The ubiquitous Indian curry is naturally colorful.
Although not everything in the world of Indian cuisine revolves around curry, as seen in these recipes for Cheese Dosa crepes, Parsi Potato Frittata, Basmati Rice Veggie Pulao and Bell Pepper Subji; today’s post highlights Indian Curries in all their vivid glory.
Each hearty curry in this list shows off the natural colors of its fresh ingredients, ranging from red and green, to yellow, deep orange and even white.
Plus most Indian Curries are effortlessly gluten-free, and can be made vegetarian or vegan.
Read more on the modern evolution of Curry and its historic origins, which can even be traced back to the Indus valley civilizations in this article ‘Curry: Where did it Come From?’ by BBC Food.
Browse the collection below, and click on any image or title for the recipe.
This versatile 5-step recipe is a great place to start for any Curry novice; the simple onion-tomato based curry can be made with chicken as shown in this recipe, or your choice of meat and vegetables.
A staple ingredient used in this and many other curries is Ginger Garlic Paste: ginger root and garlic cloves ground together and stored in the refrigerator for easy access. Simply make it at home in a food processor with my 2-step recipe or buy it; this is a store brand I trust.
Based on India’s spinach ‘Palak’ favorite, this green curry is just as hearty as its red counterpart, adapting to the taste of its accompanying meat or vegetable. Replace the mushroom in this recipe with fresh Indian cottage cheese Paneer, cubes of potato, diced chicken, or sweet corn for new versions of an old classic.
A cheerfully yellow, healthful curry made with fresh yogurt along with Indian aromatics and spices is best served over steamed basmati rice. Add Indian fritters Pakora or lightly sautéed okra to this curry for an authentic touch.
Although very similar to the red curry, potatoes softening as they cook into the aromatics and spices, give this vegetarian potato and pea curry it’s classic deep orange color.
A personal favorite and perhaps not as flexible as its curry peers in terms of meat and vegetable addition, the delightfully unique white curry preparation Parsi Saas gravy is best made with fish (Macchi) and bright red cherry tomatoes.
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