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Sweet & Spicy Indian Curry With Fancy Rice

March 20, 2011


Sweet & Spicy Indian Curry


It’s Meatout weekend everybody! This weekend there will be lots of great events around the world, promoting a healthy plant-based diet. Also on the web there is a lot going on. Over 60 blogs will be posting vegan recipes/tips/thoughts and I’m so happy to be able to take part in it!  As you might have noticed, I am not completly vegan myself, but it is a big part of my diet, not only because it tastes super good and is healthy, but also because it’s a statement against industrialised farming.

Check out the webpage of Farm Animal Rights Movement, the host of this fun event. They have a list of blogs that will post delicious vegan recipes or other vegan related posts today. I allready look forward to check them out!

When I thought of all my favorite vegan recipes, this one came to my mind immediatelly. I absolutely love the indian kitchen, because of its rich flavors and colors. This recipe is perfect for a special sunday meal. It takes a little more time to make, but the effort is so worth it in the end.The original recipes (main dish and rice) are from a wonderful cookbook called “India’s Vegetarian Cooking”, written by Monisha Bharadwaj. It’s one of my favorite cookbooks! These recipes are my own version of her “Navratan Korma” and “Kaju saathe khichdi pulao”.


Sweet & Spicy Indian Curry

For 4 persons you’ll need:

Main dish

  • 1 kg mixed vegetables like peas, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and green beans (you could also use a pack of frozen veggies, to save time)
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 onion (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 piece of ginger (ca 1-2 inches)
  • ca 5 gloves of garlic (same amout as ginger)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1-2 fresh green chilli (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala (indian spice mix)
  • salt
  • 1 handful cashews
  • 1 can pineapple in pieces (ca 260g drained)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • coriander for garnish

Clean vegetables, cut into small pieces and cook until al dente. Make 1 tablespoon of ginger-garlic-paste by mixing same amouts of ginger and garlic in a blender. It is easier if you add some sunflower oil.



Heat oil in a pot and cook onion for about 1 minute, then add the garlic-ginger-paste. Add chilli (finely chopped) and 4 tablespoons of water and stir until the oil settles. Carfully mix in the cooked vegetables, turmeric, Garam masala and salt and let cook for a little while. At last, carefully mix in coconut milk, cashews and pineapple. Let sit for another couple of minutes on the heat (without boiling) and serve while hot with some coriander as garnish.


Fancy Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice (+ 2 cups of water)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 handful frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 3 tablespoons cashews

Cut onion into small pieces and green pepper into fine stripes. Heat oil in a pot and cook onions until golden brown. Add all spices and cook for another minute. Add rice, water, green pepper and peas and let boil. Once the water boiles you can turn the heat back to medium and let it sit until the rice absorbed all the water. Add cashews and raisins and serve with main dish.

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  • Reply
    March 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    This looks delicious, and sounds so healthy! I\’ll have to try it!

  • Reply
    March 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Franzi! This dish looks looks great and sounds really tasty! I\’m so glad you joined us for the Meatout Bloggers\’ Event. I know you have a slew of vegan recipes and so I look forward to seeing more of them! Healthy & compassionate too! Thanks again for participating! Your contribution is very appreciated! Cheers for the animals! ~ Cindi

    • Reply
      March 21, 2011 at 7:45 am

      Hey Cindy, thank you for your sweet comment. It was a pleasure to participate in the Bloggers\’ Event. I hope all your other Meatout Events were also succesful! Cheer for the animals!
      : )

  • Reply
    Miriam Barton
    March 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Delicious meal!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

    • Reply
      March 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you Miriam! : )

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    Green Bean
    March 22, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Looks delicious!! I\’m a little unsure of the pineapple though. Does it work?

    • Reply
      March 22, 2011 at 7:06 am

      The pineapple is a matter of taste really. Personally I love mixing sweet and sour or sweet and spicy. But the dish also tastes great without. : )

  • Reply
    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons
    March 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I add pineapple to EVERYTHING!!!! and love it! this is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing =)

    • Reply
      March 25, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Jenn! : )

  • Reply
    March 24, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Found you through WIAW-I love adding pineapple to stirfry-esk foods!

    • Reply
      March 25, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Hey Kristina! Thank you for stopping by!

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    Lark (SparkyLarky)
    March 25, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I am so glad you found \”Made it on Monday\”

    I hope you will join us often…I see alot of yummy recipes on your blog!

    • Reply
      March 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Thank you Lark! I bookmarked your site. I will for sure join your linky Parties often! : )

  • Reply
    Monisha Bharadwaj
    May 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Hi everyone, I\’m so pleased that you are enjoying my recipes! Keep cooking and enjoy!!

    • Reply
      May 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Hello Monisha, thank you so much for stopping by! As I said in my blog post allready, your cookbook is one of my favorite! I love all of the recipes and so do the people I cook them for. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with the world. Many Greetings from Germany! 🙂

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