Recipe courtesy of Sammy's Bistro

Vegan Coconut Red Curry

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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3 cups water

2 cups jasmine rice, well rinsed


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips 

1 zucchini, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch-thick half moons

Half an eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 

Half a yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips 

Four 14.5-ounce cans crushed tomatoes

1 tablespoon garam masala (see Cook's Note)

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

A pinch cayenne pepper, optional (see Cook's Note)

3 cloves garlic, minced 

1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, crushed and minced

Two 13.5-ounce cans coconut milk

1/4 cup coconut oil (see Cook's Note)

2 scallions, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices, for serving

Naan or pita, for serving


  1. For the rice: Combine the water and rice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, adjust to a low simmer, cover and cook until the rice is tender, and all the water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered. (Tip: don't stir the rice while it's cooking.)
  2. For the curry: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pepper, zucchini, eggplant and onion and cook, stirring, until crisp tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Combine the tomatoes, garam masala, cumin, paprika, turmeric, salt, cayenne, garlic and ginger in a medium pot, bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Careful of splashing, pour in coconut milk and add the coconut oil, turn off heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Puree with hand stick blender (or in batches in a blender) until smooth.
  4. Add the cooked vegetables to the curry sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Toast or grill the naan or pita bread until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Cut into pieces.
  6. For serving: Fill bowls with some rice and then top with some curry. Sprinkle with scallion and serve with a piece of naan or pita bread. 

Cook’s Note

Find garam masala in the spice aisle of your local grocery or specialty store. You can wait to add the cayenne pepper until the very end. You may substitute butter for coconut oil for an even richer vegetarian version. Cook chopped tofu along with the veggies or add chopped shrimp, chicken or steak for a non-vegan version.