Vegetable Curry

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Vegetable Curry is tasty, filling, and loaded with good-for-you ingredients. It’s made with plenty of veggies, including sweet potatoes and cauliflower that have simmered in a spice-packed creamy coconut curry sauce.

Try some of our other popular curry recipes next: this Butternut Squash Curry, Coconut Curry Chicken, or this Yellow Chicken Curry.

View of the finished pot of Vegetable Curry, loaded with healthy vegetables and simmered in a rich coconut curry broth.

A great pantry staples recipe

My Vegetable Curry recipe has been in the works for a few months now and while you’ll need a bit of fresh produce, the bulk of this recipe relies on pantry staples — spices, curry paste, coconut milk, canned tomatoes, frozen peas, and rice. Then, with the fresh produce required, most of it is shelf stable for quite a long time — the onions, ginger, garlic, and sweet potatoes.

I knew I wanted to share this recipe as soon as possible for those of you that do happen to have most of the ingredients on hand for this vegetable curry.

Meal prepping Vegetable Curry

This recipe also happens to be a great candidate for meal prepping, since it stores and reheats exceptionally well. Plus, the curry gets more flavorful every day, as the ingredients and flavors meld and intensify. I like making a batch on Sunday, separating it into meal prep containers, and enjoying it for lunches throughout the week. That is, if the boys don’t steal the containers first! 

To reheat: Either pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, stirring every 45 seconds, or reheat over low heat in a small pot until warmed through.

Process shots of the first stages of making Vegetable Curry: sauteing the aromatics, mixing the spices and adding them to the pan.

Veggies that go well in curry

This curry calls for onion, sweet potato, cauliflower, fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, and frozen peas. Below are a few other ideas if you need to substitute or customize this recipe:

  • Butternut squash
  • Broccoli florets
  • Carrots
  • Yukon gold or red potatoes
  • Snap peas
  • Bell peppers

When substituting a veggie for another one, just make sure quantities remain fairly consistent. You’ll also want to make sure to chop the veggies into small bite-sized pieces.

Vegetable curry customization

  • Swap veggies: see the section above for different veggies to substitute into the curry.
  • Add spice: If you want a spicier curry (as written, this recipe is very mild), increase the red curry paste to 3 tablespoons and add in some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper (to your preference; start slowly and increase as desired). 
  • For a more Thai-flavored curry, stir in a few tablespoons of fish sauce at the end.
  • Not vegan or vegetarian? Chicken broth or stock will work in place of the vegetable stock.

Process shots of creating Vegetable Curry: adding vegetables, broth and coconut milk; simmering and then serving on a bed of rice.

Our two favorite accompaniments to this vegetable curry are naan bread and basmati rice.

A few other ideas:

Is Vegetable Curry healthy?

This recipe is naturally vegan and loaded with nutritious ingredients. The veggies contain a lot of minerals and nutrients. They’re also filling yet low in calories. The spices, particularly turmeric, have anti-inflammatory effects. 

To make this curry healthier, use lite coconut milk instead of regular (it will be less creamy) and limit the amount of rice and naan served alongside it.

If curry is unfamiliar to you, you can learn about the exotic-sounding ingredients in this interesting article.

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Vegetable Curry

5 from 9 votes
Vegetable Curry is tasty, filling, and loaded with good-for-you ingredients. It's made with plenty of veggies including sweet potatoes and cauliflower that are simmered in a spice-packed creamy coconut curry sauce.
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Vegetable Curry

5 from 9 votes
Vegetable Curry is tasty, filling, and loaded with good-for-you ingredients. It's made with plenty of veggies including sweet potatoes and cauliflower that are simmered in a spice-packed creamy coconut curry sauce.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Healthy, Thai, Vegan
Keyword vegetable curry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 364kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $5.79


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cups finely diced yellow onion (~1 large onion)
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon finely minced ginger (~1 inch piece)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic (~3 cloves)
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: ground cumin, garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon EACH: paprika, ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste (See Note 1)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk (lite is ok; curry will be a lot less creamy)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 4 and 1/2 cups chopped sweet potatoes (~3 medium to large potatoes)
  • 3 and 1/2 cups chopped cauliflower (~1 small head/1/2 large head)
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup finely diced cilantro
  • Optional: fresh lime juice
  • Optional: serve over basmati rice (See Note 2) and with naan bread if desired


