If you’re looking for healthy and easy curry recipes, you’ve come to the right place. These curry meals are vegetable-packed and with an Indianinspired spice mix that makes for great dinner ideas.

Take your pick from vegetable, lentil, tofu, and chickpea variations – all vegan and vegetarianfriendly. We’re sure that you will find your next curry recipe favorite here.

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Our curries are inspired by the South Asian Cuisines of India and Nepal. We’ve tested many variations of curries, and we’ve found that the secret to a good curry is in the spice blend, flavor base, and simmering:

  1. We use spices such as curry powder, turmeric, and garam masala to recreate those warm Indian flavors that make curries irresistible.
  2. The process is simple: toast the spices with garlic and ginger. This creates a flavor base that will infuse the curry with a subtle, mouth-warming, yet fresh and zesty aroma.
  3. Then simmer the legume, tofu, or vegetable with the spices in a creamy sauce of coconut milk, canned tomatoes, and vegetable broth.
curry spice mix

Our Best easy Curry recipes

There are lots of plantbased options for making aromatic and amazingly creamy curries.

Choose from wholesome legumes like chickpeas and lentils or chewy chickenlike tofu for your next curry meal.

1. Lentil curry

You’ll get plenty of rich and creamy texture and a little bite with this lentil curry. It’s a creamy and flavorful meal, perfect for those who love oriental flavors.

There’s no meat in this curry, just plant-based goodness, so you will enjoy a wholesome and fiber-rich meal.

lentil curry with red lentils and basmati rice

2. Tofu curry

No need for chicken or beef with this chewy and fulfilling tofu curry recipe. This easy tofu curry is simple, healthy, tasty, family-friendly, nutritious, and fulfilling, and everyone at the table will take seconds.

tofu curry

3. Chickpea curry

Here’s an easy and quick meal that you can make with simple ingredients and some spices in one pot in a little over 30 minutes. Chickpea curry is a creamy plantbased meal that is easily tailored to your taste; add your favorite veggies and you’ll have a complete meal.

chickpea curry on a plate with rice

4. Eggplant curry

Eggplants are excellent for curry because they soak up all the flavor from the spices and become soft and buttery as they simmer in the sauce. This eggplant curry is fork-tender, perfectly spices, and endlessly creamy, a real family favorite.

Eggplant curry with white rice

5. Cauliflower curry

This cauliflower curry is an easy vegetable-packed meal! Once you’ve toasted the spices with garlic, ginger, and onion, you can literally add all other ingredients to the pot and let them cook. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious homemade cauliflower curry that is flavorful and nutritious.

cauliflower curry with chickpeas

6. Sweet potato curry

While we love sweet potatoes in all forms and shapes, this sweet potato curry recipe is our family’s favorite way of enjoying this colorful root vegetable. You’ll taste the mild natural sweetness of the sweet potato that melds perfectly with the spices, and absorbs their delicious aroma.

curry ready to serve

7. Chana Masala

Here’s an easy one-pot curry with affordable and easy-to-find ingredients. Chana masala is a creamywholesome, and delicious Indian dish with mixed-spiced chickpeas cooked with onion, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes.

Chana masala with rice and yogurt

8. Vegan butter chicken

Creamy, tangy, and a perfect combination of firm tofu with a balanced curry spice mix. This vegan butter chicken has hand-torn pieces of tofu that are hugged by a rich yogurt marinade and balanced with a creamy tomato sauce. Perfectly paired with Naan bread or roti flatbread.

Vegan Butter Chicken with lemon and bread

9. Thai red curry

Vegetablepacked and coconutinfused Thai red curry is a fresh and 30-minute curry idea. It’s a creamy onepot meal protein from tofu and peas, and it pairs wonderfully with white rice and a garnish of lime juice and fresh cilantro.

