Craving curry? This collection of some of our favorite spiced dishes has something for everyone.
Chicken Curry Bar
Kids will have fun making their own custom creations when you set out lots of tasty topping options. Precook a big batch of brown rice; freeze some to serve later.
Coconut-Curry Chicken Soup
Snow peas, spinach, and chicken breast give this 5-star Coconut-Curry Chicken Soup flavor, texture, and a wealth of nutrients.
Green Curry FrittersGlobal flavors favorite.
Talk about flavor! Green curry paste (found in the Asian-foods section) and chile paste impart tons of savory-spicy-fragrant hits to ground chicken. Only a tiny tweak to this recipe: Our fritters got a little too browned, so we reduced the cooking temperature from medium-high to medium and cooked them a little longer.
Coconut Curry HalibutPacific halibut (often labeled Alaskan halibut) is a good choice for sustainability. Less-expensive options include most U.S.-farmed tilapia and Atlantic/Icelandic cod.
Pumpkin Curry EmpanadasThese handheld savory pies are perfect for a party, with your favorite chutney on the side. Empanadas get their name from the Spanish word empanar, "to bake in pastry." We've used pie dough for a more delicate, buttery crust.
Quick Chicken and Vegetable Curry with Garlic Naan
Curries are often served over rice, but this version is served like a stew with a side of naan bread for a hearty complete meal.
Quick Chicken Curry
This saucy rice bowl is the stir-fried version of comfort food--ginger and chiles bring the warmth, and coconut milk adds satisfying richness.
Coconut-Red Curry Squash Soup
Butternut's creamy texture makes this soup silky smooth. You can also use kabocha squash (a winter squash also known as Japanese pumpkin); it has a deep, rich flavor and is a bit sweeter than butternut. Omit the sugar if using kabocha. For extra flavor contrast, sprinkle with additional black pepper.
Thai Green Curry ChickenIn just 30 minutes, this quick Thai curry dish is ready and on the table, which makes it perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.
Buttermilk-Vegetable CurryThis flavor-packed curry dish is a great way to have a meatless meal. To go completely vegetarian, substitute the chicken broth for a vegetable broth of choice.
Red Curry Sloppy JoesSweet and spicy Asian flavors reinvent the standard sloppy joe. Curry pastes vary wildly by brand; experiment with different types and amounts to find what you like.
Curried Coconut Soup with ChickenFor a lighter meal, you can omit the rice noodles; the calories will decrease to about 230.
Hearty Lamb Curry (Roghan Josh)There must be a thousand ways to make this hearty dish from Kashmir--a region of the northwestern Indian subcontinent. Marinate the lamb in yogurt to tenderize it, and add flavor with saffron since the dish is really about aroma. I also add tomato paste, which is not traditional but thickens like fresh pureed Kashmiri chiles would.
Beef Curry Udon (Kare Udon)Although it has some ingredients in common with Indian curry, Japanese curry is slightly sweet as well as spicy, with a thick, almost clingy sauce. San Francisco Bay Area chef Sylvan Mishima Brackett adds kabocha squash, which can be eaten peel and all.
Winter Squash and Tofu Panang CurryNutty whole grains make a perfect bed for a bowl of saucy winter veggies in this cozy one-dish meal of Winter Squash and Tofu Panang Curry.
Curried-Chicken and Vegetable Pan Roast"Chicken might be my overall favorite meat for feeding a crowd," Kristin Kimball says. She sometimes roasts it with Indian spices she picks up on her biannual trips to Manhattanlike the curry in this one-pan recipe of yogurt-marinated chicken with butternut squash and brussels sprouts.
Chickpea Curry with Basmati RiceLook for garam masala--an Indian blend--in the spice aisle; Spice Islands and McCormick make it.
Curried Vegetable Lo Mein
Noodles are considered neutral, while carrots, red bell pepper, scallions, ginger, garlic, and all spices are yang ingredients.
Curried Shrimp and Melted Cherry Tomatoes
Find garam masala--a fragrant Indian spice blend--in the supermarket spice aisle.
Cauliflower with Coconut Curry SauceCut cauliflower into florets; drizzle with coconut mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro. With less than a handful of ingredients, you'll have a perfect side dish on the table in no time at all.
Basil, Chicken, and Veggies in Coconut-Curry SauceForget takeout! Basil, Chicken, and Veggies in Coconut-Curry Sauce delivers one of the best Asian-inspired recipes--complete with tasty ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store.