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Buy-Nothing-New Curry Recipe

Try Alexx Stuart's clever Buy-Nothing-New Curry Recipe

Credit: Alexx Stuart

This curry is fabulously frugal and the tastiest way I know to make the most of less-than-desirable looking vegie odds and ends in the fridge. Don’t be bound by my ingredients list; make this curry your own by using any limp veg hiding in the fridge. For a yummy soup, add another cup of stock, remove the cinnamon stick at the end and blend on high for a few seconds.

Serves: 4



  • 60mL coconut oil
    6 cardamom pods, bruised with the back of a knife
  • 1 cinnamon stick
    ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 large onion
    1-inch piece ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp your favourite curry powder
  • 1 large red chilli or ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • 4 fennel fronds
  • 4 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 12 silverbeet stalks, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup green beans
  • A few beetroot leaves
    200mL coconut cream
  • 250mL vegetable, chicken or beef stock
  • 25mL filtered water
  • 125mL tomato passata
  • Black sesame seeds, to garnish
  • Spring onion, sliced, to garnish
  • Coriander leaves, to garnish
  • Cooked rice or quinoa, to serve
  • Flat-bread, to serve
  1. Over low–medium heat, heat coconut oil with cardamom pods, cinnamon stick and fennel seeds in large saucepan then fry onion for about 20 mins, until very golden but not burnt.
  2. Add ginger, garlic and curry powder and cook for 1–2 mins until aromatic. Add veg and stir until well coated with spices. Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is warmed through and vegies start to soften.
  3. Simmer for 15 mins.
  4. Top with garnishes and serve as is, or with rice, quinoa or flat bread.


Alex Stuart

Alexx Stuart is a passionate educator in the space she calls "living a low-tox life". Through her speaking, workshops, e-courses and online community, she helps people make the best new choices for themselves, their family and the planet.