I have been very interested in very simple quick dishes lately. You know, those meals that you can literally mix in a matter of minutes with just a handful of ingredients and without chopping. The curry and coconut Ramen I made a few months ago were so incredibly good that I decided to make something similar without Ramen for those who don’t want to eat instant Ramen. This super-quick 15-minute vegetable curry is as simple as it gets, but it’s still packed with creamy and satisfying flavors!

WHAT IS VEGETABLE CURRY?

Curry can take many forms depending on which part of the world you are in, but it is important to note that this quick recipe is by no means a traditional vegetable curry. It’s a simple combination of vegetables, a coconut-based broth and store-bought curry powder. This is the type of ready-made meals that you can prepare in a university dorm, a camper van, a hotel room or at any time or place where your culinary resources are limited. It’s fast, convenient and satisfying, but no more. A real vegetable curry has fresh flavors, spices that have bloomed in the oil and several other layers of flavor.

If you want to try an authentic vegetable curry recipe, Tea for Two offers an excellent overview of Indian and Pakistani curry recipes, as well as more information about the different types of curry from this region. Or, if you’re looking for a Thai vegetable curry, check out this vegan red Curry from Hot Thai Kitchen.

WHAT KIND OF CURRY POWDER TO USE

I used a mild yellow curry powder for this recipe, but you can also use spicy curry powder if you like it spicy. Curry powder can vary from brand to brand, so it’s important to experiment and find one that you like. Some brands that I have enjoyed in the past are Sharwood’s, Spice Island and Simply Organic. But if you have an Indian market in your metro area, this is your best bet. Your spice choices are probably the freshest and most affordable. If you want to try making your own curry seasoning, check out this homemade curry powder recipe from Spice it upp.

WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD?

My goal for this recipe was to make it as simple as possible, but if you have some of these ingredients, they would also be very well mixed into the mixture:

  • Chickpea
  • Diced Tofu
  • Spinach
  • Cashew nuts
  • Green Onion
  • Sweet potato (simmer until tender)
  • Cauliflower
  • Shrimp
  • Cilantro

HOW TO SERVE A QUICK VEGETABLE CURRY

This recipe is a kind of soup, so you will probably want some kind of bread or starch to absorb all that delicious coconut broth. I like the idea of serving a rice ball on top, but you can also make Naan or your favorite flatbread to dip.

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