Blackened Salmon with Grilled Naan and Lime Slaw.

 This grilled salmon is sponsored by ALDI! Oh hello, new favorite salmon!   Let me just say it: I am in LOVE with this meal. It looks fancy but it’s pretty darn easy. It tastes even fancier! And you won’t believe how good the salmon is. Super flavorful, buttery and tender. It practically melts in your […]

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 This grilled salmon is sponsored by ALDI!

Oh hello, new favorite salmon!  

grilled salmon on naan bread with slaw and cilantro sauce

Let me just say it: I am in LOVE with this meal. It looks fancy but it’s pretty darn easy. It tastes even fancier! And you won’t believe how good the salmon is. Super flavorful, buttery and tender. It practically melts in your mouth.

salmon, naan and olive oil from ALDI

Today I’m partnering with ALDI again to bring you this delicious recipe! They are my go-to when it comes to summer staples. And they have alllll the things that you need to create the perfect 4th of July spread! I’ve relied on ALDI even more during the pandemic because they have stayed so well stocked. 

fresh atlantic salmon

I grabbed this Atlantic salmon from ALDI and was completely blown away at the quality and how affordable it is. It’s close to perfect!

Delicious too.

ALDI has so many summer staples right now – and they are stocked with ingredients that can make your weekday dinners happen easily. They are also my go-to for food when it comes to summer holidays. I’ll be stocking up for the Fourth of July so I can make a cheese board, huge fruit platter and a few other great cookout recipes. Their selection of produce is top notch. 

lime slaw with cucumbers and cilantro

Not only did I grab the salmon at ALDI, I got the Specially Selected Naan Bread which is fantastic. That goes right on the grill too. I also love their Specially Selected Extra Virgin Olive Oil which is a key in all parts of this recipe.

creamy cilantro sauce

The produce for the quick slaw all came from ALDI too. Green cabbage or coleslaw mix – I like to use a mix of both for a variety of texture. Fresh lime, cilantro and cucumbers. Then we have a cilantro avocado drizzle, which is ridiculously good. Blend it up and drizzle all over the salmon for an extra punch of flavor.

blackened grilled salmon

Speaking of the salmon!

The salmon is seasoned with a mixture of spices, including smoked paprika, garlic powder and oregano. I threw it on the grill until it was just cooked. This may be my new go-to seasoning for salmon – it’s that good.

grilled salmon on naan bread with slaw and cilantro sauce

As soon as the salmon came off the grill, I threw the naan bread on the grill! This allows the naan to get even more puffy and bubbly. It adds some smoky, charred flavor and of course, warms the bread up too.

Once the grilling is finished, all you have to do is throw the slaw on top of the naan. Flake the salmon on top next. Drizzle with the sauce and it’s ready to go! I love eating this as an open-faced bread, but of course you can use these same ingredients and make sandwiches too. 

grilled salmon on naan bread with slaw and cilantro sauce

It’s super satisfying. It easily comes together in 30 minutes – though you can make the slaw and sauce ahead of time if you wish. This is the perfect way to bring a new and fancy feel to your Fourth of July holiday! Throw the salmon and naan on the grill and everyone will love it. It’s simple but at the same time, an elevated way to enjoy our classic summer holiday! Plus, it’s also a great weeknight meal. Serve it family style and once the salmon is grilled, let everyone build the grilled naan. 

