Creamy cauliflower coconut curry (easy & vegan)


Last Updated on December 16, 2020

The recipe inspiration for this easy, creamy and delicious cauliflower coconut curry I’ve found in one of my daughter’s vegan cookbooks. In her teenage years she used to be a huge fan of Attila Hildmann. Some years ago he was probably one of the most famous vegans here in Germany. Hence she owns at least three large cookbooks of him.

cauliflower coconut curry with text overly

Although I love plant-based dishes, I’ve found many of his vegan recipes needless complicated and time consuming. Also they are not necessarily clean as his recipes sometimes call for exotic ingredients with food additives. But I have to admit that most of his vegan dishes I’ve tried, taste delicious.

There was a time some years ago when my daughter could have spent three hours and more in the kitchen, cooking vegan recipes. With her increasingly crowded schedule those days are gone.

Keep it simple stupid (KISS)

If you are an avid reader of this blog, then you know that I’m not willing to stay in my kitchen for several hours. In this context I love the KISS concept (keep it stupid simple). My favorite clean eating recipes are generally quick, simple and have a manageable ingredient list.

cauliflower coconut curry in a bowl

This easy curried cauliflower with coconut milk I’ve spotted in Attila’s “vegan to go” book. Luckily you can cook this vegan dinner or lunch in a snap. You just combine the vegetable stir-fry with the creamy coconut curry sauce and get a delicious, fiber rich meal within 20 minutes.

A perfect make-ahead meal

As the book title suggests it is a perfect make-ahead meal that you could prepare in advance and take it with you in a lunch box. In that case I would recommend keeping stir-fried cauliflower and coconut cream separately. Combine it only right before eating.

cauliflower coconut curry recipe

What you’ll need

cauliflower curry ingredients

Step-by-step photos

STEP 1: Roast onion cubes and red chili in hot coconut oil over medium heat for 3 minutes.

roasted onion cubes in pan

STEP 2: Stir in curry and cook for 1 minute. At last add coconut milk and taste with salt.

Onion curry combination

STEP 3: Blanche vegetable florets in salt water for 2 minutes and then drain in a seaver.

blanching cauliflower in hot salt water

STEP 4: Heat remaining coconut oil in a large pan and roast cauliflower florets over medium to high heat for 4 minutes.

roasted cauliflower

STEP 5: Combine the sauce with the veggies. Garnish with roasted almond slivers before serving (optional)

cauliflower coconut curry close up

Combination Option 1: Serve it on a bed of brown rice or other grains.
You could combine it with white rice or basmati rice too but you’ll miss the beneficial fiber of whole grains.

cauliflower coconut curry on a bed of grains

Combination Option 2: It’s absolutely delicious on a bed of polenta.

cauliflower coconut curry on a bed of polenta

3 cauliflower cooking tips

  • Instead of salt, you can also use vegetable broth for your cooking water. This makes the cauliflower taste even spicier.
  • With a little lemon or milk in the cooking water, the cruciferous vegetable retains its color without turning pale.
  • Also, if you want to reduce the cabbagey smell that spreads in your kitchen as you prepare it, add some lemon.

Cauliflower coconut curry: quick and easy vegan stir fry

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A delicious cauliflower stir-fry with coconut curry cream

  • Author: Gabi Rupp
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 large cauliflower (gross weight 1,25 kg, net 500 grams)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 teaspoon curry powder
  • 400 ml/14 oz. coconut milk
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon almond slivers, roasted



  1. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large pan.
  2. Roast onion cubes and red chili over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in curry and cook for 1 minute.
  4. At last add coconut milk and taste with salt.

Put aside.


1. Bring to a boil a pot of salt water.
2. Blanche cauliflower florets in salt water for 2 minutes and then drain in a seaver.
3. Heat remaining coconut oil in a large pan.
4. Roast cauliflower florets over medium to high heat for 4 minutes.
5. Combine the sauce with the cauliflower and arrange on plates.
6. Garnish with roasted almond slivers before serving (optional)
7. I recommend to combine it on a bed of grains or polenta.


  • To reduce fat content you could use light coconut milk instead.
  • Instead of curry you could also spice it up with garam masala, ground cumin or a combination of garlic and ginger.
  • For an extra spice use fresh red hot chili peppers

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Cauliflower nutrition info

Let’s look at some nutritional benefits of cauliflower.

Although this cabbage type consists 92% of water, it can be still considered as a very satiating high fiber food. In addition, the super veggie  contains many vitamins. With one portion of cauliflower you can already cover your daily vitamin C requirements.

The mustard oils contained in cauliflower, as well as the natural substance histamine, can help you to strengthen your immune system. The two substances are also responsible for the slightly bitter taste of the cruciferous vegetable.

How to store cauliflower

Before storing, you should completely remove the outer leaves, as they drain nutrients and water from the florets. You can store the cauliflower unwashed and without leaves in a paper or plastic bag in the lower vegetable compartment of your fridge. This way it will keep for at least 1 1/2 weeks.

Cooked cauliflower can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can easily heat it up in the microwave.

What to do if weight loss is your goal

A smart strategy to control your overall fat consumption is to use this cauliflower curry as side dish with polenta or grains. Although a color contrast for the eye is missing, we absolutely love to combine it with our beloved polenta or barley.

curry dish combined with barley with flower in background

While this coconut curry recipe makes also a healthful main dish, I recommend to execute portion control if weight loss is your goal. For me and many of my students an increased fat consumption leads to weight gain. Although a coconut milk nutrition is known for its weight management properties, I recommend to not going overboard.

I’ve already decreased the coconut oil content in this recipe. You could further decrease fat content with the use of low fat coconut milk. It is not as clean as full fat coconut milk, but with an 80/20 approach to clean eating this might be a good compromise.

Another way to further decrease fat content is to skip the almond slivers or to use the lighter pumpkin seeds.



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