Thai Red curry with rice

10. Vegan curry

This vegan curry is perfect for autumn or winter weeknight dinners as it’s easy to make with a few pantry staples. You can make it with affordable ingredients, and it only needs to simmer for about 30 minutes.

vegan curry with garnish and spoon

More easy stews and one-pots

These easy and aromatic onepot meals pair well with naan bread and rice – and they’re perfect as weeknight dinners. Make them as mealprep recipes, or bring them to a putlock; they taste even better on day two or three after a quick reheating.

Turmeric-infused chickpea stew

This chickpea stew recipe is a great one-pot dinner! You can put it together casually for a quick and tasty weeknight meal or prep ahead and store it in your fridge or freezer.

You’ll only need a few spices and staple ingredientsone pot, and about 30-35 minutes of cooking time.

Chickpea Stew with spoon

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli makes the coziest family dinner ever. This authentic Italian recipe is made with simple and affordable ingredients, yet it tastes fantastic, and it’s incredibly warming and nourishing.

pasta fagioli in a white bowl with spoon

Italian bean stew

This wholesome bean stew is a simple and flavorful recipe you can make in one pot in half an hour. It’s a meal-prep-friendly dish that you can serve as a weeknight dinner with rice, couscous, polenta, or a slice of crusty bread.

Bean stew with couscous and fork

What to serve with curry

Curry pairs well with basmati rice or brown rice, but you can also serve it with naan bread or one of these side dishes:

  • Flatbread pizza with brushed olive oil and grated garlic (similar to Naan bread)
  • Piadina (an Italian flatbread similar to Indian roti) is made with three ingredients, and no proofing is needed!
  • Roti flatbread (chapati)
  • Naan brushed with a garlic oil marinade.

Serve with salad or sauces and get an extra dose of greens:

Shirazi salad with bread

Other side dishes that go well with curry are mango chutney, aloo gobi, Indian yogurt sauces such as Raita, and mint or onion paste.

For many more 30-minute meal ideas, check out our 30-minute meal category page.

Easy curries

Easy Curry Recipes

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 2 votes
These curry meals are vegetable-packed and with an Indianinspired spice mix that makes for great dinner ideas.
Chickpea curry is an easy and quick meal that you can make with simple ingredients and some spices in one pot in a little over 30 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International


  • Immersion blender or regular blender (we blend part of the curry to make it extra creamy)


  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds or ground
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder optional
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander optional
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cans (15 oz each) chickpeas or 4½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 – 2 cups vegetable stock depending on your desired consistency
  • 1 can (15 ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • ½ to 1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala optional

Serving suggestions

  • 4 wedges lemon
  • 1 handful cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 tablespoons yogurt or dairy-free yogurt
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 homemade flatbread with garlic and oil


  • In a large pot or dutch oven, gently fry a finely chopped onion on medium-low heat for 3 minutes.
    Next, add grated garlic and ginger, and fry for one more minute.
    fry onion in oil
  • Add in curry powdercuminturmericground coriander, and red pepper flakes, and toss them around the pan with the onion.
    Toast the spices for about 1 minute or until you smell their fragrant aroma.
    toasting spices and onion in a dutch oven
  • Add drained and rinsed canned chickpeas and toss them in the spices for another minute.
    adding chickpeas to the spices
  • Add vegetable brothcanned crushed tomatoessalt, and black pepper. Stir and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Add the coconut milk, then blend some chickpeas with an immersion blender to make the curry creamier.
  • Simmer for 10 to 15 more minutes until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Finally, add the garam masala, then taste and adjust for salt.
    Serve with naan or on basmati rice. Add a wedge of lemon and some freshly chopped cilantro on top.
    chickpea curry on a plate with rice


Chickpea Curry is a tasty dinner idea


Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 portion of chickpea curry out of 5 portions, without rice.


Calories: 387kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 818mg, Dietary Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 372IU, Vitamin B6: 0.4mg, Vitamin C: 12mg, Vitamin E: 2mg, Vitamin K: 13µg, Calcium: 124mg, Folate: 269µg, Iron: 7mg, Manganese: 2mg, Magnesium: 112mg, Zinc: 3mg
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