A flavorful red curry easily customized to use up any veggies you have hanging out in the back of your fridge. Ready in just 20 minutes! Serve it up with rice, noodles, or naan.
Authentic curries can typically involve a lot of spices and ingredients and may take quite a while to simmer to develop the flavors.
The use of a few key pantry staples here makes it easy to build those bold flavors in a short amount of time, making Thai Curry attainable any night of the week!
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Pantry staples and a few popular vegetables make up this easy recipe.
Red curry paste ~ The base of the sauce is red curry paste. Combined with aromatics of onion, garlic, and ginger, plus veggie broth and creamy coconut milk, this sauce is bold and flavorful.
You can turn this dish into a green curry recipe by using green curry paste instead of red.
Vegetables ~ Cauliflower, green beans, and carrots come together to create hearty texture. Spinach adds extra nutrients.
Almost any veggies you have available could work in this recipe in place of or in addition to the cauliflower, green beans, and carrots. Some ideas: broccoli, small diced potato or sweet potato, green peas, zucchini, bell peppers, etc.
Chickpeas ~ Chickpeas bring healthy plant protein and “meatiness.”
Not a fan of chickpeas? Baked tofu would be a nice protein replacement. I also think black eyed peas would be delicious and they would hold up well just like the chickpeas.
Oil-free ~ This recipe uses a small amount of oil, but if you are following an oil-free diet, you can easily replace this with water or veggie broth.
How to make the recipe
All you need is a cutting board, knife, and large pot to make this dish.
- Chop the vegetables
- Sauté the aromatics until they begin to brown
- Add the coconut milk, broth, and red curry paste and whisk until the paste is completely smooth
- Add the vegetables and chickpeas and simmer until softened
- Add the spinach and cook just until it starts to wilt
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- Serve and Enjoy!
How to serve
We enjoyed this curry recipe over rice. Noodles or potatoes would be a great accompaniment, also. Or simply grab a slice of naan to scoop up the sauce!
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Sneak peek inside the book
The cookbook is composed of 10 Chapters. The first chapter is all about being a healthy vegan. The remaining 9 chapters are recipe chapters. Here is a sneak peek at what you’ll find:
The Healthy Vegan ~ What is Healthy?; Top Ten Vegan Diet Mistakes; The Healthy Vegan Pantry
Basics ~ Homemade Vegetable Stock; Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce; Hearty Veggie Crumbles
Breakfasts ~ Cherry Almond Baked Granola; Apple-Cinnamon Whole-Wheat Pancakes; Spinach-Mushroom Frittata
Salads ~ Green Goddess Salad; Chickpea Nicoise Salad; Fattoush Salad
Soups and Stews ~ Cheesy Broccoli Soup; Mushroom Barley Soup; Peanut Stew; and the Vegetable Curry recipe featured below
Burgers, Sandwiches, and Wraps ~ Caesar Chickpea Wraps; Cauliflower Banh Mi; Bean Ball Subs
Sides ~ Baked Zucchini Fries; Chili Lime Roasted Radishes; Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
Dinner Mains ~ Crispy Artichoke Tacos; Eggplant Marsala; Shepherdess’s Pie with Sweet Potato Crust
Pastas, Noodles, and Rice ~ Pad Thai; Vegetable Lasagna; Mushroom Paella
Sweets ~ Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse; Oatmeal Almond Crisp; Key Lime Bars
More Vegan Curry Recipes
If you love curry, don’t miss these other easy and flavorful vegan curry recipes:
- Sweet Potato Thai Curry
- Green Vegetable Curry
- Coconut Curry Soup
- Thai Curry Noodle Soup
- Curry Quinoa Salad
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Vegetable Curry Recipe
- 1 teaspoon neutral-flavored oil such as grapeseed or avocado, vegetable stock, or water
- 1 medium-sized yellow onion diced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon grated or minced fresh ginger
- 1 can (14 oz) light coconut milk
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 3 tablespoons red curry paste
- 4 cups chopped cauliflower florets
- ½ pound green beans trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 cups spinach
- Sea salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook until they begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
- Add the light coconut milk, vegetable stock, and red curry paste to the pot and stir to combine. Add the cauliflower, green beans, carrots, and chickpeas. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened.
- Uncover the pot and stir in the spinach, continuing to simmer, while stirring frequently until the spinach wilts. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.