Tempeh coconut curry

Hey everyone! As you can probably tell from all the recap posts popping up and all the Twitter talk with the #HLS13 hashtag, the Healthy Living Summit this year was amazing! I’m having a hard time figuring out a way to sum it up (and also I haven’t had time to sort through all my pictures), so I’m going to buy myself some time and just put up this tempeh coconut curry recipe I’ve been meaning to post.

Tempeh coconut curry

Now, curry and I have a funny history. I never ate it growing up until I was in my teens. That’s when my parents ate it at their friends’ house and loved it so much they brought the recipe home, along with a jar of Bolst’s curry powder. We made it a bunch of times and I even started making it for myself when I moved out. Then one day I ran out of the Bolst’s stuff, so I bought another brand. Except, after eating my curry dinner, I broke out in a red itchy rash. I didn’t think much of it, until I had curry at a restaurant a few months later and my lips swelled up!

curryculpritsThe curry culprits

So I avoided curry for the next year, thinking I somehow developed an allergy to it. But I seriously craved it. So one day I bought myself a new jar of that Bolst’s curry powder, dug out a spoonful and shoved it in my mouth. That was either really stupid or really daring of me – call it when you like. So then I waited… and waited… and nothing. I was fine!

I don’t know if those other incidents were flukes, or if maybe they were contaminated with nuts, or if maybe I’m allergic to only a certain spice in curry powder, but whatever it is, I am ecstatic that I can still have curry! This tempeh coconut curry recipe is one of my recent favourites:

Tempeh coconut curry

Tempeh coconut curry
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Tempeh coconut curry that's vegan and gluten free. Serve over brown basmati rice.
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 250 g tempeh, cubed
  • 2 tsp freshly minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 400 ml can of light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ tsp salt, or more to taste
  1. In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil then add the onion and lower the heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes then add the carrot and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes, making sure to stir frequently.
  2. Next add the cauliflower, broccoli, tempeh, ginger, garlic, and curry powder. Cook for 1-2 minutes to let the flavours intensify, then add the coconut milk and tomato paste.
  3. Continue to cook until the vegetables soften, then stir in the spinach. Season with salt to taste (Don't omit this step - the salt really helps bring out the flavours!) then serve.

Tempeh coconut curry

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37 Responses to Tempeh coconut curry

  1. Mmmm I love coconut curries – I miss having tempeh in my life. I can’t find the plain stuff ANYWHERE!

    Court and I made a very similar stir fry the other night, except we ‘sauteed’ the veggies in broth, then added the coconut milk at the very end. So good!

  2. Coconut and curry are two of my favourite things! This looks like the perfect dinner..thanks for sharing :).

  3. Woah – a spoonful of curry straight into your mouth??! I don’t think I could have handled that ;) And I’m glad you’re not allergic! Curry is one of my favorite spices!

  4. I discovered the curry + coconut milk combination this summer thanks to blogs and good old Pinterest and I’m so glad that I did! I love it. This recipe sounds delicious.

  5. Lol that spoonful of curry story was epic… you’re a brave one for sure ;) And it’s funny because I was literally -just- talking to my mom about curry last night. Apparently my dad’s been asking for some, so Mom was looking for a good recipe… I’ll have to pass yours along :D And now I’m seriously craving coconut rice and a stir fry like a mad woman. Thanks for that :P

    • Chelsea

      Haha, brave or stupid? I’m not so sure. It took my mouth/throat/breathing abilities a good 10 minutes to recover from that assault lol!

  6. I’m looking forward to your recap Chelsea! It does look like everyone had a great time :)
    And uhhh you are brave my friend with that curry! Not sure I could handle it haha. My mom claims she doesn’t like but i’ve made dishes with it in the past and yep, she has enjoyed the flavors! I think she prefers just a subtle amount, as it can be quite strong. On that note, this dish looks tasty, thanks for another winning recipe deary

  7. That’s so strange about the curry powder but hats of to you for taking a spoonful…daring much ;)! Does it make me a terrible Indian to admit that I don’t love curry at all? And the rare occasions I get a craving, it’s usually for Thai curry…mmm it’s been a while since I’ve had Thai green curry & rice and I actually wouldn’t mind some now!

  8. I loooove curry dishes so much!
    Haha, that’s so odd with the curry story! I’ve had that happen to me with other foods, so they’ve kind of scarred me, but maybe I should try it out again…in small amounts of course. I’d say you’re pretty brave for giving that one a try!

  9. The spoonful of curry story is one of my favourites :-p I’d call it daring…or maybe just really determined! I love curries, but I never make them at home – for some reason Indian/Asian flavours really intimidate me.

    And I need to start experimenting with tempeh a little bit more! I’ve only ever bought the pre-marinated one that’s supposed to taste like bacon, and i wasn’t a fan of the flavours at all. I think I need to pick up a plain version and see what I can do with that.

    • Chelsea

      I much prefer adding my own flavour to the plain kind versus the already flavoured kinds. But tempeh itself has a pretty strong flavour that not everyone likes. I would try doing it in a sweet marinade to offset the flavour – like an orange juice marinade or something!

  10. I love this recipe!!! Pinning and making it for sure. You combined two of my loves, tempeh + curry. A seriously killer combo!

  11. Yum!! I am SO trying this one out. I LOVE tempeh and all things curry-related :).

  12. I have just recently started to really have a thing for curry and now I really need to try tempeh. I made something with it a long time ago and it didn’t turn out right. The looks of this dish makes me want to give it another try!

    • Chelsea

      Tempeh has a pretty strong flavour so not everyone likes it! I find the coconut milk in this helps to offset the flavour of the tempeh though.

  13. HLS is definitely something I want to go to one year! Sounds like a blast! :) And this looks amazing – gotta love tempeh

  14. I love curry. I made it last weekend, but unfortunately it was so hot that I could barely eat it. Yours looks delicious.

  15. After hearing about your curry troubles I am glad you can enjoy it again. :-) Also, you must have been reading my mind since I have been seriously lacking in the creativity department when it comes to making tempeh. Take as long as you need with those recaps, it was definitely a lot to take in. I crammed my thoughts in 3 posts and my mind is still reeling!

  16. LOL. That is a very smart way of testing out potential allergic reactions. Lucky it worked in your favour! definitely bookmarking this recipe- although I might sub the tempeh for chicken or something, as I’m not the biggest fan!

  17. Oh boy, you’re a brave one for shoveling a spoonful of it in your mouth! Haha! I loooove curry!

  18. this looks really good! sometimes the top of my mouth gets tingly but i can’t pinpoint what it is!

  19. This looks like something you would indeed enjoy. I am not a huge ethnic food or spicy food girl. You and curry certainly do have a tale! lol

  20. Mmmm this looks delicious! I will have to make it soon

  21. Mmm, sounds SO good. I just had tempeh again recently because I don’t normally eat it. Definitely will consider it in a curry next time!!

  22. I love tempeh and coconut curry! This looks amazing.

  23. I love curry, but I rarely ever cook with it. This dish sounds amazing and seems super easy to whip up!

  24. I’ve only recently discovered a love for curry…actually last summer when I had my very first Thai experience…and it was actually a coconut curry! I’ve only tried a couple other kinds since then, but I have to say the coconut is my favorite. I use curry powder here and there in the kitchen, but I’ve never actually made my own curry dish…besides the one time I dumped curry stir fry sauce over some veggies and called it good! Haha! I may have to give this a go…I didn’t realize it was so easy to make!

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