This hearty curry is a little sweet, nicely spicy and packed with meaty mushrooms. The all-veggie sauce is easy to make and brimming with authentic Indian flavor.
Hot and Hearty Mushroom Curry [Vegan]
For the Spices:
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon red curry powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
For the Curry:
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 16 ounces Cremini mushrooms, sliced thick
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
- 3 medium-large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
- 1 pound carrots, chopped into 1 inch-ish pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 3 cups spinach greens
- Juice of 1/2 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large non-stick cooking pot, heat 1 teaspoon of oil on medium. Sauté the mushrooms for about 5 minutes, or until they're quite juicy and reduced in size. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the same pot and reduce the heat to low. Add all the spices and let them bloom in the oil for about two minutes. Add a little water if they're looking dry.
- Raise the heat to medium and add the onion and pepper. Saute for about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for another two minutes. Reduce the heat and add a little water if needed.
- Add the carrots, water, and salt and raise the heat to high; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.
- Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to puree the carrot mixture into a creamy sauce. You can also use a food processor and do it in two shifts. If using a food processor, when you're done return the sauce to the pot.
- Heat the sauce on medium-low and stir in the peanut butter, greens and mushrooms. Heat through until the greens start to wilt.
- Serve alone or with your favorite rice, quinoa or flatbread.