This Vegan Beetroot Curry Is Easy To Make & Bursting With Flavor

mbg Editorial Assistant By Jamie Schneider
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Jamie Schneider is the Editorial Assistant at mindbodygreen with a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan. She's previously written for Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare.

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At mbg, we're always looking for new and creative ways to make our favorite meals. Enter Annie Nichols' Vegan Beetroot Curry: A take on a classic Indian dish that's jam-packed with veggies and fragrant flavors. The beets in this recipe are high in antioxidants and aid in liver detoxification, making this curry your ultimate staple for clean eating this fall.

What's more, this recipe includes tons of vitamin C with ingredients like ginger, lemon, and orange juice (hello, cold season!), and the cashew and peanut topping offers just the right amount of protein needed for a satisfying, nutrient-dense dinner, even if you decide to nix the tofu and leave the dish as is. The aromatic spices will make your kitchen smell so heavenly, and your friends and family will be shocked to know that whipping up this dish actually took no time at all (but you don't have to tell them that).

Vegan Beetroot Curry

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 12 curry leaves (optional, but recommended)
  • 75-g / 2⅔-oz. piece fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 6 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 400-g / 14-oz. can chopped tomatoes
  • 400-ml / 14-fl.-oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 liter / 4½ cups vegetable stock
  • 8 raw beetroot (beets), with leaves if possible, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tbsp. palm or light brown sugar, plus extra to taste
  • juice of 4 limes or 2 lemons, or a mix of both
  • small bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • handful of cashews, peanuts, or pecans, toasted and crushed, to serve
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Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan.
  2. Add the curry leaves, if using, then add the garlic, ginger, chili, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, and orange zest.
  3. Stir fry for about 3 minutes, then add the orange juice, tomatoes, coconut milk, and stock.
  4. Season, bring to a boil, add the chopped beetroot (beets) and sugar, and bring to a boil again.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the beetroot is tender when tested with the point of a knife.
  6. Meanwhile, wash the beetroot leaves. Remove and discard any thick stalks, and chop the leaves roughly. Once the beetroot is tender, stir the leaves into the pot and cook until tender.
  7. Check the curry for seasoning, and squeeze in half of the lime or lemon juice.
  8. Taste, adding more juice and sugar if desired, then stir in the chopped coriander (cilantro).
  9. Serve the curry topped with tofu and crushed nuts (optional, but totally recommended).

Recipe excerpted with permission from How To Be Vegan and Keep Your Friends by Annie Nichols, published by Quadrille September 2019.

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