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creamy Indian cauliflower curry with rice and torn naan in a large serving bowl

Easy, rich, creamy and warmly-spiced this 30-minute vegan cauliflower-loaded coconut curry redefines comfort food.

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Creamy Cauliflower Coconut Curry.

We are huge fans of curry. Curry Meatballs, Pumpkin Curry, Chicken Curry ...give us all the curries! As of late though, the curry dish that has our curry-crazed hearts is curried cauliflower. This recipe brings two things that we love together and makes for one incredible meal.

creamy vegan cauliflower curry with white rice and torn naan in a serving bowl

A Cauliflower Curry Star Was Born.

The roots of this recipe began when we decided to start cutting back on our meat intake by incorporating at least one meatless dinner a week in our homes. As we racked our brains for dinner ideas, a good vegan curry recipe was the first thing to come to mind for many reasons:

  • Our families love curry.
  • It can be cooked in one pot, seriously saving on time and clean up.
  • The creamy coconut curry sauce is so loaded with flavor you really won’t miss the meat.
  • Did we mention it can be cooked in one pot?
  • So, now that you know the “why” on this vegetarian wonder of a dish, let’s move on to the “how."
Ingredients laid out for vegetarian cauliflower curry; cauliflower, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, turmeric, tomatoes

How Do You Make Homemade Curry?

There are several approaches to making curry depending on what part of the world your curry is coming from. However, every good curry has something in common: a proper base layer of flavor that is created through rich and fragrant spices.

This curry begins with onions, fresh garlic, and fresh ginger. Big flavor at the get-go! Because this curry is Indian-inspired, we used the following spices to layer rich flavor into the dish:

  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Yellow curry powder

If you wanted to up the spice ante of this dish, you could also add:

  • Garam masala
  • Allspice
  • Coriander
  • Cardamom

Once the base is finished, we add tomatoes and coconut milk and blend until smooth. At this point you may be tempted to drink the mixture with a straw, but be strong and resist! It just gets better from here.

Indian style curry spices with tomatoes and coconut milk in a large pot
coconut curry with raw cauliflower in a pot

What Goes Into Vegetarian Curry?

We’ve kept this recipe simple by only using cauliflower—we love a short ingredient list—but there are many other incredible vegetables you can add if you’re feeling wild! Coconut curry is super versatile. If you aren’t going meatless, a cup or two of shredded chicken is wonderful. Potatoes are a classic ingredient in Indian coconut curry, and would be delicious in this curry.

Some of Our Favorite Curry Add-Ins:

  • Peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
Indian style curry in a pot
Creamy cauliflower curry in a pot

Is Curry Healthy?

Because we’ve chosen to use coconut milk as the base for this curry, the dish is high in fat, but it also has very few carbs. That being said, depending on what you’re going for it can be very healthy because the fats from coconut milk are the good ones that your body needs. It’s Keto and Whole30 friendly, but if those diets aren’t your bag have no fear because it’s just down right delicious anyway.

Indian style cauliflower curry on white rice in a large serving bowl

What You Should Serve with Cauliflower Curry:

This warming, creamy, cauliflower-laden coconut curry comes together in under 30 minutes and it’s certainly satisfying enough to stand on its own, but a scoop of white rice and a warm piece of naan with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro are a welcome addition.

More Favorite Vegetarian Dinners:

Indian style cauliflower curry on rice served with torn naan

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Cauliflower Curry

Originally published: October 30, 2018

  • Serves:6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Calories:283


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 Tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 (14oz) cans coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • cilantro (otpional)
  • naan (optional)
  • rice (optional)


  1. In a 5-quart (or medium-sized stock pot) heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and continue sautéing until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir in the curry powder, cinnamon, cumin, salt and tomatoes.
  3. Stir in coconut milk and bring the pot to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Use an immersion blender to blend the curry mixture until smooth. Alternatively, remove from heat, transfer the curry to a blender, blending until smooth.
  5. Return the pot to a boil and add the cauliflower florets. Simmer until the cauliflower is fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice with with fresh cilantro and warm naan.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories283
  • Protein4 g
  • Carbohydrates18 g
  • Total Fat23 g
  • Dietary Fiber6 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • Sodium890 mg
  • Total Sugars8 g

Questions & Reviews

Avg: 4.9