Variety is the spice of life
Vegetable curry can take on a myriad of different forms, from classic Indian dishes such as Aloo Matar or Navratan Korma to the delicately spiced vegetable curries from Thailand, to the heady flavors used in North African cooking; there are endless possibilities for combining different flavors and ingredients. Here we’ve put together a selection of our favorite vegetable curries. Have a look at some of our mouth-watering recipes now and start planning your next exotic vegetarian treat! Most of the curries here at www.vegetablecurry.info are Indian in origin, however we have also included a number of recipes from South-east Asia, Africa and several from the Pacific region. Choose a vegetable curry from our recipes page and enjoy a healthy and delicious vegetable curry tonight.
Easy to make and delicious to eat…
Some vegetarian curries are surprisingly easy to make. Some quick and easy favorites include our Courgette and Pea Curry and Aubergine and Potato Curry. Also, remember that vegetable curry recipes are often straightforward to modify. You will find that many of the ingredients in these recipes can easily be exchanged for others. This is particularly the case with the vegetables in a mixed vegetable curry. Feel free to experiment with the fresh ingredients, and do use local and in-season produce when desired – these are often the most economical and healthy choices. Of course, there are other vegetable curry recipes which are relatively time-consuming and complex to prepare. These dishes are perfect for those special occasions, or when you simply want to try something a little different.
The health benefits of eating curry
Curry is not only delicious, eating it regularly also has some significant health benefits. The medicinal qualities of certain spices which are commonly used in curries have been known and utilized for thousands of years, but now modern scientists are beginning to understand exactly how some of these ingredients affect our bodies.
One pertinent example of a spice with incredible health benefits is turmeric. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been the subject of some major scientific studies recently. It’s been found that curcumin aids the immune system, helping the body fight viruses and bacteria. Curcumin has also been found to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It also aids the functioning of a healthy digestive tract, helps the body to cope with stress, promotes healthy blood and circulation, and helps to keep the skin and eyes healthy. See our section on using spices for more information on the health benefits of eating vegetable curry regularly. For in-depth research on turmeric and the incredible properties of curcumin we recommend visiting Dr Mercola’s website: www.mercola.com.
India and the lasting legacy of vegetarianism
Many different forms of curry are well loved across the globe, but it is to India that we need to look in order to discover the origins of many of today’s most well known curry dishes. Curry means ‘gravy’ and traditionally this meant a carefully designed gravy to accompany one or more vegetables because, for 3000 years or more, much of India has been vegetarian.
The many forms of vegetable curry are rich and varied. In the west many tend to think of curry as a meat-based dish but, as we know, this is far from the case in India (or in many other parts of the world where curries are consumed regularly). Here, vegetables are central and when meat is consumed it is often used sparingly and is combined with several other sources of protein such as pulses or milk-based products.
This lasting legacy of vegetarianism has honed the creativity of Indian chefs throughout the ages, producing a truly remarkable vegetarian cuisine that is unrivaled anywhere in the world.
Sources of inspiration
Perhaps the most important influence on Indian cooking (at least among the Hindu population which makes up about 80 percent of the population) is Ayurveda, an ancient system of knowledge on health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic teachings encourage followers to pursue a pure lifestyle, one that gives clarity and peace of mind. Physical purity involves a healthy diet with a strong emphasis on raw or freshly cooked vegetarian food, fresh air and pure water, regular exercise that calms the mind and body (such as yoga) and personal hygiene. A pure mind means followers aim for non-violence, friendliness and compassion and seek to find a means of earning a living that does not bring harm to others and provides a service to humanity.
The maxim ‘we are what we eat’ is central here: a slaughtered animal, meat, has the force of violence within it, and the negative emotions of fear and hatred are embodied by it. Meat has no place in the diet of those who follow Ayurvedic principles.
So join us in this celebration of conscious living and conscious eating, and do your body a favor by cooking a delicious vegetable curry tonight!