Coconut Basil Curry & Turmeric Pilaf

Things over rice are the best things! Especially gorgeous golden rice, coloured by fresh turmeric. And who doesn’t love super fragrant, fresh basil? This week I had a BUNCH of fresh basil laying around. So why not put it in coconut curry? Coconut and basil are BFFs.


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For the curry:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch (mixed with 1 tablespoon water)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil plus more for garnish

For the pilaf:

  • 2-3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 inch knob fresh turmeric, pressed (through a garlic press)
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped


For the curry:

  1. Heat oil on medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, and ginger. Sauté for a few minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  2. Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, lime juice, clove, cumin, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and let cook down for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour in corn starch mixture and bring back to a simmer. The curry will thicken.
  4. Add peas and fresh basil just before serving.
  5. Serve over rice.
  6. Enjoy!

For the pilaf:

  1. Melt butter on medium heat. Add onions and garlic, then sauté until onions become translucent.
  2. Add rice to the pan and allow to toast for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add turmeric, vegetable broth, and salt. Cover and allow the rice to cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Add cilantro just before serving.
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