Vegetable Curry

This easy vegetable curry is the best way to eat your veggies! Cauliflower, bell pepper and chickpeas swim in a flavor-packed broth.

Vegetable curry

A vegetable curry is one of the best ways to make eating your veggies taste incredible. Alex and I adore eating curry for dinner, and guess what? It’s the best way to get loads of nutrients without even noticing. This vegetable curry is so good, you’ll be shoveling it down by the spoonful. It’s full of big flavor and all the best veggies you can eat, like cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, and chickpeas. It features crisp tender veggies in a seriously flavorful broth. Serve with naan bread or rice and it’s one of the most satisfying plant-based dinners around.

What’s a curry, anyway?

Curry is a very loose term. Per Bon Appetit, in many countries it was a word used by colonizers to simplify what they saw as foreign cuisines. Today, curry is usually a dish with a spiced sauce and meat or vegetables, often eaten with rice or flatbread like naan. Many times the spice curry powder is included in the sauce, or sometimes curry paste. The dish is made in many countries, including India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and England.

Ingredients in this vegetable curry

Knowing curry has a loose definition, Alex and I designed this vegetable curry to include a sauce with curry powder and feature a variety of healthy vegetables. This curry features crisp tender veggies and a flavorful broth. It’s important to note that it’s not as thick of a sauce as with a tomato or coconut milk-based curry, like our cauliflower curry or chickpea curry.

Here’s what’s in this vegetable curry:

Vegetable curry

What to serve with curry? Rice, naan, and more.

What to serve with this vegetable curry? There are a few options, depending on how much time you have. Alex and I created a new homemade naan recipe especially to go with this curry, which we’d reserve for dinner parties or weekend dinners. But it’s fun to make an oh so tasty! Here are our recommendations for serving this veggie curry:

Garlic naan
This homemade garlic naan is delicious when you have time: it’s perfect for dinner parties!

Is this curry spicy?

Well, yes and no! The heat level in this vegetable curry is directly related to the curry powder that you use. Here’s the thing: some curry powders are spicy, some are mild. It really depends on the brand! And there’s no way to know based on the label. So, you’ll have to do some trial and error to find the curry powder brand you like with a heat level that works for you and your fellow eaters.

Make ahead and storage info

Can you make this vegetable curry ahead? Yes! To meal prep, you can easily make it 1 day in advance and refrigerate until serving. Then just reheat it gently in a skillet, being sure not to overheat it so that the sauce doesn’t evaporate. Leftovers stay good for about 3 days in the refrigerator.

You also can make rice in advance if you’re serving with rice! To reheat the rice, place it in a pan on the stovetop and add a splash of water. Heat gently for a few minutes until the water evaporates and the rice is warmed through.

Vegetable curry

More vegetable curry recipes

We have a few other flavorful curry recipes that have become fan favorites! So if you’re looking for another type of curry, here are a few you might like (all of them are plant-based / vegan recipes):

  • Easy Chickpea Curry This chickpea curry is the ultimate healthy and easy weeknight dinner! It’s vegan, full of flavor, and done in 20 minutes!
  • Quick Coconut Lentil Curry Here’s a lentil based curry that’s flavored with coconut and curry paste. A fast and easy dinner idea perfect for weeknights!
  • Coconut Cauliflower Curry Everybody loves this one! It’s an easy dinner recipe is warm-spiced, nutrient packed, and ready in just over 30 minutes.

Is this an authentic Indian curry?

Is this vegetable curry authentic? As we mentioned above, curry is a loose definition and there are many varieties. While this isn’t a 100% authentic Indian curry, it uses the flavors of Indian cuisine to make a fast weeknight dinner. For an authentic Indian dinner recipe from an Indian chef, head to our Masoor Dal (Indian Red Lentils). Another great resource for authentic Indian recipes is chef and author Madhur Jaffrey.

This vegetable curry recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Vegetable curry

Easy Vegetable Curry


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 1x

Description

This easy vegetable curry is the best way to eat your veggies! Cauliflower, bell pepper and chickpeas swim in a flavor-packed broth.

Note: This curry features crisp tender veggies and a sauce that is broth-like. It’s not as thick of a sauce as with a tomato or coconut milk-based curry like our cauliflower curry or chickpea curry


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Ingredients

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli or broccolini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • Torn cilantro or roasted salted cashews, for garnish
  • Serve with: white rice, brown rice, quinoa, or naan bread (Garlic Naan or Vegan Naan)

Instructions

  1. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger; place them in a small bowl and set them aside.
  2. Dice the onion into bite-sized pieces. Peel the carrot and thinly slice it. Cut the pepper into large squares.  Chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Cut the broccoli into florets.
  3. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat it to medium high. Add the vegetables to the skillet with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fork tender and lightly browned. Once tender, add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the vegetable broth, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, coriander (optional), 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, peanut butter, peas and chickpeas. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce is thickened just slightly. (The sauce with be brothy, not thick.) Taste and add additional salt as necessary (we added several more pinches). Spoon the veggies over rice or quinoa, along with a few spoonfuls of broth. Serve with naan bread on the side, if desired.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: Vegetable Curry

More healthy dinner ideas

This vegetable curry is a healthy plant-based dinner recipe that features tons of nutrient-rich vegetables. Here are a few more healthy dinner ideas that are also vegan and plant-based:

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

6 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer Faulkner
    March 30, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    This looks really good but my husband is allergic to chickpeas. Would another bean work?

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      March 31, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Cannellini beans would be good!

  • Reply
    Jennifer Parks
    March 31, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Could lentils be used in place of chickpeas? How would the cooking time be impacted?

  • Reply
    Sandy Meier
    September 12, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    This vegetable curry was really good! I might try adding shrimp next time. I will definitely make this again. Thank you :)

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      September 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      So glad you enjoyed!

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