Adaptable One Pot Curry

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Make different variations of a classic with this recipe for an adaptable one pot curry. Mix and match the ingredients to suit your tastes!

Serves: 4 | Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes



Key Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 thumb ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 – 2 tsp chilli powder (depending on your heat tolerance)
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach or curly kale
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • A few leaves of fresh coriander
  • Salt and lemon juice, to season


For the Bulk Ingredient

  • 1 1/2 400g tin (3 cups) chickpeas, drained OR
  • 1/2 a butternut squash. peeled and cut 1 inch dice, parboiled (see step 6 in method) OR
  • 160g (1 cup) dried red lentils. rinsed OR
  • 3 medium baking potatoes, but into 1 inch cubes, parboiled (see step 6 in method)


For the Liquid

  • 1/2 400g tin (1 cup) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 400g tin (2 cups) light coconut milk
  • 1/2 200ml (1 cup) water



  1. In a large pot or casserole dish, heat the oil over a high heat.
  2. Fry the black mustard and cumin seeds until the mustard seeds start to pop, about 1-2min.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium and add the onions. Sweat them for 5 minutes.
  4. Now add the ginger and garlic. Fry for another 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric and chilli powder. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add your bulk ingredient. If using potatoes or butternut squash, steam or boil them for about 5-8 minutes to parboil them.
  7. Add your choice of liquid: for a tomatoey curry use 1 can tomatoes + ½ can light coconut milk or for a coconutty one the other way around. Then add ½ can water.
  8. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  9. Stir in the spinach or kale until it wilts (a few min).
  10. Check to see if your potatoes, butternut squash or lentils are well cooked.
  11. Sprinkle over the garam masale and season with salt and lemon juice to taste.
  12. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with rice, naan bread or roti.


Nutrition (per 100g)

  • Calories: 114
  • Fat: 6.0g
  • Saturates: 0.8g
  • Sugars: 2.4g
  • Salt: 0.2g
  • Protein: 4.0g


Recipes and images supplied by Discover Delicious by Michael Kitson. Instagram: @discoverdelicious


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