Are you looking for a tasty healthy curry? Here I have compiled all my reader’s favourites for you in one place. Not only that but I share with you my top tips to make any curry healthily!
With these tasty recipes, you will be able to enjoy curry regularly but with a nice variety. How do you fancy a healthy tikka masala or a jalfrezi sauce? Or is biryani more your thing or a vegetable curry in the slow cooker?
Whatever curry you enjoy these tasty curry recipes will teach you how to enjoy a curry recipe whilst also being healthy!
Making a healthy curry
There are so many curry recipes on the internet but knowing how to turn a recipe you find into a healthy curry recipe is another thing entirely. These tips and swaps should help you with this.
There is no curry that you can not make on a healthy diet, it is all about choosing the right ingredients.
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within these recipes in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe cards.
Alternatives for oil in a curry
Alternatives to cream in a curry
Often cream can be swapped for fat-free fromage frais depending on the recipe. This is definitely worth considering.
If you want to stick to cream then use the lowest fat cream you can and potentially water it down slightly with some water.
Fat-free fromage frais is perfect to reduce the calories as an alternative to cream.
How to choose meat for a curry
Buy the lowest fat meat you can, once the recipe is made you won’t notice the difference.
If you are using mince ensure you buy 5% or less fat mince.
For beef buy it as lean as you can with all visible fat removed.
For pork remove all visible fat and rind.
My healthy curry shopping essentials
I bulk buy a lot of my spices as it is so much cheaper. Many you can buy in big bags on Amazon so if you use them regularly this is well worth considering.
If you prefer to buy ready-made spice packs to add to meals then I love the Spicentice range. All of the dry spices are minimal calories, as are these blends.
If you would like to order from Spicentice then feel free to use my discount code JUSTJEN20 for 20% off. I get a little commission for everyone that uses it at no cost to you which just means I can buy even more Spicentice kits!
I have two preferences for frying pans. A couple of years ago I reviewed the JML copper stone pans which I love and have found to last well.
I also love the Judge radiant range. Both ranges I can thoroughly recommend as long-lasting and of good quality.
I love my slow cooker and use it regularly. It is great for curries as it cooks so slowly helps to let the spices and flavours develop. Depending on the size and brand of slow cooker the price varies.
I have found all the brands I have had to be as good as each other though, to be honest.
Making a healthy curry vegetarian or vegan curry
Usually swapping the meat for a vegetarian alternative can make a curry vegetarian.
My favourite alternatives are jackfruit, Quorn pieces, Quorn fillets, Quorn mince, lentils and mixed beans.
Many of the above meat alternatives are vegan so some curries can easily be made to be vegan. The only other consideration is any dairy products.
These can often be swapped for coconut, soya, almond or similar kinds of milk and creams.
Healthy tikka masala recipe
This recipe for Tikka Masala is really straightforward and can easily be adapted if you prefer it a bit spicier!
Slow cooker healthy curry recipes
If you are looking for a basic cheap curry that can be made for a couple of pounds, easily frozen and adapted as you wish then this Mushy pea curry is definitely the curry for you!
Easy healthy chicken curry recipes
For something a bit different I thoroughly recommend this Malaysian red pepper and chicken curry recipe. It is full of flavour and includes lots of chunky vegetables.
Chicken and mushroom curry is a firm favourite in Chinese cuisine and this healthy version is no exception.
For a Japanese style curry, the Chicken Katsu curry is ideal. Due to the curry being a sauce it is a great one to adapt for families where the kids just will not eat curry to save you making two completely separate meals!
Have you ever tried Sri Lankan chicken curry? It is very spicy and delicious but why not try my recipe and see what you think?
Curry side dishes
Chip shop style curry sauce is a firm favourite of many. This easy recipe is perfect to save you excess calories.
How to make a mild curry healthily
The simplest way to make a mild curry is to find one with very gentle spices and reduce those a little.
Alternatively, simply adding a small amount of mild curry powder to your vegetables and/or meat can make a gentle mild curry easily.
Healthy vegetarian curry recipes and Quorn curries
Many curries can be made vegetarian with a few easy swaps but these are ones I have tried and can definitely recommend.
This Mixed vegetable biryani is delicious but can so easily be adapted to make other biryanis as the flavours are the same.
If you are vegetarian and worried about not having enough protein in your diet then adding chickpeas is great for this. This One-pot Chickpea curry is really good and of course with only one pot so much less to wash up afterwards!
Another popular chickpea curry is cauliflower and chickpea curry. Give it a try and I am sure you will love it.
How about an Instant Pot vegetable curry? Easy to make and tasty too!
This vegetarian easy Indian curry with lemon and ginger rice is definitely one you should try too for minimal washing up and made so easily.
Another vegetarian curry that I personally love is Jalfrezi made with Quorn.
Malaysian red pepper curry made with Quorn instead of chicken is also delicious! It is one of Stuart’s favourite meals so as a vegetarian I was keen to adapt it and try it out. I am glad I did as it is so good!
Other readers favourite easy curry recipes
Healthy lamb rogan josh
Lamb rogan josh is a popular curry and can easily be made with this easy to follow recipe.
Easy buys for great curry
Do you cook your rice or use the frozen microwave packs? If you are someone who struggles to make rice why not check out my foolproof rice guide?
If you really just can’t master it why not buy a rice cooker?
What is your favourite curry? Have you tried to make it healthier or suitable for your weight loss plan?
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