A mixed Vegetable Curry that packs a flavour punch, is loaded with veggies and made with common spices that you might even already have in your pantry! Based on a Caribbean curry, this tastes very similar to Indian curries. Make this as spicy as you want!
I slept 11 hours in economy class on the 14 hour flight from San Francisco to Sydney. I can hardly believe it myself.
Jet lag? What’s that? 😉
And – touch wood – the trip home was completely uneventful. No arriving home to a collapsing roof and water pouring through the ceiling, no putting petrol into my diesel car, no flat battery, the power was on so nothing was spoiled in my fridge or freezer.
Maybe my Post Holiday Curse is broken!
The Curse may be broken, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve been touched by a miracle. Specifically – I stepped on the scales, said a little prayer, looked down and pouted.
I really had high hopes that all that walking around for sight seeing burned more calories than I consumed. I know, I know. It was wishful thinking. Even when I am hit with bouts of food poisoning (which pretty much happens on every trip where I “eat on the streets”), at best the needle stays constant.
Boo to that.
But cheers to uber tasty food that just happens to be healthy. Hello Vegetable Curry!
Curries have a reputation for being difficult to make, unless you have a helping hand from a jar of curry paste.
Quite often, curries call for spices that are difficult to find in mainstream supermarkets. Unfortunately here in Australia, Indian grocery stores are not as common as Asian stores so it can be an effort to find one to locate more difficult to find spices – like Fenugreek, Asafoetida, even black mustard seeds.
So whenever I find (proper) curry recipes made with spices that are sold at my local supermarkets, I jump on them. And the spice mix for this one is probably the one I make the most, based on this Chickpea and Potato Curry (Chana Aloo Curry) which I shared a couple of years ago. It’s a Caribbean curry from Trinidad, but it tastes very similar to Indian curries. If I didn’t know it was Caribbean, I would think it was an Indian one – at least, by taste.
The original recipe I used is slightly modified from the Curry Channa and Aloo recipe from Immaculate Bites, a fantastic African/Caribbean food site. This Vegetable Curry is also based on that recipe.
Yes, this recipe calls for a lot of spices – you’ll see in the video that it looks like a lot. And it is a lot – but curries do call for a lot of spices. And the sauce for this Vegetable Curry packs a punch!
The Curry Powder
The main spice used is curry powder. These are the curry powders I typically use – but any brand should be fine, I’ve used plenty over the years.
Don’t feel restricted to just use curry powder in Indian-style curries. It’s used in all sorts of recipes, such as:
- Thai Satay Chicken and Satay Chicken Curry
- Chickpea Potato Curry – very popular with readers!
- Curried Rice
- Everyday Chicken Curry – creamy, mild Western style curry
- Easy Thai Coconut Soup
Adjust the spiciness of this curry by using a mild or hot curry powder, and adjust the amount of cayenne pepper and fresh chilli. These are the variables that affect the spiciness of this curry. Even if you used mild curry powder and left out the cayenne pepper and fresh chilli, there is still loads of flavour in this curry.
This is a Mixed Vegetable curry, and the recipe is more about the sauce than the vegetables you use. In fact, I used slightly different vegetables in the photos vs the video. Just follow the recipe quantities by volume for the vegetables and substitute with what you want.
Healthy flavour explosion. Even the hardest of hardcore carnivores would surely be satisfied with this! – Nagi xx
- 2 tbsp curry powder , mild or hot (Note 1)
- 1 tsp All Spice powder
- 1 tsp nutmeg powder (or 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg)
- 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (sub with sweet or ordinary paprika)
- 2 tsp dried thyme leaves (or 3 tsp fresh thyme leaves)
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- 1 tsp pepper (white or black)
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 large onion , diced (brown, white, yellow)
- 1 large red chilli / cayenne pepper , deseeded and finely sliced
- 2 large garlic cloves , minced
- 1 large red capsicum / bell pepper * , chopped into 1.7cm / 2/3" pieces (~1.5 cups)
- 28 oz / 800g canned crushed tomato
- 2 cups / 500 ml vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 zucchini , diced (~1 cup) *
- 2 cups sweet potato * , 1.5cm / 3/5" cubes (~225g/7.5oz)
- 2 cups cauliflower florets * , small / medium (~180g/6oz)
- 3/4 cup frozen peas *
- 2 handfuls baby spinach , optional (Note 2)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped coriander/cilantro (leaves and stems), plus more for garnish
- Salt and pepper
- Yoghurt (plain or Greek)
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 2 minutes. Add cayenne and cook until onion is translucent.
- Add Spice Mix and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 - 2 minutes until the spice is fragrant and wet. If too dry, add a tiny touch of water or oil.
- Add capsicum and zucchini, cook for 1 minute.
- Add tomato, broth, potato and cauliflower. Mix well, bring to simmer, cover, lower heat to medium.
- Simmer for 15 minutes or until potato is pretty soft, then remove lid and simmer for another 10 minutes+ until sauce is slightly thickened and potato is soft.
- Add peas, stir, cook for 2 minutes. Add coriander and spinach, stir until wilted.
- Season to taste until salt and pepper. Serve over rice. Garnish with yoghurt and more coriander.
WATCH HOW TO MAKE IT
Vegetable Curry recipe video! I use slightly different vegetables in this – more cauliflower and no zucchini.
LIFE OF DOZER
Reunited – and back to life as usual: this is how afternoon tea goes down every day. How can one enjoy tea when stinky dog breath is being breathed all over it??
And of course, assuming his usual position while photographing today’s recipe….