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Surprisingly Easy Vegan Curry Recipes That Anyone Can Master

Making Curry at Home Can Be Easy

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Whether it's Thai, Indian, or Japanese curry, everyone has a go-to favorite dish that's packed with flavor. There are so many ingredients! So we compiled 11 easy, vegan curry recipes that save you time, money, and calories. The best part about DIY curry is you can make it exactly how you want. Hold the mushrooms, add some tofu, kick the heat up a notch—it's all up to you.

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Vegan Chickpea Curry with Potatoes

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This recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish so it's perfect for when you're starving but don't feel like cooking a huge meal. Chickpeas and peas are a perfect way to add protein to a vegetarian dish, while carrots are loaded with vitamins C and A.

Get the recipe: Vegan Chickpea Curry with Potatoes

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Vegan Curry Over Zucchini Noodles

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For cold evenings when you're craving pasta but would rather cut back on the carbs, zucchini noodles are the way to go. All you have to do is combine the curry ingredients together in a blender and toss the sauce over the zoodles and voilà—dinner is served. Not a fan of zucchini? Feel free to swap it out for carrots, beets, sweet potato, or other ideas for spiralized veggies here.

Get the recipe: Vegan Curry Over Zucchini Noodles

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Vegan Tofu and Peanut Butter Curry

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While most curry recipes use coconut milk for a creamy consistency, this tofu dish switches things up by using peanut butter. And seriously who doesn't love peanut butter? (It can actually help you lose weight, too.) Tofu is a great source of protein if you're looking for a meatless meal that won't leave you feeling hungry in a few hours. The addition of cauliflower and broccoli, which are loaded with fiber and magnesium, makes for a perfect combo for this delicious vegan meal.

Get the recipe: Tofu and Peanut Butter Curry

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Vegan Vegetable Green Curry

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When it comes to curry spice-levels, green curry is a little on the milder side, so it will please any palate while still being crazy flavorful. This green curry recipe is filled to the brim with healthy vegetables, so you'll be full and satisfied with a meal that only took you 30 minutes to make.

Get the recipe: Vegetable Green Curry

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Vegan Chickpea Pumpkin Coconut Curry

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Pumpkin often gets chalked up to being a basic girl's favorite fall flavor, but did you know this squash is loaded with immune-boosting vitamin A? This curry recipe is the perfect comfort food that won't leave you lagging. Throw it over rice or eat it solo. Can't get enough pumpkin? Try these delicious pumpkin recipes to squash your cravings.

Get the recipe: Chickpea Pumpkin Coconut Curry

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Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

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If you're looking for a way to add a little sweetness to a spicy dish, the answer is sweet potatoes. These orange spuds balance out the heat from curry sauce and leave plenty of room in your bowl for chickpeas, onions, and rice to soak up all those incredible flavors.

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

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Vegan Sweet Corn Curry

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This Indian curry uses fresh corn as a main ingredient, but the canned variety will do during the off-season. It also calls for fresh spices that you'll grind into a homemade curry spice blend, but again, store-bought varieties will work just as well. (If you've got some extra time on your hands try making cauliflower rice for even more veggies loaded into one meal.)

Get the recipe: Sweet Corn Curry

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Vegan Crispy Potato Curry

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As much as we love the chickpea and curry combo, sometimes you just need to switch up your flavors. This recipe does just that, using crispy potatoes as a unique way to add some substance to a vegan dish. Along with a handful of delicious spices, you'll also drop in some jalapeños, which can add just enough kick to satisfy your taste buds.

Get the recipe: Crispy Potato Curry

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Vegan Jackfruit Curry

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Never tried jackfruit? This staple in vegan cooking is seriously versatile. (These 10 jackfruit recipes will show you what you've been missing.) This fruit has a meaty texture and minimal flavor that work perfectly to soak up your incredible curry sauce

Get the recipe: Easy Vegan Jackfruit Curry

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Vegan Slow Cooker Lentil Curry

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Slow cookers are perfect for people with active lifestyles who just don't have tons of time to spend in the kitchen. For this vegan curry recipe, all you have to do is drop the ingredients into a slow cooker and let it cook for a few hours. By the time you get out of the shower after a crisp fall run, you'll find your meal ready and waiting for you. Plus, it makes for great leftovers.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Lentil Curry

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Roasted Smoked Eggplant Curry

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Eggplant is a great protein swap if you want a meaty texture without, you know, the meat. It has a ton of flavor and is loaded with fiber, so throwing it into a curry dish is sure to keep things filling but still healthy. (Find more creative ways to cook with eggplant, like eggplant pizza.)

Get the recipe: Roasted Smoked Eggplant Curry

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Rabbit Pose Variation

  • From all fours, tuck toes and place crown of head gently on the ground.
  • Reach hands back and cup feet.
  • Gently round back, spread shoulder blades down and away from ears, and press feet away to open up shoulders and spine.
  • Breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths, being careful to keep weight in lower body, and not on head.
  • Note: The full expression of the pose has spine fully rounded, nose close to knees, and tops of feet on the ground, but for safety purposes, it is advisable to start with this variation.

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Fish Pose

  • Sit with legs long and in front of you.
  • Bring hands—palms on ground, fingertips facing forward—under butt, reaching elbows toward one another.
  • Bend elbows, release forearms to the ground and lean into them, keep them parallel to one another.
  • Lift your chest up toward the ceiling so that your back is arched. Allow head to relax down toward the ground.
  • Breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.

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Shoulder Stand Variation

  • If doing without the preceding pose: Lie faceup on the ground with the knees bent, feet on the floor, and arms on either side. Soften knees and press arms into the ground to reach feet up toward the ceiling and then back behind you (any amount that feels good on your neck) to plow pose.
  • Now you are in plow pose, where we left off: Place your hands on lower back for support and try to keep elbows about shoulder-width apart.
  • Soften through the knees and, one at a time, reach feet toward the ceiling.
  • When you feel steady, bend knees and wrap right leg around left leg, hooking right foot on the side of left leg.
  • Breathe here for at least 5 to 10 deep breaths, before uncrossing the legs and repeating on the other side.
  • To come out, uncross your legs, soften knees back toward forehead, come back to plow, and (using arms as brakes) slowly lower back onto the mat one vertebra at a time. You can move directly into fish pose, or take a break.

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Twisted Plow

  • Lie on back with knees bent, feet on the floor and arms on either side.
  • Soften knees and press arms into the ground to reach feet up toward the ceiling and then back behind you—any amount that feels okay for your neck.
  • When feet are on the ground behind you, take hands in a clasp on the mat.
  • Walk feet to the left side of head and (if it feels good) bend right knee to the ground outside left ear.
  • Breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths, then walk feet to the right side of head and repeat.
  • When finished, come back through center and move on to the following shoulder stand variation.

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