It’s the loveliest meal ever! 

grilled salmon on naan bread with slaw and cilantro sauce

Grilled Salmon and Naan

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Blackened Salmon with Grilled Naan

This grilled salmon is incredible! Blackened grilled salmon served with a lime slaw on top of bubbly grilled naan bread. Best meal ever!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ALDI fresh Atlantic salmon (1 to 2 pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 Specially Selected Naan Breads

slaw

  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 3 mini seedless cucumbers, sliced
  • cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Specially Selected Extra Virgin Olive Oil

cilantro sauce

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ avocado
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Specially Selected Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to 400 to 450 degrees F.
  • Pat the salmon dry with a towel. Stir together the paprika, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle all over the salmon.
  • Place the salmon on the grill. Close the lid and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until it’s opaque and pink. Remove the salmon and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • While the salmon rests, place the naan bread on the grill and grill for just 1-2 minutes per side, until warm and slightly charred.
  • To build the meal, spoon the slaw over the naan bread. Top with some flaked salmon. Drizzle on the cilantro sauce. Enjoy!

slaw

  • Combine the cabbage, cucumbers and cilantro in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss with the lime juice and olive oil until combined. Set aside until ready to use. You can make this ahead of time and store it in the fridge!

cilantro sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until combined. Drizzle over salmon. You can make this ahead of time and store in the fridge!

grilled salmon on naan bread with slaw and cilantro sauce

I’m in heaven.

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Garlic Butter Naan. (aka, what you should make in your quarantine kitchen this weekend!)

You’re about to make the most delish garlic butter naan bread. Hello heaven!!  Today I have an extra little bonus recipe here for you so you have a project in the kitchen this weekend. It’s a fun one too. And a delicious one! Plus, it will go amazingly well with this chickpea curry. I shared […]

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You’re about to make the most delish garlic butter naan bread.

This garlic butter naan bread recipe is divine! It uses baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast and is drenched with garlic butter. So delicious!

Hello heaven!! 

Today I have an extra little bonus recipe here for you so you have a project in the kitchen this weekend. It’s a fun one too. And a delicious one!

Plus, it will go amazingly well with this chickpea curry.

This garlic butter naan bread recipe is divine! It uses baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast and is drenched with garlic butter. So delicious!

I shared a naan bread a million years ago but this garlic butter version is TOPS. It is the ultimate comfort food.

And guess what? You don’t need any yeast!

In the craziest turn of events, I can’t find ANY yeast in my grocery stores right now. I mean, are people really baking that much bread? If so, that’s wonderful. But the bread aisles are practically empty too!

Maybe they are just making a lot of pizza.

Yes.

Let’s think that. 

This garlic butter naan bread recipe is divine! It uses baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast and is drenched with garlic butter. So delicious!

So anyway – this naan bread doesn’t use yeast – it uses baking powder and soda. I’ve made versions with both yeast and baking powder and I really love both. You’re still going to let this one rise for a while, so don’t get TOO excited. It only helps with the flavor. 

You’re also going to use yogurt! I’ve used both plain regular yogurt and plain greek yogurt with success. If you don’t have plain yogurt right now, you can use all milk. But if you have the yogurt, go for it. 

The dough rises, you form it into balls, roll it out and cook it on a cast iron skillet. It gets all charred and delicious!

But then comes the best part – the garlic butter. 

OH YES.

Melt some butter in a saucepan and stir in minced garlic cloves. Brush it directly on the hot naan bread. Sprinkle on some fresh parsley and you are in business!

While I have always loved naan, Eddie is absolutely fanatical over it. Probably loves it more than I do! If I don’t make it, he buys a package every week (which isn’t anywhere near as good as homemade). We often use it for these smoky chicken pitas (instead of the pita!) and we make quick pizzas on naan too.

It’s just SO easy. Make it your project!

This garlic butter naan bread recipe is divine! It uses baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast and is drenched with garlic butter. So delicious!

Garlic Butter Naan Bread

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Garlic Butter Naan

This garlic butter naan bread recipe is divine! It uses baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast and is drenched with garlic butter. So delicious!
Course bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8 pieces
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cups milk
  • ½ cups plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • canola or vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • fresh chopped parsley, for sprinkling

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda and soda. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt and honey. Add half of the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until the dough starts to come together. Add the remaining milk gradually, stirring and bringing the dough together with your hands.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it. Let it rise in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Once it rises, remove it from the bowl and knead it a few times on a floured surface, using some extra flour if it’s too sticky. Divide the dough into 8 separate balls. Roll each ball out into an oval shape.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, brush it with a bit of canola (or another high heat) oil. Place the dough on the skillet and let it cook for 2 minutes or until it begins to bubble. Flip it and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it melts. Stir in the garlic and turn off the heat. Brush the naan with the garlic butter and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

This garlic butter naan bread recipe is divine! It uses baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast and is drenched with garlic butter. So delicious!

