Caribbean Vegetarian Curry: A Flavorful and Nutritious Dish

I can already smell the aroma of this Caribbean Vegetarian Curry Recipe as I write this introduction. The thought of spicy, flavorful, and comforting curry brings a smile to all those who have tried it before. As vegan chefs, we know that making a hearty meal does not require meat. We’ve spent countless hours perfecting this recipe to make it one of the best vegan curries you’ll ever taste.

The ingredients we’ve handpicked from local markets include buttery plantains, earthy kidney beans, and creamy coconut milk that will provide a perfect balance of texture and flavor. All the spices, from earthy turmeric to fiery red pepper flakes, work in harmony to create an unforgettable aromatic journey in every spoonful.

Whether you are new to veganism or just looking for another delicious way to enjoy meatless dishes, we hope you’ll love this recipe as much as we do. So join us on this adventure of flavor, and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Caribbean Vegetarian Curry
Caribbean Vegetarian Curry

Picture yourself sitting on the beach, sipping a piña colada, and the question pops up in your mind, “what’s for dinner”? Fear not, my fellow vegan foodies! Today I bring to you a recipe that will transport you straight to the beautiful Caribbean islands. Get ready to indulge in my Caribbean Vegetarian Curry Recipe!

This dish is loaded with plant-based goodness that will leave you feeling both satisfied and energized. It packs the perfect blend of flavors, from the spicy kick of scotch bonnet pepper to the rich, creaminess of coconut milk. You can serve it as a side dish or as a main course with some fluffy rice or quinoa.

The best part about this recipe is its versatility. You can mix and match various veggies and legumes according to your preferences. If you want some extra protein, add some chickpeas or firm tofu, or if you’re craving some sweetness, toss in some raisins or sliced bananas. The possibilities are endless!

But wait, there’s more! This recipe is not only delicious but also affordable and easy to make. No need for fancy ingredients or cooking skills. Just follow my step-by-step instructions below, and voila! You’ll have a flavorful Caribbean meal that you won’t soon forget.

So whether you’re a seasoned vegan veteran or just starting on your plant-based journey, this recipe is sure to become one of your go-to options. Don’t take my word for it though; give it a try and experience the tropical flavors yourself!

Ingredient List

 Dive into tropical flavors with this colorful Caribbean Vegetarian Curry
Dive into tropical flavors with this colorful Caribbean Vegetarian Curry

Check your pantry for the following ingredients, bold for the essentials and non-bold for those that can be substituted or added depending on your taste preference. This Caribbean Vegetarian Curry recipe is bursting with rich seasoning and spices that complement the blend of vegetables and plant-based protein sources. Be prepared to have flavors of Jamaica whisk you away to a tropical island.

Essential Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. Jamaican curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 bell pepper, diced


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 plantain, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 bunch green onions
  • 5 radishes

Protein Sources:

  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 14 oz. firm tofu, drained and cut into cubes

Cooking Liquids & Seasoning:

  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 14 oz coconut milk
  • Juice and rind of one lemon
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • Salt to taste

The Recipe How-To

 This curry is packed with flavorful veggies that will take your taste buds on a trip to the islands
This curry is packed with flavorful veggies that will take your taste buds on a trip to the islands

Step-by-Step Guide

Let’s get cooking! Here is my step-by-step guide to making the delicious Caribbean Vegetarian Curry.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 tablespoons of oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed kidney beans
  • 1 canof drained and rinsed black-eyed peas
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of Jamaican curry powder
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Prepare the vegetables
Start by peeling and cutting the sweet potato and apple into chunks. Then, slice the onion and mince the garlic.

Step 2: Sauté onions
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sliced onion and cook until softened, for about 3 minutes. Add minced garlic, grated ginger, turmeric, coriander, Jamaican curry powder, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.

Step 3: Add diced vegetables
Add the sweet potato chunks, apple chunks, drained kidney beans and black-eyed peas to the pot. Stir everything together well.

Step 4: Add broth
Pour in the vegetable broth until everything is just covered. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover with lid partially askew.

Step 5: Let it cook
Let everything simmer for about 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender but still hold their shape.

Step 6: Add Coconut Milk
Stir in coconut milk into the curry slowly while stirring gently. Let it cook for another few minutes to allow flavors melding together. Season with salt accordingly.

Step 7: Enjoy!
Serve with warm rice or other required accompaniments so that you can savor each spoonful


Make sure you use sweet potatoes rather than regular potatoes as they provide better flavor when used in caribbean vegetable curry recipe along with apples which surprisingly works well in vegan jamaican curries reducing sourness from tomatoes notedly bringing out natural sweetness adding texture, more body to this beautiful dish that I’m also proud to call vegan jamaican curry.

