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Green gram creamy vegan curry

Making this curry definitely took me back to India. All the delicious flavours of the spices give this dish so much aroma. This creamy vegan curry is actually quite easy to make using one of my favourite legumes, green gram. Known for its many nutritional benefits, particularly high in fibre and protein, green gram is also cleansing and does not upset agni (the digestive fire); it light to digest, nourishing and filling. This tasty legume is used often in Ayurvedic detox treatments and Panchakarma, usually as a soup.

Zucchini and carrots are both easier to digest when cooked.

This is one of those homemade comforting meals that will leave the belly full without feeling heavy and stuck. It can be served with Basmati rice (another staple food in Ayurvedic cooking), or quinoa or on its own. I suggest Basmati rice if you are Vata predominant dosh and Quinoa if you are Pitta predominant dosh, although Basmati rice can be ok for Pitta also. If you are Kapha predominant dosha, quinoa also works, buckwheat is a great option or have on its own. Actually this curry is so nutritious and filling that it can be easily taken as it is.

Vegan curry ingredients

250-300 ml of coconut cream
1 diced zucchini
1 medium sized carrot (grated)
1 medium sized spring onion
1 mug of Spinach
1/2 mug of Cilantro
1 1/2 mugs of green gram

1 tbsp of Turmeric
1 1/2 tbsp of Coriander seeds
1 small piece of fresh Ginger grated
2 tbsp of Curry powder (I use mild so my Pitta doesn’t get aggravated)
2 tbsp of Cumin
1/2 tsp of cloves
Olive oil

The green gram needs to be soaked prior to boiling it. You can do so about 3-4 hours before, or overnight. I prefer overnight because it is more fluffy and quicker to make obviously. If you will have it with Basmati rice, steam or boil whilst you are making the dish so they can both be ready at the same time and fresh for you to have.

  1. Boil the green gram until it is soft. If you soaked it overnight, this usually take about 20 minutes.
  2. Dice all the vegetables into small pieces.
  3. In a hot large frying pan add your oil of choice and then add the spices. Leave them to cook together for about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the diced vegetables. First add the spring onions, then the zucchini, carrot and cilantro and stir everything together. After about 2 minutes add the spinach and continue to stir well so that the spices flavour is absorbed.
  5. Add the green gram and stir everything together again for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the coconut cream and turn the heat to low mode.
  7. Let everything simmer well together for about 10 minutes or , and occasionally and stir all the ingredients together.

The best part about cooking this curry is the delicious fragrance from the spices. Your kitchen will smell so good and exotic. Enjoy 🙂