Healthy Curry Main Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious curry recipes including chicken curry, beef curry, seafood curry, vegetarian curries, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chhole (Chickpea Curry)

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
Made with convenient canned beans, this quick and healthy Indian recipe is an authentic chickpea curry that you can make in minutes. If you want an additional vegetable, stir in some roasted cauliflower florets. Serve with brown basmati rice or warm naan.
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By Shefaly Ravula, PA-C

Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry

Rating: 5 stars 13
To make this 20-minute vegan curry even faster, buy precut veggies from the salad bar at the grocery store. To make it a full, satisfying dinner, serve over cooked brown rice. When shopping for simmer sauce, look for one with 400 mg of sodium or less and check the ingredient list for cream or fish sauce if you want to keep this vegan. If you like a spicy kick, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce at the end.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Chickpea & Potato Curry

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
This fast Indian-style curry comes together with ingredients you most likely have on hand, like frozen peas and canned tomatoes and chickpeas. Plus, using these spices shows how simple it is to make a curry sauce for an easy vegetarian recipe. Serve with whole-wheat naan to sop it all up.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Red Lentil & Cauliflower Curry

Rating: 3 stars 3
This cauliflower curry recipe also features red lentils, which turn yellow when cooked. Curry powder, onions, cumin and other seasonings give this vegetarian dinner tons of flavor. Serve over rice to complete the meal.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

One-Pot Coconut Milk Curry with Chickpeas

Rating: 5 stars 2
The assortment of vegetables in this vegan one-pot dish add varying textures and flavors to make each forkful exciting. The sweet potato balances the savory spices nicely. Serve this bright and flavorful curry with rice or rice noodles.
By Carolyn Casner

Squash & Red Lentil Curry

Rating: 4 stars 25
This healthy red lentil curry recipe has a rich flavor and complexity that tastes like it takes hours to prepare. Butternut squash and coconut milk combine with the lentils to make a hearty vegetarian dish. Serve with brown rice or naan bread.
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Curry Chicken Potpie

Rating: 5 stars 2
Here, the crust goes on the top instead of the bottom, inverting the classic chicken potpie recipe, so be sure to get the one that comes as a roll instead of already in a tin.
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By Joy Howard

Chickpea Coconut Curry

Here, coconut milk adds creaminess while keeping the dish vegan. Serve over basmati rice or with a side of naan.
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Meal-Prep Curried Chicken & Chili-Lime Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 2
Save time and maximize your efforts by mixing up two separate chicken marinades and cooking multiple recipes at once. This simple but flavorful meal-prep chicken dinner idea lets you cook ahead and not be bored with your choices by mid-week. Both recipes are roasted together on a baking sheet; a foil barrier keeps them separate. Make this base chicken recipe and use it to create the Meal-Prep Chili-Lime Chicken Bowls & Meal-Prep Curried Chicken Bowls (see associated recipes) for lunch or dinner this week.
By Carolyn Casner

Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice

Rating: 1 stars 3
Combine precooked lentils (often located in the produce section of your grocery store) with an Indian-style simmer sauce for a super-fast and flavorful curry. Serving it over riced cauliflower bumps up the vegetable count and keeps carb servings in check. This 3-ingredient dinner (not counting salt, pepper and oil) is really as easy as it gets. To be mindful of the salt, look for simmer sauces with less than or close to 350 mg sodium per ¼-cup serving.
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By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Cauliflower Chicken Curry

Rating: 5 stars 1
Yogurt combined with spices coats cauliflower and chicken thighs in this Indian-inspired curry. The longer you marinate the chicken and cauliflower, the richer the taste, but even 20 minutes of marinating time will give you great results. Smoked paprika adds a more complex flavor, but regular paprika works well too. Serve this saucy dish with brown rice to complete the meal.
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By Hilary Meyer

15-Minute Shrimp & Coconut Curry with Eggplant

Rating: 2 stars 1
In this quick shrimp recipe, shrimp is paired with a coconut curry and tender eggplant. Red, yellow or green curry works well in this quick dinner. To keep it fast, serve with precooked brown rice to sop up the sauce.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

11 Vegan Curry Recipes for a Hearty and Delicious Meal
These vegan curry recipes are perfect for a cool fall night. With plenty of warming spices, these curries are packed with flavor and protein, thanks to ingredients like lentils, chickpeas and jackfruit. To get a creamy texture, we use coconut milk instead of dairy. Recipes like Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry and Delicata Squash & Tofu Curry are filling and tasty.
Curried Shrimp with Cauliflower and Chickpeas
Rating: Unrated 2
In this delicious main dish, cauliflower is slow-cooked with curry powder and aromatic vegetables, and shrimp and chickpeas are added in towards the end of the cooking time. Served over brown basmati rice and sprinkled with cilantro and peanuts, this dish will get a thumbs up from anyone eating it!
Chicken Kurma (Traditional Chicken Curry)
Rating: 4.5 stars 2

Naseema Kashefi prepares this richly flavored chicken curry on the milder side for New Arrival Supper Club events in Los Angeles. Add more serrano if you like it hot.