If you are going to pick one curry to make, allow me to recommend this simple vegan peanut butter curry… OMG!
Everywhere I look I see tons of curry recipes. One looks better than the next. And as I’m perusing my cookbooks and my favorite food blogs, and my beautifully photographed stacks of foodie magazines, I get really confused. You can almost see the wheels turning in my head… should I make a chicken curry? A meat curry? A nut stew? Hmmm, maybe just chickpeas?
There are sooooo many ways to make curry. I guess this is what makes it the best clean-out-the-fridge meal around.
So, there I was, standing in front of the open refrigerator, just waiting for the contents to speak to me. Okay, truthfully, I was pulling out all of the veggies that were about to go bad unless I did something with them quickly…
Any-hoo, I had everything sitting on the counter and I was scrolling through my favorite foodie sites, when I saw one of my all-time favorite bloggers had made a peanut butter curry. Mystery solved. This is what I had to make a version of. So, I owe a big thanks to Healthy Living James because he’s the one who turned that lightbulb on over my head. I had often used nuts in my curries, but peanut butter? Well, that sounded like a genius idea to me. And, let me tell you, this is the best curry I every made.
This Simple Vegan Peanut Butter Curry is really simple to make. Don’t let the ingredient list scare you — remember, I was cleaning out my pantry and my fridge — this recipe is easily customizable based on what’s going on in your kitchen. The whole thing comes together in a half hour. And, it’s got a bunch of awesome healing ingredients to make you feel amazing.
For another great curry, try my recipe for Mung Bean Coconut Curry… it’s just as awesome!
This curry even has some ingredients to help you keep your stress and anxiety in check…
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Here are some of the amazing healing ingredients in this simple vegan peanut butter curry:
Onions are great for your immune system; they are a natural antihistamine. Recently, I recommended that a patient with bronchitis put sliced raw onions in her socks when she went to sleep… she woke up so much better. (I know I’ve told you this before, but it really is awesome!) Onion is a superhero in the food world!
Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Garlic is actually a Chinese herb (Da Suan). It’s used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc….
In Chinese medicine, we use tomatoes to aid in digestion and to help detoxify the body. They are also good to combat excess cholesterol, lessen inflammation and curb asthma. Tomatoes can also quench thirst, and they can help fight some kidney infections.
Also, in Chinese medicine, we use coconut to strengthen the body, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding. Coconut kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. And perhaps most importantly, it helps you keep your mind sharp and it makes it easier for you to focus. I like to use full-fat canned coconut milk for this curry.
Chickpeas actually help calm the spirit. They relieve anxiety and soothe irritability… it kind of makes you realize why hummus is so popular…
Parsley has been shown to reduce tumors in the lungs and to neutralize the effects of carcinogens, including cigarette smoke. It is high in vitamins A and C, and is good for your heart. This herb is also a natural breath freshener. So, if you have a chance to use more than a few sprigs as a garnish, go for it.
Cauliflower helps digestion and is great to eat if you are experiencing constipation. It can help with age-related memory loss and it contains a healthy amount of Vitamin B, Vitamin K and Omega-3 fatty acids and can also help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cauliflower also helps the body with detoxification and with reducing inflammation.
Lemon peels contain calcium, potassium and vitamin C. Lemons are good for your stomach, they help detoxify your body, they balance your pH and they act as an antibacterial. If you have a sore throat or a cough, go for lemons to make things better. Lemons are great for quenching your thirst, and, in China, many years ago, hypertension was treated by drinking tea made from lemon peels. I used the peel and the flesh of preserved lemons in this recipe, but you can use the flesh and the zest of regular lemons too.
Raisins help relieve constipation, can help bring down a fever, and can be good for you if you have anemia. Research has also shown them to be effective in helping to ward of cancer because they increase antioxidant levels in your body.
- 3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 med red onion, chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, smashed
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp cumin
- 2 tsp Thai roasted red chili paste
- 2 tsp red curry paste
- 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes
- 1 lb cauliflower rice (either pulse the florets from 1 head of cauliflower in your food process or buy it already riced)
- 1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 15-oz can full-fat coconut milk
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 preserved lemon, chopped (or, you can use the juice and zest of 1 lemon)
- ¼ cup raisins
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- 1 cup raw cashers (optional garnish)
- In a heavy pot, heat the oil over med heat. Add the onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and sauce 3 mins.
- Stir in the paprika, smoked paprika, cumin, chili paste and curry paste. Cook, stirring 3 mins.
- Add the remaining ingredients, except the cashews, and stir well.
- Reduce the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, 25 mins, or until thickened.
- Ladle into bowls, top with cashews, and enjoy!