There's something super comforting about a dish based on a bed of rice. Especially gorgeous golden rice, colored by fresh turmeric. Add a delicious coconut curry to the mix and some fresh basil, and you've got yourself a fragrant, inviting dinner, you will enjoy making just as much as you enjoy eating.

Coconut Basil Curry and Turmeric Pilaf [Vegan]



For the Curry:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 13.5-ounce can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil plus more for garnish

For the Pilaf:

  • 2-3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 1/2-inch knob fresh turmeric, pressed
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped


To Make the Curry:

  1. Heat oil on medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, and ginger. Sauté for a few minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  2. Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, lime juice, clove, cumin, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and let cook down for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour in corn starch mixture and bring back to a simmer. The curry will thicken.
  4. Add peas and fresh basil just before serving.
  5. Serve over rice.

To Make the Pilaf:

  1. Melt butter on medium heat. Add onions and garlic, then sauté until onions become translucent.
  2. Add rice to the pan and allow to toast for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add turmeric, vegetable broth, and salt. Cover and allow the rice to cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Add cilantro just before serving.