

You’ll never need to wonder about what to do with your unused vegetables ever again  – this is a stunningly quick way in which to cook them, and tastes even better when reheated the following day.

See the recipe here.

8.  Vegan Paneer Tikka Masala

This is an incredibly mouth-watering, vegan version of a traditional paneer tikka masala. With depth of flavour in a luscious thick sauce, from slowly infusing spices, just remember to stock up on lots of garlicky naan bread for an easy cleanup.

See the full recipe here.

9.  Pad Prik King

This is actually a Thai curry, which packs heat and is quite fragrant. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner with layers of complex flavours that make it really moreish. It works well spooned over steamed rice or boiled noodles. This recipe uses fish sauce but don’t panic  – I’ve got you covered! Just substitute it for an equally tasty vegan free version called Nuoc Mam Chay.

See the recipe here.

10. Instant Pot Masala Eggplant Curry

A creative, home-style cooked recipe. With a surprising mix of spices, this curry has depth of flavour, which is a real treat to the senses. It’s easy to make, too.

See the recipe here.

11.  Creamy Pumpkin and Cashew Curry

A match made in heaven. With a subtle blend of sweetness from roasted cashews, creamy coconut and sugary pumpkin, it is food ecstasy on a plate! If you love pumpkin, you may like these recipes, too.

See the recipe here.

12.  Korma Curry

Creamy and comforting with smooth, velvety textures, this is a dish we all crave on those cold, rainy days where we just want to curl up in front of the TV and watch iconic movies with a glass or two of wine.

See the full recipe here.

13.  Lemongrass and Coconut Curry with Summer Vegetables

This one is bursting with flavours – but it’s a bit hot. Can you handle it? If so, this is an incredibly easy recipe to cook at home, which is so versatile, using easily accessible seasonal ingredients, for the stressed meat-abstaining foodie.

See the recipe here.

Curry Recipes for Vegans

14. Easy Potato, Pea and Carrot Curry

This one is perfect for when the fridge is bare and all you have is frozen veg – but of course, fresh always works best! Add in some spinach for an extra nutritional boost.

Get the recipe here.

15.  Indian Daikon Curry

Daikon – a veggie from the radish family – is a staple ingredient in many Indian dishes. Its flavour is enhanced when combined with fragrant spices. Low in calories, too!  

See the recipe here.

16.  Chickpea and Eggplant Curry with Mint Chutney

Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients – this recipe requires a rough blend of herbs and spices to give you a burst of aromatic and fresh popping flavour. The list may be long, but it’s just a question of shopping the spices. Once made, you’ll find yourself gulping down this delicious curry all too easily!

See the recipe here.

17.  Spicy Cabbage and Potato Curry

Sometimes simplicity is best. With humble ingredients you can enjoy something truly spectacular. I prefer this recipe cooked over a wood burning barbecue to enjoy crunchy cabbage leaves with charred edges, served with sweet and sour pickle.

See the recipe here.

18.  Curried Carrots with Pecans

This is real life magic! Perfect as a quick snack, last minute entertaining or picnics. I like to mix mine up with oven roasted cashews and sometimes change the carrots for vegetables I have to hand, such as parsnips  or  squash.

See the recipe here.

19.  Green Curry With Brown Rice Noodles And Swiss Chard

Fresh herbs have a cooling effect when combined with fresh chillies, which adds contrast in colour, fragrance and texture. They make  a curry much lighter and all the more addictive.

See the recipe here.

20.  Easy Bean Sprout Curry

A quick, healthy and vegan option for those days you need a quick meal. Cooked with a few spices, they are a tiny treat which are exquisite when tucked into little pockets of naan bread, turning it into something deeply satisfying, filling and dense.

See the recipe here.

21. Simple Chickpea Curry

Coconut milk and chickpeas are a marriage made in heaven. The nuttiness of the chickpeas is enhanced by the sweetness of the coconut milk, and the addition of the Indian flavours are just the ‘spicing’ on the cake!

Get the recipe here.

22. Thai Green Curry With Zoodles

Looking for something lighter? The substitution of zoodles – that is, zucchini noodles in case you weren’t aware – for rice lowers the carb count here.

Get the recipe here.

23. Coconut Curry with Tofu

If  you want something a bit meatier, so to speak, this curry is for you. The crispy tofu makes a great contrast to the creamy chickpeas and coconut milk. If you love eating tofu as your vegan protein, you may want to check these recipes out, too.

Get the recipe here.

24. 30 Minute Coconut Curry

This one reminds me of a dish I had at Bali Buddha in Indonesia – another country that loves a good curry! You can basically add whatever vegetables you may have on hand.

Get the recipe here.

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