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Tarkari Vegan Curry Recipe

Tarkari Vegan Curry Recipe

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Tarkari is a traditional Nepali curry, commonly served alongside dal bhat, a lentil and rice dish that is eaten daily by Nepalese families. Like many South Asian recipes, this one is rich in spices, both savoury and a little bit sweet.

Serves: 4




  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2–3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 potatoes, cubed
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1 cup peas
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp, lime juice
  • ½ bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  1. Heat a wok or large pan, add the onion and garlic and sauté for a few mins.
  2. Stir in the bay leaves, ginger, cumin, turmeric, coriander, chilli and salt and pepper. Cook for 1 min or until the spices become aromatic.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, cauliflower and potatoes and water. Cover with a lid and continue to cook on a low heat, stirring regularly for 10 mins or until the vegetables soften.
  4. Stir in the peas and cook just until the peas are soft.=
  5. Stir in 1 tsp of garam masala, salt to taste and lime juice.
  6. Top with the chopped coriander and serve.


Adam Guthrie

Adam is a vegan whose passion for food began with a life-threatening illness and continues today in a lifestyle built around healthy cooking and eating. Adam is a qualified chef and wellness coach who specialises in a wholefood, plant-based diet. Adam shares how to prepare delicious, healthy food for health, energy and vitality. He conducts online healthy eating and wellness programs and gives keynote talks, live cooking demonstrations and cooking classes on the subject of healthy eating and living well.