I can’t say I’ve ever been to India (though Wes Anderson has me dying to go).
Nor can I even say I’ve eaten at that many authentic Indian restaurants.
But I have tried a curry or two in my day and I know what I like in one.
This recipe is a mix of everything I love about curry all rolled into one pan.
And what do I love most about curries? Veggies and coconut milk.
Since I wanted to keep this vegetarian/vegan friendly, I served it over coconut quinoa for added protein and fiber. I have to say it was a lovely choice. It really marries the dish together well (but completely optional).
The rest of the recipe is basically veggies of your choice and a special mix of spices.
I went with broccoli, carrot, onion, snow peas and tomato, but you could go with just bell peppers and onion, potatoes, cauliflower, etc. – whatever you wish!
As for the spices I kept it simple with curry powder and a pinch of cayenne. But you could also just add a dried red chili for a similar effect. Extra turmeric, cinnamon or cumin would also be lovely.
The end result? A super simple, veggie-packed (Vegan and GF-friendly) curry that will please a crowd. Even those on the fence about curries should try this recipe as it’s heavy on the coconut milk and light on the spices. I think you’re going to love it.
Rich but healthy
Not too spicy
And loaded with veggies
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut or olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced (150 g)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced (2 Tbsp or 12 g)
- 1 Tbsp (6 g) fresh grated ginger (or 1 tsp ground)
- 1/2 cup (45 g) broccoli florets (or green bell pepper), diced
- 1/2 cup (64 g) diced carrots
- 1/4 cup (45 g) diced tomato
- 1/3 cup (28 g) snow peas (loosely cut)
- 1 Tbsp (8 g) curry powder
- Pinch cayenne or 1 dried red chili, diced (optional for heat)
- 2 14-ounce (396 g) cans light coconut milk (sub full fat for richer texture)
- 1 cup (240 ml) veggie stock
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 14-ounce (396 g) can light coconut milk
- 1 cup (170 g) white quinoa, rinsed in a fine mesh strainer*
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) agave nectar (optional)
- Fresh lemon juice
- Cilantro, mint and/or basil
- Red pepper flake
- If serving with coconut quinoa, begin by washing thoroughly in a fine mesh strainer. Add to a medium saucepan over medium heat and toast for 3 minutes. Add 1 can light coconut milk and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is light, fluffy and the liquid is absorbed. Set aside until serving.
- In the meantime, heat a large saucepan or pot to medium heat and add 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, carrot, broccoli and a pinch each salt and pepper and stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened – about 5 minutes.
- Add curry powder, cayenne (or chili pepper), veggie stock, coconut milk, another healthy pinch of salt and stir. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat slightly and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes.
- Add the snow peas and tomatoes in the last 5 minutes so they don’t overcook.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added another pinch or two of salt.
- Serve over coconut quinoa (see other options below in Notes) and garnish with fresh lemon juice and herbs.