Curry is a dish with global reach and almost endless variation. When it comes to the meals we like to fix, though, curry has a pretty specific meaning: a comforting, soothing, one-pot dish that only needs steamed white or brown rice to make up a meal. Here are 9 recipes we keep in our curry collection.
1. Thai Red Chicken Curry
This satisfying bowl comes together in less than an hour. Red bell pepper and bamboo shoots join boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a zesty, bright-tasting Thai-style curry. Coconut milk gives it richness, and commercial red curry paste makes it vivid. Get our Thai Red Chicken Curry recipe.
2. Japanese Chicken Curry
Japan has an almost 150-year-old curry tradition. This recipe streamlines the process down to weeknight dinner territory—it comes together in slightly under an hour. Onion, fresh ginger, tomato paste, grated apple, and yellow curry powder yield a comfortingly viscous sauce, and chunks of sweet potato mingle with pieces of boneless, skinless chicken thigh. Get our Japanese Chicken Curry recipe.
3. Vietnamese Yellow Chicken Curry
Lemongrass, fresh ginger, and coconut milk are the irresistible trio at the heart of this comforting one-bowl dish. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs share bowl time with chunks of carrot and russet potatoes. And the sauce, spiked with mild yellow curry powder, keeps everything lively. Get our Vietnamese Yellow Chicken Curry recipe.
4. Curried Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Tofu
A vegan recipe inspired by San Francisco author and cooking teacher Niloufer King, who has Parsee family roots (the tofu is our addition). Fresh ginger, fennel seeds, garlic, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne: For such a simple dish, this recipe has a wealth of spices and aromatics. Get our Curried Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Tofu recipe.
5. Thai Red Curry with Kabocha Squash
Sweet, creamy-textured kabocha squash (or pumpkin) is the defining flavor and texture of this one-pot vegetarian curry with Thai flavors. A rich sauce of commercial red curry paste and coconut milk provide luxuriousness without a lot of fuss, and onion and green bell pepper give textural support. Get our Thai Red Curry with Kabocha Squash recipe.
6. Cauliflower Green Curry
The namesake vegetable gets ample flavor and textural support from a cast of veggie costars, including canned chickpeas and green beans. The sauce is super easy to make—just combine canned coconut milk, commercial Thai green curry paste, and a touch of soy sauce to up the umami factor. Get our Cauliflower Green Curry recipe.
7. Eggplant Curry with Lemongrass and Coconut Milk
Slim, tender, relatively un-seedy Asian eggplant is the star of this Thai-inspired curry dish. Lemongrass is the flavor heart of this luxurious dish, with a bold sauce of Thai chiles, garlic, fresh ginger, ground turmeric, shallots, fish sauce, and coconut milk. Steam some rice, and enjoy! Get our Eggplant Curry with Lemongrass and Coconut Milk recipe.
8. Thai Green Curry Chicken Thighs
Red bell peppers, green beans, and coconut milk combine with skinless, bone-in chicken thighs in this irresistible one-bowl meal with bright flavors. Lime juice, Asian fish sauce, and commercial Thai green curry paste form the delicious sauce. Cook up some rice and dinner’s done. Get our Thai Green Curry Chicken Thighs recipe.
9. Indian Chickpea Curry with Spinach
This super-healthy take on an Indian classic marries canned chickpeas (the best kitchen time saver we know) with onion, fresh ginger, and a spice blend that includes coriander seed, cumin, and sweet paprika. Add canned tomatoes and spinach, and you have a dish with bold flavor that’s actually good for you. Get our Indian Chickpea Curry with Spinach recipe.