Easy, Everyday Curry


Easy, Everyday Curry

A couple of days ago, I had a friend and her daughter coming over for lunch, and wanted to make something that was hearty yet not too heavy. A perfect fall meal. My go-to dish whenever I’m in that kind of mood is to make a curry of some sort. It’s so versatile, easy and yummy. Best of all, I can use whatever I’ve got lying around in the house so it doesn’t require much planning. Before my friend arrived, I was kinda nervous about whether her daughter would like the curry or not. Turns out she did. Both my friend and her daughter ate a TON, AND even took home the leftovers. Winner! As with any curry, you can adjust the amount of spices according to your taste. I made this version, which is pretty mild, so if you want spicy, then simply add more cayenne.


  • 5-6 medium white potatoes, cubed – or can substitute squash, sweet potato, turnips or rutabaga
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (1 inch) piece ginger root, peeled (frozen ginger is MUCH easier to work with)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 4 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspons Vegeta or 1 teaspoon chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 cups frozen peas


  1. Saute onions, garlic and potatoes in oil until onions are slightly translucent, around 2-3 minutes.
  2. Using a microplane, grate in the ginger and add the cumin, cayenne, curry powder and garam masala. Saute until the spices are lightly toasted, around 1 minute.
  3. Add tomatoes, coconut milk, and  chickpeas, salt, sugar and Vegeta.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, and then reduce to medium heat, stirring every few minutes. Cook until potatoes are tender and fork tender, around 30 minutes.
  5. When potatoes are almost cooked through, add ketchup and frozen peas. Cook for another 5 minutes, until peas have warmed through. Adjust seasonings as required.
  6. Voila! It’s that easy!