This coconut quinoa curry recipe has quickly become one of my favourites. Going through the tail end of this winter has been tough – and I find myself wanting big bowls of warm soups or stews. This hearty curry is full of great vegetables and it’s easy to customize to include your favourites. I do this one in my slow cooker – but it could be done slowly over the stove. It’s a little harder to keep a steady temperature so it would have to be watched.
I love how filling this recipe is, one big bowl and I get all my vegetables and protein. Plus substitute or add any other veggies and it still works great. I played around using different forms of coconut to see what worked best. I did this once with coconut cream – it ended up really rich and creamy. Which is great but can get a bit heavy. I also tried using the lighter coconut milk – you know the kind you drink, like Silk, from the cartons. This also still carried the flavour well, but had the opposite effect. It ended up a bit more brothy and more soup-like. So my favourite is just to use 1 can of regular coconut milk and the texture and creaminess was perfect!
Another aspect of this curry that I really enjoy is the turmeric! What a great spice that has so many benefits when added in to your diet. It’s best known for containing curcumin – which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and strong antioxidant. Turmeric is the spice in curry that gives it that bright yellow colour – I find it so beautiful! And the flavour is quite subtle which is lovely as well.
Coconut Quinoa Curry
- 1 yam (peeled & diced)
- 1 broccoli crown (diced)
- 1/2 white or yellow onion (diced)
- 2 carrots (peeled & diced)
- 3-4 button mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 can chickpeas (rinsed)
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/4 cup quinoa (uncooked)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp ginger (freshly grated)
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tsp red chili flakes
- 1 1/2 cups water
- salt & black pepper
- Add all ingredients into slow cooker.
- Stir until well combined.
- Slow cooker : 3-4 hours on high.
- Serve with warmed naan bread for dipping.