vegetable curry

Vegetable Curry

This vegetable curry is delicious and satisfying. Perfect when the temperatures start to drop. The warming curry spices are very comforting but also help to activate digestion and circulation.

This is comfort food for me.  The warm curry spices and the full belly satisfaction afterwards makes me want to make this every week.

In this recipe you can really use a variety of vegetables, please try different combinations. I usually have on hand, celery, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli. But try sweet potatoes, squash, green beans, kale, spinach, turnips, kohlrabi. Get creative.

This is a mild curry, but if you like extra spiciness, add some cayenne powder.

You can print the recipe by jumping to the bottom of the post, but the following directions show you steps with pictures.

Chop one yellow onion, one carrot and two stalks of celery. Add these to large high sided skillet or soup pan. Over medium high heat, sauté until onions soften.

chopped onion, carrot and celery

Chop one stalk of broccoli, separating florets, peel the stalk and then chop the stem. Chop 1 cup of cauliflower into small florets.

cauliflower and broccoli

Gather 1/2 cup of red lentils, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of coconut milk and 1tablespoon of curry powder. red lentils, curry, tomatoes and coconut milk

Add the chopped cauliflower and stems of broccoli to the pan along with the tomatoes, lentils and curry. Fill the tomato can 1/2 full with water and add to the pan and stir everything together. curry ingredientsThen add the can of coconut milk. Full fat or lite can be used. add coconut milk

Stir together and bring to a simmer, cook uncovered for about 15 minutes. curry cookingThen add the broccoli florets and cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes. The lentils and vegetable should be tender. If it is too thick add a 1/4 cup more water. broccoli floretsWhen the vegetables are tender stir in 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro and serve!! This fills the kitchen with a warm curry aroma and tastes fantastic.

Curry Red Lentils

Curry with your choice of vegetables and creamy red lentils.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: coconut milk, curry, plant-based, red lentils, vegan, vegetables
Author: Chef Kim


  • knife
  • large skillet or soup pot


  • ½ cup red lentils
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 broccoli stalk
  • 1 can coconut milk light
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water more if needed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro


  • Heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add onion, celery and carrot, sauté for 5 minutes until onion has softened.
  • Chop veggies, separate the broccoli florets from stem, peal the stem and chop.
  • Add all ingredients, except broccoli florets and cilantro, stir to mix and bring to a boil. Stir again, lower the heat to keep the mixture at a slow simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli florets and cook until lentils and the vegetables are tender. Turn off heat and stir in cilantro.
  • Serve with rice or naan and a lime wedge (optional)

Roasted Chimichurri Bowl

This is a nice collection of roasted vegetables with a grain that is topped with creamy chimichurri herb sauce and avocado. You can make it your own by varying the roasted vegetables and grain.

I used brown Jasmine rice, Portabella mushrooms, bell peppers, red onion, garlic, rainbow carrots, and kale.

Cook rice by combining 1 cup of rice per 2 cups of water, bring to a boil and then cover and lower temperature to low and simmer for 35 minutes. Strain off extra liquid.  To roast the vegetables, cut vegetables into 1 inch thick slices, and lay on a roasting pan lined with parchment. Brush olive oil over each vegetable and sprinkle with salt.  Roast in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes.  To roast the kale, wash and remove stem, tearing leaves into large pieces. drizzle with olive oil and massage to coat the leaves. Spread onto a parchment lined pan and roast for 10 minutes until softened and slightly crisp.

To make the chimichurri sauce, blend together one bunch each of chopped parsley and cilantro, a couple stems of mint, a teaspoon of dried oregano, 1/2 cup olive oil, and the juice of one lime, 1 teaspoon each of coconut aminos and cider vinegar and one clove of garlic. Blend this until smooth.  Spoon this over the rice and vegetables.  This sauce can also be used as a dip or sandwich spread, or added to soups and dressings to ramp up the flavor.

Varying the vegetables and substituting millet, quinoa, buckwheat groats, and even oats cooked in a broth will allow you to make this dish with what you might have on hand, while keeping the flavors fresh and the nutrients dense and filling.

I hope you enjoy this warming dish, which is full of antioxidant and immune boosting nutrients.