This vegetarian korma recipe is absolutely loaded with veggies like zucchini, bell pepper, cauliflower, carrot and onion. Everything is cooked in a flavourful curry cream sauce and there are cashews for extra flavour and texture. Forget takeaway and make this deliciousness at home!
This easy veggie korma recipe was originally posted in March 2017 and has been updated with more recipe details.
Hi friends! What’s up? So, we had quite the wind storm around here this past weekend. It was super windy with power outages.
It was unfortunate, too, because our city was hosting the Canadian men’s curling championship so I’m sure there were lots of visitors to our province.
So, mother nature, where’s spring? I’m done with all this awful weather. What was it like in your neck of the woods?
Anyways, onwards and upwards. Let’s talk food. My favourite topic! And I have a super flavourful one for you today; it’s an easy veggie korma recipe!
What is Korma?
Korma is a popular curry dish originating from India. There’s usually vegetables (and sometimes (but not always) a protein, like chicken), along with a spiced sauce made with yogurt, cream and/or stock.
What Makes this Vegetarian Korma So Delicious?
There’s a local Indian restaurant around here that has a vegetable curry with veggies, similar to this recipe. When we have ordered the dish in the past, while it’s always tasty, sometimes the sauce to veggie ratio is off, ya know?
While I do love that sauce (because it’s super creamy), I also want substance, meaning lots of veggies. I started making my own and it’s delicious! Plus, you know that homemade is always best.
So, what makes homemade vegetarian korma so great?
- It’s made in one pot
- There’s loads of colourful veggies
- It’s easily customizable! For instance, add more of a particular vegetable and less of another (if that’s what you like) and you can make it as spicy as you prefer.
- No need to go out for dinner! Stay home in your cozy clothes and make this!
- It tastes amazing!
I could seriously eat this veggie korma every week. I’ve made so many times and it’s always a favourite.
- A bunch of veggies, like bell pepper, carrot, potato, zucchini and cauliflower (use what you have on hand)
- Aromatics like onion, garlic and ginger (as well as seasonings)
- Curry powder or paste
- Cream or coconut milk
Can I Make this Dairy Free?
Yes! Absolutely! Just sub coconut milk for cream.
How to Thicken Curry Sauce
Curries shouldn’t be too thick, nor too thin. You want a little lusciousness, especially for coating all those beautiful vegetables and soaking up rice or dipping naan.
If you want your vegetable korma to be even thicker, you can easily do that by:
- Adding some Greek or full fat yogurt
- Use a cornstarch slurry (stir together equal parts cornstarch to cold water) and pour into curry during the last few minutes of cook time. Start with about ½ tablespoon of cornstarch and ½ tablespoon of water as a little goes a long way. You can always add more after, if you like.
- Reduce the sauce some more. Don’t reduce too much or you may make your veggies too soft (unless you really enjoy that).
How to Thin Curry Sauce
Conversely, if your veg curry is too thick (or you want more of that rich korma sauce), simply add a little more cream, veggie broth or even a splash of water.
More Recipe Tips
Prep in advance! Everything happens relatively fast when you are cooking it so I would suggest having all your veggies cut and ready to go so that everything moves along swiftly.
Don’t have all the veggies on hand? No worries! Just use what you’ve got! If you have a little more bell pepper, just add a little more to replace what you don’t have.
Like things more spicy? Add a little more chili. And if you like less, add less or omit altogether!
Once all of this was cooked, I garnished with a bunch of cilantro, but if you aren’t a fan, feel free to leave out or use parsley if you want that extra colour (or even some chopped green onion).
What To Serve With Korma
- Rice or quinoa
- Cauliflower mash
- Easy Indian Creamed Spinach from Tasty Ever After
More Recipes You May Enjoy
Hope you love this vegetarian korma recipe as much as we do!
If you make this easy vegetarian korma recipe, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed! Thank you!
Vegetarian Korma (better than takeaway!)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1 yellow onion , peeled and sliced
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 red thai chili pepper , minced (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 cup baby potatoes , halved (or quartered depending on size)
- 2 carrots , peeled and chopped in ¼ inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1.5 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 3 cups cauliflower florets
- ½ bell pepper , sliced into strips (colour of your choice)
- 1 cup heavy cream (also known as 'whipping cream', 35% milk fat)
- 1.25 teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¾ cup cashews
- 1 zucchini , sliced into ½-inch rounds & then rounds quartered
- Chopped fresh cilantro (garnish to taste, optional)
- Sliced fresh chili pepper (garnish, optional)
- Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat.
- Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes.
- To onion, add garlic, ginger, chili pepper, potatoes and carrots. Cook 2 minutes, stirring every so often.
- Push onion mixture to one side of the pot and add tomato paste and cook about 1 minute. Stir to combine everything.
- Add curry powder and broth and cook an additional 12 to 15 minutes (uncovered) until potatoes and carrots are tender and broth is roughly reduced by half.
- Add cauliflower, bell peppers, cream, salt, black pepper and cashews. Stir. Cover and simmer on low-ish heat for 10 minutes.
- Stir in zucchini and cook 5 minutes more.
- Garnish with cilantro and additional chili pepper (if desired). Enjoy!
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
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