Creamy Coconut Vegetarian Korma
This easy to make Creamy Coconut Vegetarian Korma makes a great go-to Meatless Monday meal. It's naturally paleo and gluten-free and can easily be made vegan. Serve it with a side of basmati rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice for a quick and delicious dinner.
Is there anything better than a bowl of curry to make you feel good? Indian is some of my all-time favorite comfort food, and a vegetarian korma is right up there with my fav curries.
Seriously, if I had to choose a last meal, I'd never be able to. I'd want Indian curry, Thai curry, some Chinese food for sure, Mexican (obvs!), a giant pan of lasagna, and some Greek food. There's clearly too much delicious food out there. How's a girl to choose her fav?!!
One thing's for sure, this vegetarian korma would be part of the giant last meal smorgasbord. It's so rich and creamy and has TONS of flavor. It's also naturally paleo (awesome!) and can easily be made vegan (double awesome!!)
Clear out your fridge with this coconut vegetarian korma recipe
The thing I love about making vegetarian korma (aside from the fact that it is SO EASY to whip up last minute) is that the recipe is really flexible. You can mix and match the veggies and use whatever you like and have on hand.
I sometimes like to add some medium tofu to the mix. It has a texture similar to the Indian cheese, paneer. If you want to make this into not a vegetarian korma, you could definitely add some chicken.
I love to serve this with some quinoa on the side, but my handsome man prefers traditional basmati rice. He usually wins.
One thing we always do is order some naan to go with it. There's little Indian restaurant at the end of the block that makes great naan, but terrible curry. Seriously, it's so bad that the one time I ordered it I couldn't even finish it. It was completely flavorless. Anyway, we always order naan from them, and I think they laugh at our weird takeout order every time.
Curry has always been feel-good comfort food in our house. It's a go-to dinner when we want something familiar and warm. It's also super easy to make and next to impossible to mess up. If you run out of one of the spices, you can always add a little extra of another spice. Curries, like this vegetarian korma, are flexible and you definitely don't need to stress over them.
Most of the time, I add coconut milk to my curry recipes. We love how creamy it makes the curry without having to add any dairy. It also adds a delicious flavor that we can't live without.
We like to top the vegetarian korma with some crunchy cashews, sweet raisins, and a little lemon. I've listed them as optional ingredients, but I wouldn't recommend skipping them. They're my favorite part!
Enjoy, my friends!
Easy Vegan Curry Recipes:
- Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry
- Black Chickpea Curry
- Coconut Black Lentil Curry
- Chickpea Tofu and Eggplant Curry
- Coconut Acorn Squash Curry
- Ginger Coconut Lentil Soup
This easy to make Creamy Coconut Vegetarian Korma makes a great go-to Meatless Monday meal. It's naturally paleo and gluten-free and can easily be made vegan. Serve it with a side of rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice for a quick and delicious dinner.
For the veggies:
- 2 medium potatoes, cut into small, bite-sized pieces
- 4 cups mixed chopped vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, beans, bell peppers, corn, and peas all work well)
For the vegetarian korma sauce:
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, smashed with the back of a knife
- 1 5.5-ounce can of tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon each: curry powder and garam masala
- 1 1/2 teaspoons each: cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom
- 1–2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon each: ground cloves, fennel, fenugreek and chili flakes
- 1 400ml can of coconut milk
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup yogurt (omit or use vegan yogurt for vegan)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (sub coconut sugar or honey for paleo)
- Top with any or all: cashews, cilantro, lemon, and raisins
- Add the potatoes to a medium-sized pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Let the potatoes boil for 5 minutes then add the rest of the veggies to the pot. Let them boil for another 5 minutes then drain the pot and set it aside.
- While the veggies are cooking, start preparing the vegetarian korma sauce. Heat the oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the tomato paste and all of the spices. Stir well then return the pot to the heat. When the spices are fragrant and the tomato paste caramelized, after about 1 minute, add the coconut milk, cashews, lemon juice and 1 1/4 cups of water. Let the pot boil for 5 minutes to soften the cashews.
- Working in batches, blend the curry until it is smooth then add it back to the pot. Stir through the yogurt and brown sugar and add more sea salt, if needed. Stir the veggies into the curry and serve immediately topped with any or all of the toppings.