Vegan Yellow Thai Curry With Mixed Vegetables

Vegan yellow thai curry

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
201 Calories
13g Fat
21g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 201
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 563mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 65mg 323%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 573mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you like exploring different vegetarian and vegan Thai food recipes at home, you'll definitely want to give this simple and easy yellow Thai curry recipe a shot. Made with coconut milk, potatoes, broccoli, fresh ginger, and plenty of spices, this aromatic dish brings a load of nutrition in one bowl thanks to the plentiful vitamins and antioxidants in cruciferous vegetables, but also the anti-inflammatory qualities in turmeric. Our dish is very low in fat; besides the naturally occurring fats in coconut milk there is no added oil.

If you're new to vegetarian or Thai cooking, this is a simple recipe to start out with. What makes this simple homemade vegan curry recipe so effortless to prepare is that there is no need to use a store-bought or pre-made curry paste. Instead, the recipe is seasoned and colored with curry powder, turmeric, and chili sauce. Our version simplifies the making of the paste using powder to create a wonderfully flavorful and filling dish. By using already cooked vegetables, we cut the active cooking time to barely 15 minutes. Serve it with Jasmine rice or quinoa.

If you are a fan of curries and are keeping a vegan approach to eating, ask first before ordering at a restaurant as many curries have oil but some use ghee instead.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 cup vegetable broth

  • 1 medium potato (cooked and cubed)

  • 2 medium carrots (cooked and sliced)

  • 1 cup broccoli florets (cooked)

  • 1/2 head cauliflower (in florets; cooked)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (grated or minced)

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder

  • 3 tablespoons chili sauce

  • 1/3 teaspoon sea salt (sea salt or kosher)

  • Optional:

    1 lime (juiced)

  • Optional:

    1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Thai curry
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  2. Place the coconut milk and vegetable broth in a large pot and give it a quick stir. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer.

    Put broth and coconut milk in a pot
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  3. Add in the cooked potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower and allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes, stirring once or twice.

    Add in vegetables
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  4. Add in the ginger, sugar, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, chili sauce, and salt and stir to combine well.

    Add in spices
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  5. Allow your yellow curry to continue to cook over medium-low heat for 3 to 5 more minutes, or until the vegetables are all tender.

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  6. Taste, and adjust the seasonings as desired. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and top it all off with the optional fresh cilantro.

    Season to taste
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  7. Serve and enjoy!

What Is the Difference Between Curry Paste and Curry Powder?

The difference is substantial, even if both products are delicious: curry paste is moist and made out of wet ingredients like galangal, lemongrass, and chilies, whereas curry powder is a mixture of dried spices that aim to imitate the flavors present in Indian curries. Traditional Thai curries use curry paste. Western takes on Indian curries use curry powder, while true Indian cuisine doesn't.

But more and more, the use of curry powder and its many variations to imitate Indian and Thai flavors has become a shortcut to inject dishes with wonderful aromatic flavors—without the added time of grinding and chopping several ingredients.

Other Flavorful and Nutritious Additions

This vegetable curry is loaded with flavors and textures, but there's room in our recipe to make it even more delicious:

  • Add protein with tofu: Press and cube one pack of extra firm tofu, and quickly pan fry it on a non-stick pan for a few minutes. Added it to the curry before serving.
  • Add fiber and color with other vegetables: pretty much any vegetable has room in the curry. Think red, green, or yellow peppers, snap peas, green beans, zucchinis, turnips, parsnips, or purple cauliflower. Just be sure they are cooked before adding them into the curry.
  • Add fresh herbs: besides the optional cilantro, add other fresh herbs like Thai basil (milder in flavor than Italian basil) or parsley.
  • Add coconut cream for a thicker curry: use coconut cream instead of coconut milk for a richer curry. Note that the cream will greatly thicken the dish, so add water or vegetable broth to taste until you achieve the preferred consistency.
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