20 vegan curries for easy weeknight dinners

Spice up your weeknight dinners with these delicious vegan curries. There's something for everyone whether you like it hot or not!

Who doesn’t love a weeknight curry? These vegan curries will give you some fresh inspiration for your favourite night of the week, drawing recipes from India, Thailand, Japan and even the Caribbean.

What can you use to replace meat in vegan curry recipes?

While many traditional curries are packed with meat and fish, it is very easy to replace them with vegan alternatives.

All major supermarkets now have vegan meats such as chicken, beef and even lamb, so it’s possible to make a comforting ‘meaty’ curry without animals.

Another option is to use tofu or tempeh, which are less processed vegan protein sources. Tofu is great for soaking up all the flavours of the curry, while tempeh offers a meatier bite.

Alternatively, go for more whole foods with beans, chickpeas or just lots of vegetables!

Now you’ve chosen your preferred meat alternatives, let’s start making some mouth-watering vegan curry recipes!

The best vegan curry recipes for meat-free meals

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1. Fragrant Lentil Curry

There’s nothing like a fragrant curry bubbling away on the hob to get your tummy rumbling!

This lovely lentil curry is an absolute taste sensation with a beautiful medley of herbs and spices such as fenugreek, cumin and warming cinnamon to delight the senses.

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2. Caramelised Onion Dahl

If you love caramelised onion, this rich and flavourful dhal is definitely for you.

Packed with warming spices such as cumin, turmeric and dried chilli flakes, this simple dinner is perfect for when the sky is grey.

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3. Red Lentil Dahl

This cosy vegan dahl is full of warming spices such as turmeric and cumin for those chilly Spring evenings. Packed with plant-based protein, red lentil dahl will quickly become a weeknight staple.

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4. Butter Tofu Curry

The traditionally animal-based classic has been veganised here to create an indulgent weeknight dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes.

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5. Tofu Thai Red Curry

This Thai favourite is packed with punchy flavours yet still deliciously creamy. Serve with Thai jasmine rice and a wedge of lime.

6. Tofu Laksa

This Malaysian curry soup features a creamy coconut milk broth with noodles, tofu and fresh crunchy vegetables and herbs.

With mild warming heat from the red curry paste and turmeric and fragrant herbs, this soup will be on your weekly recipe rotation in no time!

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7. Vegan Jerk-Style Sweet Potato Curry

This Caribbean Jerk-style vegan curry is packed with vegetables and kidney beans and seasoned with fiery chillis and fragrant spices.

Follow the serving suggestion of cauliflower rice for a lower calorie option or choose basmati rice or roti instead for a filling weeknight treat.

8. Thai Green Curry

Thai red’s spicier sister, the Thai green curry is a herbaceous symphony of lemongrass, coriander and lime leaves. Tuck into this veg-packed version using a homemade paste.

9. Jamaican Vegetable Curry

This fresh, spicy curry is packed with Jamaican spices and scotch bonnet for a Caribbean kick. Packed with delicate vegetables and topped with coconut flakes, this gorgeous curry will be on your meal rotation in no time!

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Watch vegan chef Gaz Oakley show you how to make this simple Jamaican curry recipe below!

10. Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Curry

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11. Vegetable Korma

It wouldn’t be an Indian round-up without the classic Korma. With a lightly spiced, creamy sauce this dish is perfect for those who can’t handle the heat.

12. Speedy Vegetable Dhansak

Packed with protein, fibre and complex carbs, this wholesome vegetable dhansak is a deliciously healthy option for a quick and easy evening meal.

13. Sunny Sri Lankan Curry

This sunshine curry is packed with gorgeous vegetables and marinated tofu for the perfect weeknight pick-me-up. The vibrant colour comes from ground turmeric and will definitely help you get over hump-day.

14. One-Pot Vietnamese Curry

This one-pot Vietnamese curry (or Cà ri) is loaded with veggies and infused with aromatics like ginger, lemongrass, garlic, and lime. If you’re bored of Indian-inspired curries and looking for something different, this vegan curry recipe is the one is for you.

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15. Tofu Chinese Curry

This Chinese-inspired curry is ready in just 30 minutes and comes together in one pot. It’s packed with gentle warming spices such as Chinese five-spice, turmeric, and ginger and chunky vegetables.

16. Quick Vegetable Biriyani

This rice-based curry dish is loaded with fresh veggies, crunchy cashews and warming aromatics for an easy dinner.

17. Butterbean, Sweet Potato & Spinach Coconut Curry

If you love a creamy curry, this one is for you! Packed with butterbeans, sweet potato and spinach, this veggie-loaded curry will make the ideal weeknight meal.

18. Tomato & Chickpea Curry with Potato & Pea Cakes

Love trying something new? This tomato-based curry is topped with potato and pea cakes for something extra special to beat the Monday blues.

Serve with a drizzle of herby green dressing and you’ll experience Indian-inspired indulgence.

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19. Katsu Curry

This veganised cult favourite uses breaded Sgaia steaks generously served with fragrant curry sauce, rice and fresh spring onions.

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20. Peanut Tempeh Curry

This easy weeknight curry is ready in just 20 minutes and features the meaty texture of tempeh. With a rich, peanutty curry sauce you’ll feel indulgent even though it’s not the weekend yet!

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Written by

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith

Vic is a freelance writer and content creator, passionate about ethical and environmental issues. When she’s not busy scribbling away she can be found visiting the best vegan restaurants in the UK and making delicious dairy-free coffees at a café in Essex. Her favourite animals are dogs, cows and pigs and her lifelong dream is to open an animal sanctuary with an onsite vegan café. You can find Vic on Instagram @vicsveganeats


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