Quick notes

You could even get creative by trying different variations such as chickpea or mixed vegetable based on your preferences. Happy cooking!

Substitutions and Variations

 A vibrant, plant-based dish that's sure to impress any dinner guest
A vibrant, plant-based dish that’s sure to impress any dinner guest

Are you looking to switch up this Caribbean Vegetarian Curry recipe? With a little creativity and experimentation, you can customize this dish to your liking. Here are some great substitutions and variations you can try:

– Protein: If you’re not a fan of kidney beans or black-eyed peas, swap them out for chickpeas or firm tofu instead. These will both provide a hearty and delicious source of protein.

– Spice Level: Adjust the heat level of your curry by adding more or less red pepper flakes or scotch bonnet peppers. For those who can’t handle the heat, leave them out altogether.

– Vegetables: Feel free to add or swap vegetables to the original recipe. Sweet potatoes, plantains, bell peppers, and squash all complement the flavors of this dish beautifully.

– Coconut Milk: If you don’t have coconut milk on hand, you can substitute it with almond milk, soy milk, or even regular dairy milk for a milder taste.

– Garnishes: To add an extra pop of flavor, sprinkle chopped peanuts, cilantro, and green onions over your curry as a finishing touch.

By experimenting with different ingredients and spices, you can make this vegan jamaican curry recipe truly your own. So get creative and enjoy this flavorful Caribbean inspired meal!

Serving and Pairing

 A perfect comfort dish for any time of the year
A perfect comfort dish for any time of the year

Now that your Caribbean Vegetarian Curry is ready to serve, all that’s left is to decide how you want to enjoy it. This dish pairs perfectly with some fluffy steamed rice, providing a wonderful balance of flavors and textures to the dish. Basmati rice is an excellent option, but feel free to use any variety you like.

If you’re in the mood for something more creative, why not try pairing this hearty curry with some roasted plantains? The sweetness of the plantains will complement the earthy spices in the curry beautifully. Alternatively, you could opt for some delicious garlic naan bread or a slice of warm crusty bread to soak up all the flavorsome sauce that comes in this dish.

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing side dish, simply top your curry with sliced green onions, diced radishes, chopped cilantro, or roughly crushed peanuts. This not only adds color and texture but also offers a fresh contrast of flavors to the rich curry.

As for beverages, lemon water naturally complements curries and can help cleanse your palette between bites. You could also pair this dish with some cooling yogurt sauce or raita made with yogurt and fresh cilantro. But don’t just take my word for it – create your ideal Caribbean-themed meal by experimenting with different sides and beverage combinations until you find the perfect match.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A curry that's complex in flavor, but easy to make in your own kitchen
A curry that’s complex in flavor, but easy to make in your own kitchen

Ah, the age-old question: can you make a curry ahead of time? The answer is a resounding “yes”! In fact, most curries (including this one) taste even better after sitting for a day or two in the fridge.

To make this Caribbean Vegetarian Curry ahead of time, simply follow the recipe as directed and allow it to cool completely. Then, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to four days.

When it comes time to reheat your curry, you have a few options. If you’re only reheating a portion or two, the microwave is your best bet. Simply place your curry in a microwave-safe dish, cover it with a damp paper towel (to prevent drying out), and heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

If you’re reheating a larger portion or want more control over the heat, stove-top reheating is also an option. Simply transfer your curry to a large pot and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. You may need to add a splash of water or vegetable broth if your curry has thickened up in the fridge.

While leftovers are great for weekday lunches and dinners, they’re not always easy to eat on-the-go. That’s why I recommend reheating your curry in bulk and portioning it out into individual containers for easy grabbing-and-go-ing throughout the week.

Speaking of storage – if you’re storing this curry in large batches in the freezer, be sure to separate it into individual portions before freezing so that you’ll be able to defrost single servings as needed without wasting any food.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get your daily dose of veggies in a delicious way with this hearty vegetarian curry
Get your daily dose of veggies in a delicious way with this hearty vegetarian curry

If you want to make the perfect Caribbean Vegetarian Curry, there are a few tips and tricks that I have found helpful over the years. These can elevate your dish, take it from ordinary to extraordinary or ensure that you avoid some common pitfalls. So let me share with you some of my tried-and-true tips for achieving a flawless vegetarian curry that will make your taste buds dance.

Firstly, when it comes to cooking with curry powder, take care not to burn it. Be sure to roast the spices gently on medium heat for just a few moments before adding them to the dish. This will bring out their aromatic flavors without causing them to become bitter or acrid.

Secondly, if you want your curry to have a richer, creamier finish, try using coconut milk rather than vegetable broth alone. Coconut milk adds a delicious smoothness and depth of flavor which complements the spice blend perfectly.