  • PREP: Dice the onion, mince the garlic, and mince the ginger. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes to get about 4 and 1/2 cups. Set aside.
  • SAUTE: Add the 1/4 cup coconut oil to a large cast-iron pot and heat on medium high. Once the oil is melted, add in the 1 and 1/2 cups finely diced onion, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons finely minced ginger, and 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic. Sauté until tender and very fragrant, about 7-9 minutes. Reduce heat to low if anything is burning or getting too brown. While everything is sauteing, measure out the spices and add to the pot: 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons paprika, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander, and 2 tablespoons red curry paste. Season to taste, I add 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to preference. Cook and stir until fragrant, over medium-low heat, 1-3 minutes.
  • ADD VEGGIES: Add in the cubed 4 and 1/2 cups sweet potatoes and stir to coat in spices. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally as you chop the cauliflower. Coarsely chop the cauliflower -- it doesn't need to be in individual florets or anything special, just a quick coarse chop. Add the 3 and 1/2 cups cauliflower and stir to coat in everything. Add in the 2 cans coconut milk, 1 can crushed tomatoes, and 1 cup vegetable stock. Stir and bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 18-25 minutes or until veggies are tender. Remove lid and stir occasionally -- every 7 or so minutes. (Check tenderness by piercing with a fork; if sweet potatoes pierce easily, they're ready). While the curry is simmering, I like to cook up some basmati rice (See Note 2).
  • FINISHING: Stir in the 3/4 cup frozen peas and 1/3 cup diced cilantro. If desired, add in some fresh lime juice or serve lime wedges with individual plates. Serve over cooked basmati rice, with naan bread, and enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: If you're vegan, make sure the red curry paste is vegan; Thai Kitchen® brand is vegan.
Note 2: Here's how I cook basmati rice:
  • Measure the rice and rinse it in a fine-mesh sieve until the water runs clear.
  • Place the rice in a bowl and cover it with water to soak for about 5-10 minutes.
  • While the rice is soaking, fill a large pot with water and set to boil.
  • Once the water is at a rolling boil, drain the rice and add it to the pot.
  • Cook without reducing the heat, for 5 minutes and then drain and fluff with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 6servings | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.7g | Protein: 5.9g | Fat: 25.4g | Sodium: 304.2mg | Fiber: 5.8g | Sugar: 8.6g

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight, sooo yummy! I had been waiting patiently for you to post it since you mentioned it a few days ago. It was worth the wait! It will make a regular appearance on our menu! Love a good vegan recipe!

    1. I am seriously so happy to read this! And I’m so happy you loved it! Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight, with some changes. I substituted cauliflower for carrots, and didn’t add garam masala (doubled the curry powder instead) or vegetable stock (my pot was too small D: ) and added 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Made it with coconut jasmine rice and really enjoyed! I’ll definitely make it again!

  3. I can’t say what I really want to say. This tasted like S..T. I left out a few spices and only used curry powder. It is so bitter we can’t eat. All that time and prep wasted. Plus wasted money.

    1. I’m sure it could be pretty bitter with spices left out! Sorry you didn’t enjoy this recipe; we make it a lot and never found it bitter when using all the ingredients called for

    2. So… you didn’t bother to follow the recipe, and then wonder why it didn’t taste good? Seems to me the wasted time and money is on you.

    3. It sounds like the garlic was overcooked, which is easy to do and burnt garlic makes everything in the batch taste bitter. I use jarred minced garlic and add it with the spices so it on!y cooks for a minute or two before the other veggies are added. Not quite as good as fresh garlic, but easier.

  4. 5 stars
    Was perfection, have made it several times in past week and given it to several people. All have stated it was amazing or words to that effect.

  5. Mine turned out looking exactly like the recipe. I substituted the red curry paste for tomato paste and added extra yellow curry powder. I also added pan fried tofu. Delicious! Will make this again with Thai Red Curry paste.

    1. Sorry, I haven’t tried freezing. I’m not sure the veggies would hold up super well, they may get mushy or watery!

  6. 5 stars
    Just made it, tastes great! The coconut seems to predominate but I’m not used to having it in anything but I do love this recipe. Thank you for your hard work in making this

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