Vegan curry lovers, look no further; I have a collection of 20 vegan curry recipes that are perfect for dinner. The recipes are easy to make, dairy-free, and plant-based. In addition to dinner, these recipes are perfect for meal prepping.
In the mood for a curry dinner? There are so many great recipes that it can be hard to narrow down the perfect dish. To help, I have compiled 20 vegan curry recipes from favorite bloggers.
The curry recipes included in this roundup have been inspired by several different Asian countries. Most of these recipes are easy to make, including a few made with an Instant Pot!
Indian curries have evolved over the centuries. Archaeologists have found evidence of curry on the sub-continent as far back as 2000 BCE. Over time each region has developed a distinctive use of spices, flavors, and techniques.
Indian curry dishes use water as a base, usually thick in consistency and spicy in flavor. It is popular to enjoy these curries with steamed rice and Indian breads.
A standard Indian curry contains at least five spices, and it is not uncommon to find dishes made with up to 10 spices. The spices used in making an Indian curry vary by region. Try the different Indian curries in this post and see how different the flavors can be.
Thai curries are known for their spicy chili. Thai restaurants typically ask customers if they would like their food mild, medium, or hot. I like hot food, and I always order mild spice. That is because, in Thai cuisine, hot means HOT!
Thai curries tend to be made with full-fat coconut milk, but light coconut milk can easily be substituted. To make a curry without coconut milk, you can substitute cashew cream or non-dairy milk (it will not be as creamy).
Here is a quick breakdown of the five most common Thai curries found in the west:
Yellow – Tends to have a mild taste and is bright yellow from the turmeric and mustard seeds.
Red – By far my favorite style. This curry combines sweet flavor from lemongrass and ginger and spice from chiles.
Green is made with young green chilies and is generally considered the spicier of the three colors.
Panang – Combines mild spices and peanuts, creating a smooth and soft curry.
Massaman – Is similar to Panang. However, the peanuts are roasted, and the chilies are a little spicier.
In the world of curries, ingredients are easily substituted. Here are some suggestions that I am most commonly asked about.
Rice – If the recipe calls for rice, you can easily use brown rice, white rice, or cauliflower rice. Basmati rice is perfect with just about every curry recipe.
Coconut Milk – Is a common ingredient in making a creamy vegan curry. I always use full-fat coconut milk for the richest sauce possible. Lite coconut milk can also be used, but the dish might not be as creamy if you are using coconut cream in place of full-fat coconut milk a common substation ratio is 1/3 coconut milk and 2/3rd water or vegetable broth.
Thai Coconut Tofu Red Curry with Oven Roasted Vegetables is bursting with flavor and texture. With just a couple extra steps of oven-roasting the vegetables to perfection, this classic dish will go from good to your new favorite go-to dinner!
This Eggplant Indian Curry recipe is one of my favorite comfort food dishes of all time. It is an effortless preparation with meltingly tender eggplant and a luscious sauce loaded with big Indian flavors. Indian cooking at its best!
If you're looking for a cozy and delicious soup to warm up your winter day, look no further than this Curried Butternut Squash Curry Soup! This simple yet flavorful recipe will tantalize your taste buds with the unique combination of sweet butternut squash, savory curry spices, and velvety coconut milk.
If you're looking for an easy vegan chickpea curry that uses mostly pantry staple ingredients, this chickpea and spinach curry is for you! VEGETARIAN (Honey, easily modified) . Recipe by: The Healthy Epicurean
Nothing complements the flavors from mushrooms as Mushroom Masala does and that's the recipe I am sharing today. Mushroom Masala is a simple yet delicious recipe that is usually paired with rotis or Indian bread. With the right amount of spices, it can be a great pairing for steamed rice too.
This vegan tikka masala is incredibly tasty. It’s got an amazingly flavorful thick masala sauce with beautifully roasted marinated veggies and tofu. Use either white or brown rice with this recipe. Recipe by Vegan on Board
This Easy Instant Pot Vegan Thai Panang Curry is loaded with bold and delicious flavor! This curry comes together in 30 minutes and is almost entirely hands-off! Squeeze lime on top for an extra layer of flavor. Recipe by Fresh Fig.
Whole masoor dal (brown lentils) is a delicious and comforting dal that is very easy to make and is ready in 30 minutes (with only 15 minutes of hands-on time). Made in an Instant Pot, this wholesome dal is vegan, gluten-free, and paleo diet-friendly. This one-pot meal is a very good source of plant-based protein. Recipe by Easy Indian Cookbook.
This Cauliflower Peas Masala, or Gobi Matar, is a classic example of a homestyle Indian vegetable. Simple, tasty, and healthy using cauliflower florets and green peas for the main vegetables. Recipe from Gypsy Plate.
Potatoes and fresh spinach cooked together in a few simple but deliciously fragrant spices, palak aloo is an easy but absolutely delicious recipe! When we were in India we tasted many different aloo recipes, but we really loved aloo palak, we spoke with a generous chef who shared their recipe with us, we’ve played around with it over the years, and this is our take on this simple side dish.