Vegan Curry Recipes

The 7 Best Vegan Curries to Get Your Heart Racing

The tingling of the taste buds, the pounding of the heart – it’s almost like being in love.

Curries aren’t Western by nature, but they’ve become a staple of our diets as we look further afield for taste sensations. In fact, the Brits love curry so much that for a while, their national dish — the Tikka Masala — originated from India. And curries aren’t just an Indian specialty. They hail from many other parts of Asia such as Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Japan. And they don’t have to contain meat, fish, or dairy to have flavor and density. In fact, vegan curries are some of the best out there.

What is Curry?

When prepared the Indian way, curries features coriander, cumin, and often chilli. Thai curries are fresh, fragrant and full of flavour. The most popular is the quintessential Thai Green Curry, medium-hot with a distinct coconut taste. It’s thought to have been invented during the reign of either King Rama VI or VII, around 100 years ago. When people think of Japanese food, their minds go instantly to sushi. But Japan has an array of amazing curries, not least the Katsu with those irresistible Panko crumbs. Sri Lankan and Indonesian curries are also gaining in popularity. Not surprising given their unique blends of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and pandan.

So get your mouth and eyes watering with this fabulous selection of curry recipes from around the world.

Jackfruit curry | Olive

1. Sri Lankan Young Jackfruit Curry

The jack tree, a species in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family, is found in the region between the Western Ghats of southern India and the rainforests of Malaysia. But make this young jackfruit curry and you’ll be feasting like a genuine Sri Lankan. This dish is topped with deep-fried shallots and curry leaves. But shop-bought crispy onions are a handy cheat.

Find the recipe here.

7 Vegan Curries
Thai Curry | Lazy Cat Kitchen

2. Thai Green Curry

Being vegan can complicate Thai cooking slightly. Shrimp paste and fish sauce seem to be essential ingredients in Thai curry paste. That said, lemongrass and lime leaves are now fairly easy to get hold of – they can both be found in large supermarkets or your local Asian store. If you can bear to wait, allow the curry flavours to develop overnight as this aromatic dish always tastes better the day after it has been made.

Find the recipe here.

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Lentil Curry | Yup It’s Vegan

3. Indian-inspired Lentil Spinach Curry with Coconut Rice

This fatigue-fighting curry is packed with iron-rich lentils and spinach. With its short and easy ingredients list, it’s perfect for a weeknight supper and freezes beautifully so can be enjoyed multiple times. Plus, the coconut rice is the perfect foil to the spicy sauce.

Find the recipe here.

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Balinese curry | Curated Life Studios

4. Balinese Yellow Curry with Coconut Milk

Balinese curry paste is traditionally prepared using herbs and spices such as kencur root, galangal, candlenuts, salam leaves and coconut milk. If these ingredients aren’t available to you, ginger can be used instead of kencur root, lemon zest instead of lemongrass and macadamia nuts as a replacement to candlenuts. And forget the food processor! Combine the paste ingredients together using a mortar and pestle. You get a fuller flavour than a spinning blade. Plus brighter colours and a bolder taste! Favourite accompaniments include fluffy jasmine rice, fresh coriander leaves, or a handful of bean sprouts.

Find the recipe here.

Vegan Curry
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5. Indian Cauliflower Curry

Super finely chopped onions along with the canned diced tomatoes are crucial for creating the base sauce for this cauliflower curry. Many curry recipes will even recommend blending the onions and tomatoes in a food processor.
And don’t be overwhelmed with the amount of spices used – this is normal in Indian cuisine. But do make sure you fry them long enough to become fragrant. Make this dish more spicy by adding fresh chilli when you sauté the ginger, garlic and onions. And have a glass of water on standby.

Find the recipe here.

Katsu Curry
Japanese Curry | Okonomi Kitchen

6. Authentic Japanese Curry

Curry rice, or kare rice, was introduced to Japan around the late 1800s by the British when India was under the colonial rule. How international! Originally a stew mixed with curry powder served to the Japanese Imperial Navy, the dish was adapted to suit local tastes and is now super-popular.  Japanese curry is much thicker, sweeter, and less spicy than Indian or Thai curry. Plus it has surprise seasonings such as apples or pickles. Enjoy!

Find the recipe here.

Laksa Curry
Laksa Curry | Vegan Richa

7. Malaysian Curry Laksa Soup

This Laksa curry is super flavourful, anti-inflammatory and delightful. The paste can be made at home and used whenever you want a bowl of the soup or a quick stir fry. The spices are toasted then blended or processed with herbs, aromatics, fresh turmeric root and some cashews. Then the paste is roasted to release the flavours. Fresh turmeric root adds the bright colour to this laksa paste. Use ground turmeric if you can’t get your hands on the fresh root. Just remember, turmeric stains, so work carefully whether using fresh or dry!

Find the recipe here.

Love curries? You might also want to check out our vegan soup list, too. It’s packed with must-make goodness.

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