I wish I could make this pan magically appear in your kitchen!

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Naan Pizza

Here’s a genius move for fast and easy dinner recipes: naan pizza! It’s faster than delivery, healthier, and tastes better. All you need is 15 minutes! Here’s our ultimate fast and easy dinner recipe: Naan Pizza! Get this: it’s faster than delivery pizza, healthier, and it tastes better. So why order out when you can make tasty pizza in? It’s for those nights where you need dinner on the table without thinking too hard. Packaged naan bread is easy to find these days, making it easy to run to the store on a naan pizza run. You’ll never need delivery or frozen pizza again! Alex and I have used this trick over and over: here’s how to do it! How to make naan pizza Here’s the thing. It’s not just as easy as putting toppings on naan bread! Here are our tips on how to make naan pizza: Grab your favorite naan (or leftover homemade naan). It’s that Indian flatbread that comes neatly packaged in the bread or international foods aisle. Try out brands to find your favorite flavor and texture; they all vary. Or, use leftovers of our garlic naan or vegan naan. Here’s the important part: prebake the […]

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Here’s a genius move for fast and easy dinner recipes: naan pizza! It’s faster than delivery, healthier, and tastes better. All you need is 15 minutes!

Naan pizza

Here’s our ultimate fast and easy dinner recipe: Naan Pizza! Get this: it’s faster than delivery pizza, healthier, and it tastes better. So why order out when you can make tasty pizza in? It’s for those nights where you need dinner on the table without thinking too hard. Packaged naan bread is easy to find these days, making it easy to run to the store on a naan pizza run. You’ll never need delivery or frozen pizza again! Alex and I have used this trick over and over: here’s how to do it!

How to make naan pizza

Here’s the thing. It’s not just as easy as putting toppings on naan bread! Here are our tips on how to make naan pizza:

  • Grab your favorite naan (or leftover homemade naan). It’s that Indian flatbread that comes neatly packaged in the bread or international foods aisle. Try out brands to find your favorite flavor and texture; they all vary. Or, use leftovers of our garlic naan or vegan naan.
  • Here’s the important part: prebake the naan on the oven grates! You must prebake the naan so the texture holds up like pizza crust. If you skip this step, your crust will be much too wimpy. Bake 3 minutes right on the oven grates at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then flip and bake 2 minutes more.
  • Top with toppings and bake ~3 minutes. Then add the toppings and bake until the cheese melts. Speaking of topping…let’s chat.
Naan pizza

Try our 5 minute, outrageously tasty pizza sauce!

You might need to go with storebought pizza sauce (we get it, you’re busy). But if you have time, might we suggest our Easy Pizza Sauce? It’s made in a blender with a few simple ingredients: garlic, canned tomatoes and olive oil. And WOW is it good! The flavor is so savory, garlicky and real: you’ll feel like an Italian grandmother. We highly recommend it if you have the time!

Topping ideas for naan pizza!

This is where you can get creative! In our base recipe below, we’ve essentially made our Classic Margherita Pizza. Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil: the three colors of the Italian flag. Speaking of Italy: you may know that Alex and I are a little obsessive about our Italian-style artisan pizza. So it might surprise you that we’re making this cheater’s recipe for naan pizza too.

