20 vegan curries for easy weeknight dinners

Author: Rachel Smith

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! No curry is complete without a serving of naan to soak up the juices, so be sure to check out our vegan keema naan bread recipe too.

Now let’s start making some mouth-watering vegan curry recipes!

1. 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.

vegan curry recipes

2. 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.

vegan curry recipes

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.

vegan curry recipes

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3. Katsu Curry

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

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4. Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean Curry

This Caribbean-inspired vegan curry is packed with vegetables and black beans and seasoned with fiery chillis and fragrant spices. It’s hot, wholesome and downright delicious.

Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean Curry

5. Vegan Green Bean & Roasted Potato Curry

Roast potatoes aren’t just a delicious side for your vegan roast dinner, they’re also a wonderful ingredient to add to curries too. This curry is not too spicy and has a bit of crunch thanks to the green potatoes and roasties.

The key to achieving the crunchy texture is to make sure your potatoes are perfectly roasted. Take a look at our guide to cooking roast potatoes if you need some extra tips.

Vegan Green Bean & Roasted Potato Curry

6. Vegan Indonesian Tempeh Curry

Can we tempeh you to a bowl of this vibrantly coloured Indonesian tempeh curry? Stir-fried vegetables are mixed with coconut and citrus flavours to make a veggie curry that tastes like sunshine.

Vegan Indonesian Tempeh Curry

7. Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Curry

The sweetness of the potato balances beautifully with the fresh and fiery flavours of this Thai-inspired veggie curry recipe. Lemongrass adds a delightfully zesty element to this curry that will take your tastebuds on a trip to Thailand.

Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Curry

8. 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.

Vegetable Dhansak

9. 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.

Red Lentil Dahl with Coconut & Lime

10. Vegan Tempeh Vindaloo

If you like your curries hot and spicy then this vegan vindaloo will tick all of your boxes. There are 10 different spices in this curry so each bite is a symphony of sweet, fiery and heady spices.

Vegan Tempeh Vindaloo

11. Vegan Katsu Curry with Crispy Aubergine

Katsu curry is one of the most popular curries for a good reason – it’s both sweet and spicy at the same time with a crunchy, fried element that packs it with texture. Here, we’ve used crispy aubergine in place of chicken to make a recipe the whole family will beg you to make more often.

Vegan Katsu Curry with Crispy Aubergine

12. Spicy Vegan Thai Green Curry

This tangy, spicy vegan Thai green curry recipe is full of fresh and flavourful ingredients like lemongrass and ginger. It has all the sweetness and spice that a vegan Thai green curry needs with plenty of spice for those who like it hot.

Spicy Vegan Thai Green Curry Recipe

13. Vegan Chickpea, Spinach and Peanut Butter Curry

Curries are great for meal prepping as they freeze well and can last in the fridge for up to a week. Plus, the flavour intensifies over time so it tastes even better the next day. This vegan chickpea and peanut butter curry is our go-to when we want an easy meal we can enjoy all week long.

Vegan Chickpea, Spinach and Peanut Butter Curry

14. Lemon Balm Curry

Lemon balm is a herb from the mint family that has a mild lemon flavour that imparts a delicious zestiness when used in curries. This curry is made from a medley of veggies like mange tout and broccoli with vegan chicken pieces so is great if you’re feeding a family of veggies and meat-easters.

Lemon Balm Curry

15. Vegan Butternut Squash & Almond Butter Curry

Curries don’t have to be hot and spicy to be delicious. This curry has a sweet, nutty flavour thanks to the squash and almond butter, with notes of ginger and cumin bringing in the flavour.

Vegan Butternut Squash & Almond Butter Curry

16. Butterbean, Sweet Potato & Spinach Coconut Curry

This supremely creamy coconut curry will banish those curry house cravings. It’s packed with nutritious ingredients like butterbeans, spinach and sweet potato and takes just 30 minutes to make.

Butterbean, Sweet Potato & Spinach Coconut Curry

17. Quick & Easy Vegan Biryani with Aubergine

This speedy vegan biryani will be on your table and ready to eat long before a delivery driver would reach you, so it’s perfect for those nights when you can’t decide whether to get a takeaway or not.

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

Quick & Easy Vegan Biryani with Aubergine

18. Aubergine, Tomato & Fenugreek Curry

Using vine-ripened tomatoes is the key to the aromatic flavour of this aubergine and fenugreek curry. It’s so tasty and ideal for a healthy vegan meal that doesn’t compromise on flavour.

Aubergine, Tomato & Fenugreek Curry

19. 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.

omato & Chickpea Curry with Potato & Pea Cakes

20. Vegan One-Pot Curry with Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a great ingredient to add to curries to give them a meaty element without using processed meat alternatives.

Vegan One-Pot Curry with Jackfruit

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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