Mixed Vegetable Curry

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

The vibrant spices in this vegetarian dish give it a great depth of flavor. If you like, serve the curry with a dollop of plain yogurt.


  • 2 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise

  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed

  • 2 large tomatoes (1 ½ pounds total), roughly chopped

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

  • ½ pound okra, stemmed and halved lengthwise

  • 3 cups cooked white rice, for serving


  1. In a food processor, puree ginger and garlic with 1/4 cup water until mostly smooth.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high. Add mustard seed and cumin seed and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ginger-garlic paste; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until beginning to break down, about 3 minutes.

  3. Add potatoes and 3 1/2 cups water; season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase heat to high and boil until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes. Fold in cauliflower and okra, partially cover, and cook until tender, 9 to 10 minutes. Serve curry with rice.

Cook's Notes

To build the curry's flavor, start by cooking the spices in oil to release their aroma. Then add the ginger-garlic paste and cook until dry and thickened.

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