Healthy Vegetarian Curry Recipes

From slow cooker entrées to vegetable side dishes and salads, find our collection of flavorful meatless curries.

West Indian Vegetable Curry - Recipes

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West Indian Vegetable Curry

Bring the taste of the Caribbean Islands to your kitchen with this inspired side dish. Hindu immigrant workers brought wet and dry curry mixtures to Trinidad and Tobago. Here a habanero pepper is added for a brief time while the mixture simmers to impart subtle heat without overpowering the dish. Calabaza, also called West Indian pumpkin, has a brilliant orange, firm, sweet flesh, much like acorn or butternut squash. This vegetable dish is often served over rice or with coo-coo, the Caribbean rendition of soft polenta.

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Vegetable and Chickpea Curry - Recipes

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Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

Aromatic Indian spices infuse this vegetarian dish with an exotic blend of flavors while coconut milk creates a creamy finish. Serve over quick-cooking couscous.

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Thai-Style Vegetable Curry - Recipes

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Thai-Style Vegetable Curry

Make our homemade Vegetable Stock ahead and this nutrient-packed Thai-style curry featuring fresh ginger (learn how to prepare fresh ginger), carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, and fresh spinach comes together quickly. Serve over hot cooked rice noodles.

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Fall Vegetable Curry - Recipes

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Fall Vegetable Curry

Embrace Indian flavors and the best of fall produce by making this quick, weeknight meal that only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. No Madras curry powder? Try 1 1/2 teaspoons regular curry and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper for a substitute.

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Tofu with Red Curry Paste, Peas, and Yellow Tomatoes - Recipes

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Tofu with Red Curry Paste, Peas, and Yellow Tomatoes

The red curry paste featured in this recipe is a blend of clarified butter (ghee), curry powder, vinegar, and other seasonings. Use either Indian or Asian curry paste; it comes in mild and hot versions, so adjust the heat to suit your preference.

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Curried Noodles with Tofu - Recipes

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Curried Noodles with Tofu

Coconut milk gives this meatless dish a velvety richness. Look for green curry paste in the Asian foods section of your supermarket. Use it conservatively, though a little goes a long way.

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Curried Quinoa Salad with Cucumber-Mint Raita - Recipes

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Curried Quinoa Salad with Cucumber-Mint Raita

This Indian-inspired dish features quinoa, a high-protein grain that cooks relatively quickly. We like the heat that Madras curry powder brings, but use regular curry powder if you prefer.

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Chickpea and Spinach Curry - Recipes

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Chickpea and Spinach Curry

In less than 10 minutes, this fiber-rich dish is ready for dinner. Serve with warm pitas or over basmati rice. You can top with a dollop of low-fat plain yogurt to contrast the earthy spices.

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Indian-Style Tofu and Cauliflower Chutney - Recipes

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Indian-Style Tofu and Cauliflower Chutney

This dish is a riff on the Indian dish aloo gobi, with tofu standing in for traditional potatoes. Sprinkle with cilantro for a burst of distinctive fresh flavor.

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Chickpea Curry with Yogurt - Recipes

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Chickpea Curry with Yogurt

Whole milk yogurt contributes a silky, creamy texture to this mild Indian vegetarian stew. Serve with steamed or sautéed spinach and Indian bread. Replicate naan, the Indian flatbread, by cooking flour tortillas in a grill pan or cast-iron skillet until blackened in spots. The cinnamon sticks and bay leaves are removed before the dish is served, but the cardamom pods are more difficult to fish out. Be careful as you eat not to bite into one.

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Spicy Yellow Soybean, Lentil, and Carrot Curry - Recipes

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Spicy Yellow Soybean, Lentil, and Carrot Curry

This meatless meal offers plenty of protein thanks to lentils and soybeans (look for canned soybeans next to the garbanzo beans in the supermarket). Don't forget to add a dollop of yogurt for a cool contrast to the heat.

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