Vegan Curry Recipes: Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Thai Curries

Vegetarian and vegetable curries from around the globe

A collection of vegetarian and vegetable curry recipes from around the world including Thai vegan curries, Indian vegetable curry and some non-traditional vegetarian and vegan curry recipes. Vegetarian curries can be eaten plain just as they are, though they are usually served with rice. For a nutritional boost, pair your homemade vegetable curry with a healthy whole grain such as quinoa, millet or even brown rice instead of white.

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  • 01 of 09

    Vegetarian Massaman Curry with Potatoes and Peanuts

    Vegetarian Massaman curry
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    With Indian origins, Chinese five-spice powder, and popular amongst Muslim communities in Southern Thailand, Massaman curry is a truly global dish. This vegetarian version of Massaman curry is a simplified version of the traditionally complex curry, but still has a distinct kick. Traditional Massaman curry ingredients are chicken and potatoes, which is why this vegetarian version uses seitan, but if you want to add veggies, I'd recommend baby corn or green peas.

  • 02 of 09

    Vegan Yellow Thai Vegetable Curry

    Make an easy homemade yellow Thai vegan curry with coconut milk, curry powder, turmeric and ginger. Two users have given this yellow vegetable curry recipe an average of 4.5 out of five stars, and both of them absolutely loved it. Though this recipe calls for potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, just about any type of vegetable could easily be substituted, as is the case with most vegetable curry recipes.

  • 03 of 09

    Vegetarian Green Thai Curry

    Thai green curry with eggplant, broccoli, carrot and cashew with rice
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    The vegetable curries of Thailand have such a unique taste due that once you try one, you'll surely remember it a long time. It's the blend of several spices that goes into a curry paste that lends each curry, whether green, yellow or red, their burst of memorable flavor. This recipe uses a store-bought green curry paste, chopped vegetarian chicken substitute (though you could use tofu, seitan or just more vegetables if you don't like or can't find mock meat) and is topped of with fresh cilantro for a final layer of flavor.

  • 04 of 09

    Tofu Tikka Masala Curry

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    This tofu tikka masala rounds out the list of vegan curries from around the world since it comes - not from India - but from the U.K. It's true - chicken tikka masala is a British dish, and not native to India at all. This version, however, made with marinated and baked tofu instead of chicken, actually comes from my friend Wendy's kitchen in Florida.

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  • 05 of 09

    Vegan Coconut Curried Vegetables

    Healthy veggies simmered in a simple coconut milk curry
    Healthy veggies simmered in a simple coconut milk curry. Photo by Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

    A variety of veggies are simmered in a quick homemade green chili paste and a variety of spices, including cumin and curry. This is a less saucy curry heavy on the vegetables, so it would be appropriate as either a side dish or an entree. If you're the type of person who usually doesn't like to eat your veggies, this vegan recipe just might change your mind about that. Delish!

  • 06 of 09

    Vegetarian Japanese Curry

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    No collection of vegetarian curry recipes would be complete without the addition of at least one Japanese-style curry. This recipe is for a Japanese eggplant curry, though you could also try adding a bit of seitan as a meat substitute or try adding some Japanese udon noodles for a full meal.

  • 07 of 09

    Easy Vegan Red Thai Curry with Vegetables and Tofu

    Vegan dish with tofu and vegetables
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    Use a store-bought vegetarian red Thai curry paste to make this simple yet delicious red Thai coconut curry with tofu, carrots and spicy Thai chilies. Or, if you like Thai red curries, here's another vegan red curry recipe to try, with fresh chopped basil and baby corn.

  • 08 of 09

    Simple Crockpot Vegan Curried Veggies

    Aloo Jeera, potato, chickpea and tomato curry seasoned with mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric, coriander, served in bowl, with Indian bread
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    Add some veggies, spices, curry powder and a bit of water to your crockpot or slow cooker, turn it on and viola! You've got a simple vegetarian Indian-style curried veggie side dish a few hours later. If you like Indian-style curried veggies, you might also want to try this Indian curried chickpeas recipe.

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  • 09 of 09

    More vegetarian Thai and Southeast Asian curries to try

    Vegetarian red curry
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