Another tip that may sound obvious but is worth emphasizing is to use fresh ingredients wherever possible. Vegetables like sweet potato, eggplant, peppers and peas should be carefully selected for freshness and flavor, and then chopped to even sizes, so they cook evenly.

When frying plantain or tofu, don’t overcrowd the skillet. Letting them cook in a single layer will allow them to brown evenly on all sides.

Lastly, don’t forget the toppings! Serving bowls of chopped green onions, cilantro leaves and peanuts provide a fun crunch and pop of freshness while contrasting with the warm spicy flavors in each bite.

By implementing these tips you’re sure to make an outstanding Caribbean Vegetarian Curry every time – one that will satisfy both your appetite and spirit. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations of veggies or spices and find what works best for you.


As we come to the end of our Caribbean Vegetarian Curry Recipe article, let’s address some frequently asked questions that may come up when preparing this dish. These questions will help troubleshoot issues that could arise and offer helpful tips for perfecting your curry. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Let’s dive right into it.

What is Caribbean curry made of?

Jamaican Curry Chicken is a classic dish hailing from Jamaica. It gets its distinct flavor from a blend of scotch bonnet peppers and Jamaican curry powder. Prepared by slow cooking, the dish features succulent pieces of chicken, typically thighs, accompanied by chunks of potatoes and carrots.

What makes Jamaican curry different?

Jamaican curry usually incorporates pre-made curry powder blends filled with a fusion of spices, including turmeric, cumin, paprika, cardamom, garlic, and fenugreek. Nevertheless, Jamaican curry has its distinct taste and aroma, thanks to its use of allspice, which differentiates it from other curry varieties.

What is the secret to a good curry?

When it comes to making Indian curries, garlic, onion, and ginger are considered the holy trinity of ingredients that help create rich and deep flavors. While some styles of curry may omit garlic to maintain a more subtle taste, these three ingredients are typically present in most preparations.

What is curry in Jamaica?

Jamaican curry powder is a blend of native Jamaican spices consisting largely of fresh allspice, and it typically has a high concentration of turmeric. As a result, Jamaican dishes cooked with curry powder tend to have a vibrant yellow hue. Popular Jamaican brands like Betapac Curry Powder are highly favored among Caribbean communities.

Bottom Line


Now that you have the recipe in hand, I urge you to give this Caribbean Vegetarian Curry Recipe a try. This dish is packed with flavor, nutrition and vegan-friendly ingredients that are easy to source at your local grocery store. Whipping up a pot of this curry is a great way to expand your culinary horizons, indulge in some exotic flavors and treat yourself to a hearty and satisfying meal.

Perhaps what I love the most about this recipe is how versatile it truly is. You can customize the ingredients to suit your taste preferences, swap out ingredients for whatever veggies or protein you have on hand, and adjust the spice level to your desired heat tolerance.

Trust me, once you taste the richness of the coconut milk together with the zing of the ginger, turmeric and coriander, you’ll be hooked. This dish truly embodies the spirit of the Caribbean – it’s happy, vibrant and full of life! Serve it over rice or enjoy it as a standalone stew with some naan bread for dipping. It’s perfect for sharing with friends or having as warm leftovers on a cold evening.

So what are you waiting for? Give this Caribbean Vegetarian Curry Recipe a shot and let me know what you think! I sincerely hope that this guide has been helpful in providing you with all the information needed to make this dish with perfection. Curry on!

Caribbean Vegetarian Curry

Caribbean Vegetarian Curry Recipe

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Cook Time 9 mins
Calories 308 kcal


  • 2 cups rice
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled,quartered
  • 3 bananas
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemons, rind of
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped


  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • As rice cooks refrigerate cooked eggs for later use.
  • Cut bananas in half lengthwise, then in half crosswise, making 12 pieces total.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Melt half the butter (reserve remainder).
  • Sauté bananas until lightly browned on both sides for about 4 minutes.
  • Set bananas aside in a covered dish and hold warm.
  • Melt remaining butter over medium heat.
  • Sauté onion, apple and garlic until tender (about 4 minutes).
  • Stir in curry, lemon peel, ginger, coriander, turmeric and red pepper flakes and toss until evenly coated.
  • Add black-eyed peas, kidney beans, vegetable stock and raisins.
  • Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, until thoroughly heated.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in yogurt until well mixed.
  • Place cooked rice on a serving platter.
  • Arrange reserved banana pieces on platter.
  • Spoon bean mixture over top.
  • Garnish with egg wedges, radish, green onion, cilantro and peanuts.
  • Serve immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 209gCalories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 50.7gProtein: 9.5gFat: 8.1gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 65.7mgSodium: 269.1mgFiber: 5.1gSugar: 9.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Caribbean
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