10 Healthy Curry Recipes

Whether you like spicy or mild flavors, making a curry dish will elevate your traditional meal.

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Curries and rice image via shutterstock

Curry is an exotic, fragrant, and flavorful dish. Traditional curry is a sauce served over a mixture of veggies, rice, and/or meat. If you’re new to the dish, think of it like an Indian-style pasta sauce. It can be paired with almost anything.

Below, 10 recipes to heat up your traditional dinners.

1. Lemongrass Chicken Coconut Curry
via The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Lemongrass is fragrant and helps to brighten a spicy dish. Try serving this over brown rice, and if you’re sensitive to heat, omit the sriracha and jalapeño.

2. Mango Curry Hummus Quinoa Bowls with Tangy Carrot Slaw
via Cooking Quinoa

Curry doesn’t have to mean a heavy sauce. This recipe uses the flavors of mango curry to flavor hummus. Instead of quinoa you can use bulgur, brown rice, or whatever you have on hand.

3. Curried Lentil Soup
via The Cozy Apron

Lentils are a great way of sneaking protein into a vegetarian dish. To make this soup truly vegetarian, swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth. You can skip the coconut cream, but try stirring in a little light coconut milk for a creamy finish.

4. Thai Shrimp Curry
via Cooking Light

A good thing about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can add extra veggies, and even try using pork, scallops, or chicken instead of shrimp. If you don’t want to use rice noodles, try brown rice.

5. Halibut with Coconut-Red Curry Sauce
via Cooking Light

Halibut is a great flaky white fish that’s light enough to not weigh you down but substantial enough to fill you up. If halibut isn’t available, try using cod, tilapia, or even swordfish.

6. Curried Couscous
via Gourmet

This recipe doesn’t use a lot of curry powder, but less is more when it comes to this spice. Pair this couscous with grilled chicken or fish or even grilled vegetables like hearty summer lettuces, portobello mushrooms or asparagus.

7. Mango Chicken Curry
via Simple Recipes

Mango and curry is a popular pairing. The sweetness of the mango helps tame the earthy curry flavor. If using low fat coconut milk, you don’t need to add the heavy cream, simply allow the dish to simmer for about five minutes longer, and it’ll thicken properly.

8. Thai Red Curry Mussels
via EatingWell

Mussels are a great option for a quick seafood meal. Cleaning the mussels properly is very important or else sand and grit will end up in your sauce. You can ask the fish counter at your grocery store to clean them for you, or scrub each shell under cool water and remove the beard from the hinge of each shell.

9. Spicy Chicken Curry
via Food Network

There can’t be a list of curry without including something spicy. If you like a lot of spice, add a dash or two of sriracha or a second jalapeño. This recipe uses a whole chicken but bone in chicken breasts will also work perfectly.

10. Potato Cauliflower Curry
via Mom’s Cooking Adventures

This side dish is mostly cauliflower with some added potatoes to add creaminess. If you like herbs with your veggies, chopped cilantro would go well with this dish.