But don’t worry: sometimes we just don’t have time to make our famous pizza dough recipe. And naan pizza is perfect in a pinch. Because we’re pizza obsessed, we have LOTS of creative topping ideas for naan pizza. If you have time to be creative, here are lots of ideas:

  1. Pesto & tomatoes
  2. Spinach artichoke
  3. Sauteed mushrooms & herbs
  4. Taco pizza
  5. Veggie supreme (mushrooms, olives & peppers)
  6. Peppers & arugula
  7. Avocado & goat cheese
  8. Pesto & basil
  9. Sundried tomatoes, olives & feta
  10. Scrambled eggs & bell peppers
  11. Vegan pizza
  12. Truffle oil
  13. Refried beans, corn & cilantro
  14. Fresh tomatoes & goat cheese
  15. Double cheese
Vegan naan
Homemade naan leftovers work too!

How to make naan

If you’re making this as a quick weeknight meal, it’s unlikely you’ll be wanting to make your own naan. But did you know you can make homemade naan? It’s perfect for accessorizing with curries like our Vegetable Curry, Chickpea Curry or Lentil Curry. Then use leftovers for pizzas.

To make naan at home: Head to our Garlic Naan or Vegan Naan recipes. But of course if you have time to make naan for these pizzas…you might want to just go big and do pizza dough!

Naan pizza

More super quick dinners!

If you’re into quick dinners (who isn’t?), here are a few more of our speediest weeknight meals:

Naan pizza

This naan pizza recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use the Vegan Pizza option.

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Naan pizza

Naan Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 pizzas
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s a genius move for fast and easy dinner recipes: naan pizza! It’s faster than delivery, healthier, and tastes better. All you need is 15 minutes!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the naan bread directly on the oven grates. Bake 3 minutes. Flip and bake another 2 minutes.
  3. Carefully remove the naan from the oven grates and place them on 2 baking sheets. Spread with a thin layer of pizza sauce, then add mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of kosher salt.
  4. Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake until the cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with torn basil.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Naan Pizza

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Garlic Naan Bread

This fast and easy homemade garlic naan is brushed with garlic butter and perfectly chewy! It’s such a treat, you’ll never go back to storebought. What’s better alongside a steaming bowl of curry than warm garlic naan? This Indian skillet flatbread is always a crowd pleaser: it’s soft, supple, warm and garlic-scented. There’s not much better to sop up savory broth! There are all sorts of creative ways to turn naan into dinner too: like naan pizza! It’s easy to find this famous bread at the store, but the very best way to eat it: homemade, right off the skillet. Here’s our very best naan recipe: it’s chewy, full of flavor, and quicker than most recipes. Here are all our secrets! Why make this garlic naan? With loads of naan bread recipes out there, why make this specific garlic naan? Here’s what makes it stand out from the rest: It’s a fast naan recipe. Homemade bread takes time to rise, or proof. The proof time for most naan recipes is 1 to 2 hours. The proof time for this recipe? Just 30 minutes! The flavor and texture are incredible. This naan bread is perfectly soft and fluffy, just the right […]

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This fast and easy homemade garlic naan is brushed with garlic butter and perfectly chewy! It’s such a treat, you’ll never go back to storebought.

Garlic naan

What’s better alongside a steaming bowl of curry than warm garlic naan? This Indian skillet flatbread is always a crowd pleaser: it’s soft, supple, warm and garlic-scented. There’s not much better to sop up savory broth! There are all sorts of creative ways to turn naan into dinner too: like naan pizza! It’s easy to find this famous bread at the store, but the very best way to eat it: homemade, right off the skillet. Here’s our very best naan recipe: it’s chewy, full of flavor, and quicker than most recipes. Here are all our secrets!

Why make this garlic naan?

With loads of naan bread recipes out there, why make this specific garlic naan? Here’s what makes it stand out from the rest:

  • It’s a fast naan recipe. Homemade bread takes time to rise, or proof. The proof time for most naan recipes is 1 to 2 hours. The proof time for this recipe? Just 30 minutes!
  • The flavor and texture are incredible. This naan bread is perfectly soft and fluffy, just the right amount of salt and has the very best garlicky flavor. Really! You’ll have to try it for yourself.
Easy naan recipe

Fastest way to make naan: with no yeast!

