Super Simple Veggie Curry

This super simple veggie curry is a great intro to curry for little ones.
It’s flavorful without being too spicy, and you can add whatever veggies you like!

Simple Veggie Curry - Flavorful, not to spicy, and perfect for little ones.

I remember sitting in a Nutrition Through the Life Cycle course in college and hearing the professor ask, “how do Japanese parents get their children to eat fish and seaweed? How do Indian parents get their children to eat spicy curry and lentils?”

I paused for a moment thinking about it, then the light bulb clicked on. They feed their children fish and seaweed. They feed their children spicy curry and lentils.

While it’s no secret that there are real challenges to getting our children to try new foods (especially if you have a child with sensory issues or a feeding problem), one of the best ways to help your children know and love a wide variety of foods is to feed your children a wide variety of foods. Not every child will like every food (for that matter, how many adults like every food!?), but I still love trying new foods with my family.

20-minute veggie curry the whole family will love.

Curry is one of those things that can be a little polarizing, but my husband and I love it. It’s something we want our children to grow up eating. We are gluten and dairy free, so we enjoy making over our favorites–tikka masala, slow cooker butter chicken, and even simple dishes like this one.

This simple vegetable curry is a cinch to pull together and looks a little different depending on what’s on sale and what’s in season. We combine a few cups of vegetables with a flavorful sauce and serve the whole dish over rice (brown, white, or even cauliflower rice).

We’re still working on making curry a familiar food with our little ones, but this veggie curry is sure a delicious way to get there!

This simple veggie curry uses whatever veggies are on sale or in season. Done in less than 30 minutes!

Notes on the recipe:

This is mild enough that it won’t be sizzling any tiny tastebuds, but if you’re nervous, simply start small and add more curry paste to taste. Each brand of curry paste carries a different level of heat, but we have good luck with Thai Kitchen brand. It’s flavorful without being too spicy, and it’s our go-to for quick curries like this one.

As I said above, I often switch out the vegetables depending on what’s on sale or what’s in season. This is delicious with broccoli, cauliflower, summer squash, asparagus, bell peppers, and pretty much any other stir-fry-friendly vegetable you can think of. Feel free to mix and match veggies to come up with your favorite blend! You’ll want to use about 4 cups of veggies.

Super simple veggie curry - This is a great intro to curry for little ones. We love this 20-minute Veggie Curry. Delicious, not too spicy, and perfect for the whole family.

Emily Dixon blogs at One Lovely Life, where she shares healthy recipes and inspiration for living your happiest life.

Super Simple Veggie Curry

Super Simple Veggie Curry
Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon – coconut oil
  • 2 medium – zucchini
  • 1 medium – squash, summer
  • 2 medium – carrot
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, yellow
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, red
  • 1 clove – garlic
  • 1 teaspoon – ginger root, fresh
  • 1 cup – coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon – curry paste
  • 3 tablespoon – soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon – cornstarch
  • 1 medium – lime
Serve With:
  • 2 cup – brown rice, raw


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Add zucchini, squash, carrots, bell peppers and cook over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
  3. Add garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute longer.
  4. While the veggies are cooking, whisk together coconut milk, curry paste, soy sauce, and cornstarch.
  5. After veggies are cooked, pour in the sauce mixture and cook until the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in lime juice and serve over rice (brown rice, white rice, or cauliflower rice)

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 597 30%
  • Fat: 20 g 31%
  • Carb: 93 g 31%
  • Fiber: 10 g 40%
  • Protein: 12 g 24%
  • Sugar: 8 g
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Jennifer Olsen says:

Pretty average veg curry

Kelly says:

We made this tonight and my whole family ate it! I couldn’t believe it. My three year old and five year old ate some of each of the veggies without complaint and my one year old eagerly ate everything. Thank you so much for this recipe. I also added one chicken breast and some onion and it was delicious!

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