Big pan of Cauliflower Dal Green Curry packed with fresh greens
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1-Pot Cauliflower Dal Green Curry

Green curry with coconut milk, moong dal, cauliflower, and loads of greens! A hearty, flavorful, 1-pot meal!

Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4 (Entrée servings)
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Thai-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4-5 Days



  • 3/4 cup moong dal* (split mung beans)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut or avocado oil (or sub twice as much water)
  • 2 medium shallots (thinly sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 5 Tbsp green curry paste (plus more to taste // store-bought will be more intense in flavor, so start with slightly less and work your way up)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped cauliflower (or other seasonal vegetable of choice)
  • 2 13.5-oz cans light coconut milk (can sub half with vegetable broth for lighter curry)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos (plus more to taste, or sub tamari)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 3-4 cups chopped kale or spinach (or other green of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

FOR SERVING optional

  • Cilantro
  • Brown rice or Quinoa
  • Cashews
  • Lime


  1. Add moong dal to a bowl (or pot) and cover with water. Allow to soak for at least 1 hour (to increase absorption and speed cook time), or overnight. Then rinse, drain, and set aside.

  2. Heat a large rimmed skillet or pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, shallot, ginger, and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add curry paste and cook for 1-2 minutes more.

  3. Add cauliflower and sauté a few more minutes. Add coconut milk and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer. Then add soaked drained moong dal, coconut aminos, and maple syrup and stir.

  4. Return to a simmer and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes or until moong dal is tender. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add kale and stir until wilted (about 3 minutes).

  5. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding lime juice for acidity, maple syrup for sweetness, coconut aminos or salt for saltiness, or green curry paste for more intense curry flavor. 

  6. Serve plain like a stew, or over grains like rice or quinoa. Garnish with cashews and lime juice (both optional). Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop. Rehydrate with water or coconut milk as needed.


*Prep time includes soaking dal.
*If you can't find moong dal, you can sub golden lentils or brown or green lentils. Soaking is still recommended, but adjust cooking time as needed.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with avocado oil and lesser amount of kale, and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4 Servings)