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Vegan cauliflower curry with potatoes and cashews recipe! This coconut curry stew is packed full of flavor and healthy ingredients, and is ready in under an hour.
Hey, friends! This vegan cauliflower curry post was originally published in October 2015, but I updated some things and thought you’d like to see it again. Enjoy!
Well…… this is a really special recipe today. My BFF Meghan shared this vegan cauliflower curry with me years ago when we were roommates, and it’s been one my favorite go-to recipes ever since. She’s been the inspiration behind several recipes I’ve created, including the toasted coconut curry chocolate fudge.
We were like the odd couple when it came to food. I liked cheesy, buttery, totally bland everything. She liked garlic, pickly briny foods. Flavor bomb everything. One thing we shared……. we both loved vegetarian foods. Especially Indian food.
I like to think that we opened each other up to new things, sharing the foods we loved in a teeny tiny kitchen. She taught me to like onions and olives, and I taught her to like beer and cheese. Ah sigh……. those were the days.
So this cauliflower stew is a family recipe of hers, that she has allowed me to share here with all of you. You are in for a treat! I love the vibrant yellow color and the mustardy flavor in this stew. It’s got crunch, a teensy bit of heat, and some seriously packed flavor. So much good going on.
Love you, Maghag.
OK guys. Enough sappy crap.
Notes about this cauliflower curry stew:
- This is wonderful served with rice and naan, although it doesn’t need it to be a complete meal.
- Don’t be afraid of the jalapenos, this curry isn’t actually all that spicy!
- It helps to have all of your ingredients prepped ahead of time for this, as the cooking requires a lot of hands on time, and it goes very quickly.
Vegan cauliflower curry with potatoes and cashews recipe! This coconut curry stew is packed full of flavor and healthy ingredients, and ready in under an hour.
- 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into small florets
- 4-5 medium red potatoes, cut into ½" cubes
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 pinch saffron threads
- 1/2 cup very warm water
- 1 1/2 Tbsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 4 small jalapenos, minced (omit seeds for less heat)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 Tbsp curry powder
- 2 (14.5oz) cans light coconut milk
- juice of 1/2 of a medium lemon
- salt and pepper
- roasted cashews for serving (optional)
Preheat the broiler along with a broiler pan in the oven. Make sure all of your veggies are chopped and everything is prepped.
Toss the cauliflower with 1 Tbsp olive oil and spread evenly on your broiler pan. Broil for about 10 minutes, checking every 3-4 until the cauliflower is browned with some nice singed bits! Remove from broiler and set aside.
Meanwhile, place the saffron in the warm water and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat. Once the oil is heated, add the mustard seeds and immediately cover with a lid. You will start to hear the mustard seeds pop and smell sort of like popcorn. As soon as the seeds start to pop, turn the heat down to medium, and take the pot off of the heat until the popping sound slows down.
Return to heat and stir in the onion, garlic, and jalapenos. Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the turmeric and the curry powder and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the cashews and cook until they are a nice toasty brown, stirring constantly.
Add the coconut milk and saffron water and stir to loosen browned bits. Add the potatoes, cover, and cook until potatoes are almost soft, about 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower, and some water if the stew is too thick. Cook another 3-5 minutes, or until potatoes are done.
Stir in the lemon juice and season generously with salt and pepper. Taste, and add more curry powder if needed.
To serve, top with roasted cashews (optional)
I’d love to hear some of your go to sentimental recipes! Let me know in the comments!
I hope you’ll give this vegan cauliflower curry stew a try! Snap a pic and give me a shout on social media #Rhubarbarians!
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