There are two basic ways to make a naan dough: with yeast and with baking powder. Most traditional Indian naan recipes use yeast as the leavener: it’s what makes the bread rise. Yeasted breads require longer proofing times. What’s proofing? Proofing is when you let bread dough rest after you’ve added yeast so that it rises. A yeasted naan recipe requires 1 to 2 hours of proofing time, depending on the recipe.

Some more modern takes on naan bread use baking powder as the leavener instead of yeast (for example, the naan recipe in Indian chef Vivek Singh’s book Curry). Baking powder cuts down the proofing time to just 30 minutes. The texture is slightly more biscuit-y than bread-y, but to us this trade-off was absolutely worth it!

Use a cast iron skillet (if you have it!)

The best way to cook garlic naan? Use a cast iron skillet if you have it! Why? A cast iron skillet gets blazing hot. Just like pizza, you want to use as high heat as possible when cooking naan. It’s what makes the classic blackened marks on the dough. If you don’t have cast iron skillet: never fear! You can use any large skillet or griddle: the blackened marks will just be more subtle.

Tip: Whatever skillet you use, heat it until it’s very hot before you add the first piece of dough. If you add the dough before its roaring hot, it won’t cook correctly.

Garlic naan

Making naan is easiest with a buddy!

Alex and I have honed our expertise in homemade bread recipes over the past few years. Our sourdough bread is the most popular and has been made by people around the world. (See below for more of our favorite breads.) Here are a few tips we recommend for making this easy homemade naan bread:

  • Make sure you have time. This garlic naan recipe takes about 1 hour from start to finish. The hands on portion is about 20 to 30 minutes. We’d recommend making this for entertaining or a dinner party, or an activity on a weekend afternoon or a day off.
  • Find a buddy! You can make this recipe by yourself. BUT, it’s even more fun with a spouse, partner or friend. It’s nice to have one person roll out the naan and one person cook it. Plus, cooking together is always better!
Vegetable curry

Recipes to eat with garlic naan

There are lots of ways to eat this garlic naan bread! It’s most natural with curry, but we have several naan pizza recipes as well. Here are our favorites in both categories:

This garlic naan recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the substitutions listed in the recipe.

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Garlic naan

Garlic Naan (Fast & Easy!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Description

This fast and easy homemade garlic naan is brushed with garlic butter and perfectly chewy! It’s such a treat, you’ll never go back to storebought. (Vegan substitutions listed, or go to Vegan Naan.)


Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (312 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt (1 1/2 teaspoons, for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk (water, for vegan)
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt (coconut cream, for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (coconut oil, for vegan)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt. Add the olive oil, milk, and Greek yogurt and stir until dough comes together. If it is dry, add a bit more milk; if it is very sticky, add a sprinkle more flour. Knead for about 30 seconds to a minute until all the flour is incorporated and a dough ball forms.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Rest for 30 minutes at room temperature covered with a towel.
  3. Once the dough has rested, flatten it into a disc. Then cut it into 6 equal pieces. On a clean, lightly floured countertop, roll each dough into a thin teardrop shape, about 1/8 inch thick.
  4. Meanwhile, grate the garlic. In a small saucepan, heat the butter and the garlic over medium low heat. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the garlic fragrant is just starting to turn yellow (but not brown), then immediately remove from the heat.
  5. Heat a cast iron skillet*, griddle or large skillet over very high heat until it’s blazing hot (make sure it’s as hot as possible, or the first piece won’t cook correctly). Add one of the pieces of dough and cook until the top has bubbles and the bottom is golden and very dark brown in spots (about 1 minute), then turn and cook another 30 seconds to 1 minute on the other side. Brush the naan with a bit of the garlic butter on both sides. Wrap it with a clean towel. Repeat with the remaining 5 naan, adding each to the towel afterwards (this will steam them and keep them warm and supple).
  6. Serve immediately with chopped cilantro. To store, place fully cooled naan in an airtight plastic bag and keep at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 2 months. Reheat refrigerated or frozen naan by wrapping in aluminum foil and baking in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes.

