When you’re craving something warm, comforting, AND healthy for dinner, look no further than Curry. Did you know that curry simply means a dish prepared in a sauce of strong spices? So although we may think of curry as a specific blend of spices, in actuality a wide variety of spice blends would all count as curry.
Historically, whenever I had the opportunity to get a curry at a restaurant I would go for it! I was totally intimidated to make it at home, so the only time I got it was when we went out to eat. Eventually, I decided this is crazy. It can’t be that hard to make, right? So I trolled the internet for some recipes and gave it a try. To my surprise and delight, it was super easy and delicious!
In the following recipe, I used the already blended curry powder available at my local market. If, however, you’re lucky enough to come across a French Vadouvan Curry Powder use that; it’s amazing!! Or for the adventurous, experiment with your own blends.
Easy & Delicious Vegetable Curry
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, peeled & chopped
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped
- 3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped OR 1 small butternut squash, peeled & chopped
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 ½ Tbsp curry powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
Step 1: Heat the coconut oil in a dutch oven on medium heat, add the curry powder, and combine with oil.
Step 2: Add the onions and cook until they become translucent; about 3-4 minutes.
Step 3: Add the cauliflower and carrots (or squash) and cook until they soften; about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Add the coconut milk, salt, and pepper
Step 5: Cook another 10 minutes or more to allow flavors to blend. The longer it cooks the more tender the vegetables and the more the flavors will meld.
Notes: Feel free to mix this up with whatever veggies you prefer. There’s no one right way to make a curry.
I also sometimes turn this into a Chicken Curry by adding 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cubed); cook until brown between Steps 2 and 3.
Enjoy over rice, cauliflower rice, or another whole grain of your choice.
Besides being delicious and comforting, the spice blends in curry dishes are also fabulous for boosting the immune system and lowering inflammation.
So, what are you waiting for? Give it a try and let me know what you think.