Vegan Curry Basics
Hi fellow vegans. I'm by no means a professional chef but I can hold my own in the kitchen. I'm from the UK and my brother and his wife (who is indian) own/run a restaurant here. I just wanted to share how you can cook up a variety of decent vegan curries from scratch with mainly dried, frozen and tinned ingredients.
Firstly for your store cupboard spices you need:
Cumin powder Coriander powder Turmeric powder Dried chili flakes Mild curry powder Vegan stock cube Salt and black pepper
For your freezer I suggest:
Frozen cauliflower Frozen spinach Frozen diced onion
Chickpea Lentils Butter beans/,Lima beans u US guys call them Tinned chopped tomatoes Tinned coconut milk Tomato paste
Fresh (you can used dried but these I prefer fresh)
Ginger root Coriander Garlic
So there are tons of variations on this but as a base for most curries I cook:
Fry onions in veg/sunflower oil enough to cover the bottom of a large saucepan. Decent pinch of salt, cook for a couple of minutes.
Add a heaped teaspoon of cumin, coriander, Turmeric, curry powder and a teaspoon or a half or none of the chilli flakes depending how spicy you want. Cook the spices with the onion stirring for a minute. This is important as it awakens them according to my sister-in-law.
Add your tin of tomatoes, tin of coconut, squeeze of tomato paste, whole or chopped garlic cloves, and peeled grated ginger, about an inch square piece, and stock cube. I usually add a squirt of ketchup for sweetness. Bit more salt and some black pepper. Stir and cook for a minute.
Add whatever veg you want. Today we had cauliflower, beans (rinse with water in sieve first) and some frozen peas. Stir it in and cook so it's just simmering with a lid on for at least an hour preferably two stirring occasionally. Take the lid off for the last 30m to thicken it up.
I appreciate this post is long but curry can be quite daunting for some people but it's dead easy. Frozen onions are great save so much time.
Finish with some fresh chopped coriander and serve with what you like.
Hope this helps somebody out there. ✌️
Submitted June 10, 2021 at 07:28PM by Cheeseyid