Notes

*A cast iron skillet is the best option, since it gives the signature blackened spots. A skillet works too, but won’t get as blackened.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: Garlic naan, Naan recipe, Homemade naan, Naan bread

More homemade bread recipes

If you love to make bread, we’ve got lots of resources for you! Here are our favorite bread recipes:

  • Best Sourdough Bread Easy to follow instructions, a printable checklist, and a step-by-step video help you master that tangy flavor, chewy crust, and perfect texture. (Or try the Vegan Bread version.)
  • Easy Homemade Bread This homemade bread is easy to make and very versatile: it works for sandwiches, toast, and more.
  • Artisan Dutch Oven Bread Here’s an easy Dutch oven bread with a crispy crust and tender inside.

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This easy vegetable curry is the best way to eat your veggies! Cauliflower, bell pepper and chickpeas swim in a flavor-packed broth. A vegetable curry is one of the best ways to make eating your veggies taste incredible. Alex and I adore eating curry for dinner, and guess what? It’s the best way to get loads of nutrients without even noticing. This vegetable curry is so good, you’ll be shoveling it down by the spoonful. It’s full of big flavor and all the best veggies you can eat, like cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, and chickpeas. It features crisp tender veggies in a seriously flavorful broth. Serve with naan bread or rice and it’s one of the most satisfying plant-based dinners around. What’s a curry, anyway? Curry is a very loose term. Per Bon Appetit, in many countries it was a word used by colonizers to simplify what they saw as foreign cuisines. Today, curry is usually a dish with a spiced sauce and meat or vegetables, often eaten with rice or flatbread like naan. Many times the spice curry powder is included in the sauce, or sometimes curry paste. The dish is made in many countries, including India, Thailand, Cambodia, […]

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This easy vegetable curry is the best way to eat your veggies! Cauliflower, bell pepper and chickpeas swim in a flavor-packed broth.

Vegetable curry

A vegetable curry is one of the best ways to make eating your veggies taste incredible. Alex and I adore eating curry for dinner, and guess what? It’s the best way to get loads of nutrients without even noticing. This vegetable curry is so good, you’ll be shoveling it down by the spoonful. It’s full of big flavor and all the best veggies you can eat, like cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, and chickpeas. It features crisp tender veggies in a seriously flavorful broth. Serve with naan bread or rice and it’s one of the most satisfying plant-based dinners around.

What’s a curry, anyway?

Curry is a very loose term. Per Bon Appetit, in many countries it was a word used by colonizers to simplify what they saw as foreign cuisines. Today, curry is usually a dish with a spiced sauce and meat or vegetables, often eaten with rice or flatbread like naan. Many times the spice curry powder is included in the sauce, or sometimes curry paste. The dish is made in many countries, including India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and England.

Ingredients in this vegetable curry

Knowing curry has a loose definition, Alex and I designed this vegetable curry to include a sauce with curry powder and feature a variety of healthy vegetables. This curry features crisp tender veggies and a flavorful broth. It’s important to note that it’s not as thick of a sauce as with a tomato or coconut milk-based curry, like our cauliflower curry or chickpea curry.

Here’s what’s in this vegetable curry:

Vegetable curry

What to serve with curry? Rice, naan, and more.

