This vegan coconut curry is creamy and rich yet tangy and fresh from the tomato. The coconut milk and lemongrass bring Thai flavors and the spices bring Indian flavors, and together they create something uniquely comforting and flavorful!
Curry is one of my favorite dishes! Growing up, we'd often have curry nights. My mom would make Thai green curry with chicken and eggplant for her and my dad, but because it was too spicy for my brother and me, she'd make a pot of sweet Japanese curry. To me, curry is something you eat at home so I rarely ever order it if I'm eating out!
During my first year of college, my then boyfriend took me to a curry restaurant near our campus. It was a hole in the wall, with only about 10 items on the menu. Their curries were a delicious fusion of Indian and Thai curry, and were delicious!
I haven't been to that restaurant in over 10 years, but I find myself craving that unique curry from time to time, and had to try recreating it myself! And what better dish to honor World Vegan Month?
How to make vegan coconut curry
Heat coconut oil in a pot and add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, and lemongrass. Once the spices become aromatic and start sizzling, add the onion and salt, and sautée for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, and sautée for an additional minute. Add the cayenne pepper, bay leaf, tomatoes and water to the pot. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Take the bay leaf and lemongrass out, and purée the curry in a blender until smooth. Add a can of your favorite coconut milk (my favorite is Chef's Choice coconut milk, of course!) and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
What vegetables should I add?
You can add any vegetables you like to this vegan curry, but I like to eat in season, so I've added kabocha squash, lotus root, and maitake mushrooms!
I would serve this with rice or quinoa and a salad on the side for a more balanced meal! If you want some greens but don't want to go through the hassle of making a side salad, add some spinach to the curry and cook it until it wilts.
If you're looking for a savory and flavorful dish to warm you up, this vegan coconut curry is it! Although I've combined Thai flavors with Indian spices, it's not quite Thai curry, not quite Indian curry; it's its own dish that's so delish!
Want more vegan comfort food? Try some Japanese cream stew or jackfruit rice stuffing! Both perfect for those days you want to stay in and cozy up in a blanket!
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Vegan Coconut Curry
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 2 cloves
- 2 stalks lemongrass, outer skin peeled and chopped into quarters
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 can (14oz/400g) whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 cup (240ml) water
- 1 can (14oz/400g) Chef's Choice coconut milk
- 7oz (200g) lotus root, peeled and sliced
- ¼ medium kabocha squash, sliced
- 7oz (200g) maitake mushrooms, stems cut off
- Heat the coconut oil in a pot over medium heat, and add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, and lemongrass. Once the spices become aromatic and start to sizzle, add the onions and salt, and sautée for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook for an additional minute.
- Add cayenne pepper, bay leaf, tomatoes, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Let it cool slightly
- While the curry is simmering, heat a pan with some extra coconut oil (or any other oil of choice) and cook the lotus root, kabocha squash, and maitake mushrooms. You may have to do this in a few batches, depending on the size of your pan. Cook the vegetables until they're golden on both sides. Take them out onto a plate until ready to serve.
- Take the bay leaf and lemongrass out. Using either a blender or immersion blender, purée the curry and pour it back into the pot. Add coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve in a bowl and top with cooked vegetables.
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Jazzy's Mama says
I haven't had curry yet but it sounds delicious!
I love curry but am always stuck on what to make my mother in law when she comes for dinner as she is vegan! Will be trying this recipe out sounds delicious!
This curry looks so delicious. I should easily be able to find all these ingredients at my local store too. Yay!
The color is so rich and beautiful. This looks wonderful.
I don't think I've ever had a Thai/Indian fusion curry before, and I love curries. And I KNOW I've never had lotus root in a curry. I look forward to trying both!
Lisa Ho says
Your photos are awesome. I feel like grabbing a bowl.
Give me a bowl of curry anytime, love curries 😀
Thank you Lisa!! I've been trying to improve my photography 🙂
Jacqueline Debono says
I love curries with coconut! I have also never tried lotus root. Have to look out for it!
If you happen to find it, do try it out! I love how starchy it is but also how crunchy it is!
Looks and sounds like a fabulous comfort food! Like others that posted here... I've never tried lotus root, so looking forward to trying it!
Hope you get to try it out 🙂
Nart | Cooking with Nart says
I've never used lotus roots in my curries before but they look so good that I'd like to try now!
Curry is unavoidable in our household and I love any curry. I love you used coconut milk in this recipe.
I need to respond because most of the people who rated this hadn't tried it, but I have. It's absolutely scrumptious. I would eat it any time, again and again. My husband loved it and he's normally not big on squash. I bought prepared (slicked and packaged in water) lotus root from the Japanese market, which I wouldn't recommend as the texture wasn't quite right, but the flavours were amazing! I used squash and chard...and I think green beans. Totally scrumptious!
Thank you SO much Stacy! Your comment totally put a smile on my face! I'm so glad you and your husband loved my curry recipe! Adding squash, chard, and green beans sounds deeeelicious!
It's hard when all the comments are from people who haven't even cooked the recipe. I have though. I have made it many times and it's now one of my favorite "go to" recipes. Honestly it is SOOO delicious...with any vegetables you like. I usually do kabocha, tofu, and chard...sometimes green beans. The mushrooms would be delicious too but hubby doesn't like them. Thank YOU!
haha...wow. i love it so much i had to comment twice and didn't even realize it!
Hahaha thank you SO much Stacy! I'm so glad you love this curry❤️