Vegetable curry for a crowd

Vegetable curry for a crowd

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(65 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 8
This vegetarian curry is great for feeding a group of mates on a budget, or make a batch to freeze

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal263
  • fat17g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre4g
  • protein5g
  • salt1.28g
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  • 1 large potato, diced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and diced
  • 1 aubergine, diced



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 6 tbsp tikka masala paste
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 680g-700g jar tomato passata
  • 400g can coconut milk
  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • 2 courgettes, diced



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • few coriander sprigs, to serve
  • rice or naan bread, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the potato, squash and aubergine with 2 tbsp curry paste and 2 tbsp oil in a large roasting tin. Season, then roast for 30 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Fry the onions in the remaining oil in a large pan until softened and golden – add a splash of water if they start to dry out. Stir in the remaining curry paste, cook for 3 mins, then add the passata, coconut milk and 100ml water. Simmer for a few mins.

  3. When the vegetables are roasted, tip them into the sauce with the peppers and courgettes. Simmer for 10-15 mins until tender. Scatter with coriander and serve.

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Comments (66)

friedalana's picture

Great recipe. Used sweet potato instead of butternut squash and left out the aubergine. Will add mushrooms and chickpeas next time.

allielovetocook's picture

Made this tonight but added small florets of Cauliflower as I finished frying off the onions. Everything else was as per the recipe but my tablespoons of the curry paste were generous ones and I stirred freshly chopped Coriander through as it finished cooking. We all loved it and can't wait for leftovers another night!! I'll definitely make it again.

tjeg's picture

I'm really surprised to read some negative reviews of this recipe. I've been cooking it ever since it appeared in the magazine, and my guests - most recently in December 2013 - have all raved about it, and I'm always asked for the recipe. I cook both the trad and the Thai versions: I think I prefer the Thai one, but it's a close call! Roasting the veg gives a delicious taste. The only adjustment I've ever made is to cut down on the amount of oil, as there's plenty in the curry paste. Delicious!

gooseberrycrumble's picture

Really not bowled over by this - sorry! Reduced passata and coconut milk as suggested, otherwise followed recipe. Made in the morning and reheated for serving as evening meal, by which time, curry needed added liquid (perhaps I should have used passata amount suggested in recipe after all). I don't eat rice so served on its own and found it to be a bit bland. And I have several other portions in freezer yet to get through!

karrianne's picture

The curry taste seemed overpowered by the tomato even though I added extra paste and although it was tasty it was more cream of tomato soup with veg. I followed the recipe but perhaps should have used less passata and coconut milk as suggested by others. Not for me.

cupcakesensations's picture

Really enjoyed this, tested it out last night in advance of cooking for some veggie friends. Did find the sauce to be thin, left out the water and used slightly less passata, and at the end of cooking I boiled it rapidly for a few minutes and this thickened it up wonderfully.

Nadia's picture

Made this curry over the weekend and served it with basmati rice and homemade naan bread. It was delicious and easy to make. Even the children asked for more. Fantastic recipie!!

bluebird55's picture

I loved this curry, made it for some of my veggie friends,and it went down well with my meat eating friends too! They really enjoyed it.

bluebird55's picture

I loved this curry, made it for some of my veggie friends,and it went down well with my meat eating friends too! They really enjoyed it.

signeh's picture

Delishious! Nice and creamy and filled with all my favourite vegetables. Only downside is that it takes a bit longer than my usual veggie curry - but it was definitely worth it!

elektricia's picture

was a great success! My daughter brought a friend over, and she wanted the recipe.
Her friend had not even noticed it was a vegetarian dish (but of course the best vegetarian dishes are the ones that can exist on their own merits, such as this one. Not the ones where meat has been replaced with some soy substitute).

I did some things differently, no potato or butternut, but had a sweet potato (also orange). Had a cauliflower, so put some rosettes in and a box of mushrooms, which I also added.

So actually, I used the recipe more for inspiration.

But still, I do recommend this one.

princessannie's picture

I made this curry for a crowd, some meat eaters but most not, including me. All enjoyed it very much, the carnivors didn't notice there wasn't any meat in. It was easy, cheap and most of all delicious. I'll certainly be making this again!

jimmymum's picture

Lovely mild curry, served at a dinner party for the vegetarian guest, but everyone enjoyed it. Will definitely do this again and may well make a batch for the freezer. Made my own Tikka Masala paste (used Jamie Oliver's recipe from the Ministry of Food....fab recipes in there for all curry pastes and it is worth the extra effort!) also served with Maharaja Lamb from Mridula Baljekar Complete Indian Cookbook and her Tomato Salad. Followed with Delia's recipe for Coconut ice ream with lime syrup.

suegriff26's picture

Lovely. Also added a couple of carrots abs a parsnip. Used slightly less passata and half the coconut

fairystoryteller's picture

We really liked this! After reading other comments I didn't add the extra water and the sauce was lovely. I don't quite know why but having potato in a veggie curry seemed such a treat! Real comfort food. We ate ours with Naan. Leftovers saved for later in the week - probably served with chicken kebabs next time around I think. I will definitely make this again.

kerri-anneh's picture

Loved it! Packed full of flavour, even my meat loving husband enjoyed it. Definately on my list of favourites :o)

carovo's picture

I did like it. Made a whole batch and froze some. Used sweet potato instead of butternut squash, because I love it.

lizcornish's picture

Cooked this for a dinner party when entertaining a mixture of vegetarians & avowed carnivores...everybody loved it! Superb combination of flavours. Served with the usual rice & mixtures of naan breads plus raita & natural yoghurt with spoonful of mint sauce mixed in, and mango chutney-delicious. Will definitely repeat this meal.

annas12321's picture

Tried this just now. I didn't get aubergine or courgettes as the supermarket sold out but threw in some carrots and cauliflower instead. Also added a bit more potato. It was really lovely. Plenty left over for another meal. Freezes well.

jessiesaddler123's picture

Made this per recipe and my crowd loved it even the meat eatig ones were very impressed.


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