What to serve with this vegetable curry? There are a few options, depending on how much time you have. Alex and I created a new homemade naan recipe especially to go with this curry, which we’d reserve for dinner parties or weekend dinners. But it’s fun to make an oh so tasty! Here are our recommendations for serving this veggie curry:

  • Naan bread: Store-bought naan bread is a great quick side dish for this vegetable curry. Or, use our *new* Garlic Naan.
  • Rice: Start a pot of rice before you even begin prep, and let it cook while you make the curry. Brown generally takes about 30 minutes with our quick method (below), and white takes about 15 minutes. Here are several methods for doing it:
  • Quinoa: We’ve eaten it with quinoa and while not authentic, it tastes good and is very filling! Try our Basic Quinoa or Instant Pot Quinoa.
Garlic naan
This homemade garlic naan is delicious when you have time: it’s perfect for dinner parties!

Is this curry spicy?

Well, yes and no! The heat level in this vegetable curry is directly related to the curry powder that you use. Here’s the thing: some curry powders are spicy, some are mild. It really depends on the brand! And there’s no way to know based on the label. So, you’ll have to do some trial and error to find the curry powder brand you like with a heat level that works for you and your fellow eaters.

Make ahead and storage info

Can you make this vegetable curry ahead? Yes! To meal prep, you can easily make it 1 day in advance and refrigerate until serving. Then just reheat it gently in a skillet, being sure not to overheat it so that the sauce doesn’t evaporate. Leftovers stay good for about 3 days in the refrigerator.

You also can make rice in advance if you’re serving with rice! To reheat the rice, place it in a pan on the stovetop and add a splash of water. Heat gently for a few minutes until the water evaporates and the rice is warmed through.

Vegetable curry

More vegetable curry recipes

We have a few other flavorful curry recipes that have become fan favorites! So if you’re looking for another type of curry, here are a few you might like (all of them are plant-based / vegan recipes):

  • Easy Chickpea Curry This chickpea curry is the ultimate healthy and easy weeknight dinner! It’s vegan, full of flavor, and done in 20 minutes!
  • Quick Coconut Lentil Curry Here’s a lentil based curry that’s flavored with coconut and curry paste. A fast and easy dinner idea perfect for weeknights!
  • Coconut Cauliflower Curry Everybody loves this one! It’s an easy dinner recipe is warm-spiced, nutrient packed, and ready in just over 30 minutes.

Is this an authentic Indian curry?

Is this vegetable curry authentic? As we mentioned above, curry is a loose definition and there are many varieties. While this isn’t a 100% authentic Indian curry, it uses the flavors of Indian cuisine to make a fast weeknight dinner. For an authentic Indian dinner recipe from an Indian chef, head to our Masoor Dal (Indian Red Lentils). Another great resource for authentic Indian recipes is chef and author Madhur Jaffrey.

This vegetable curry recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Vegetable curry

Easy Vegetable Curry


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4

Description

This easy vegetable curry is the best way to eat your veggies! Cauliflower, bell pepper and chickpeas swim in a flavor-packed broth.

Note: This curry features crisp tender veggies and a sauce that is broth-like. It’s not as thick of a sauce as with a tomato or coconut milk-based curry like our cauliflower curry or chickpea curry


Ingredients

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli or broccolini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • Torn cilantro or roasted salted cashews, for garnish
  • Serve with: white rice, brown rice, quinoa, or naan bread

Instructions

  1. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger; place them in a small bowl and set them aside.
  2. Dice the onion into bite-sized pieces. Peel the carrot and thinly slice it. Cut the pepper into large squares.  Chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Cut the broccoli into florets.
  3. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat it to medium high. Add the vegetables to the skillet with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fork tender and lightly browned. Once tender, add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the vegetable broth, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, coriander (optional), 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, peanut butter, peas and chickpeas. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce is thickened just slightly. (The sauce with be brothy, not thick.) Taste and add additional salt as necessary (we added several more pinches). Spoon the veggies over rice or quinoa, along with a few spoonfuls of broth. Serve with naan bread on the side, if desired.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: Vegetable Curry

More healthy dinner ideas

This vegetable curry is a healthy plant-based dinner recipe that features tons of nutrient-rich vegetables. Here are a few more healthy dinner ideas that are also vegan and plant-based:

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