This recipe is sponsored by Lotus Foods.
This vegan korma inspired curry is bursting with flavor and uses purple sweet potatoes as a colorful twist. The spiced gravy is the perfect balance of light but creamy, and is easy to whip up with just a few plant-based swaps.
Korma is one of my all-time favorite curries. When cooked right it’s rich, creamy, and just a little sweet – perfect with a big bowl of steaming basmati rice! Traditional korma calls for ghee and either yogurt or cream, but I’ve swapped these for oat milk and vegan butter to make it 100% plant-based.
Lotus Foods Organic Brown Basmati Rice
You can’t have korma without rice, and this organic brown basmati from Lotus Foods ticks all my boxes! It has a nutty aromatic flavor that goes great with this vegan korma, and cooks in just 30 minutes!
This whole-grain rice is grown on certified fair-trade farms in Northern India and is one of the few authentic traditional basmati varieties still available in the US. What’s more, Lotus Foods Basmati Rice is the first rice in the world to qualify for Regenerative Organic Certification! That means that Lotus Foods production process exceeds the existing Organic and Fair Trade certifications in supporting agriculture that enriches rather than deteriorating soil, and values animals and workers alike. It’s also:
Vegan Korma ingredients
Vegan Butter (ghee alternative)
Cooking in ghee is one of the main components of a class korma. I’ve found that vegan butter is a great substitute, and helps give our curry that perfect silky texture.
Cumin and Coriander
Cumin and Coriander are a match made in heaven, and form the aromatic base for the korma gravy. I’ve used them in equal measures here, along with a handful of other spices, including garam masala. I stir 2 teaspoons of garam masala through my korma at the end, just before serving.
For that tart creamy yogurt flavor, I’ve used a combination of creamy oat milk and dairy-free drinking yogurt. Make sure you use unsweetened/unflavored, or your curry won’t taste quite right!
Purple sweet potatoes
I LOVE how colorful purple sweet potatoes are! They taste very similar to regular sweet potatoes but be aware they take a little longer to cook. I used 2 lbs to serve four.
I soaked my raw cashews for around an hour, then blended them up with onions, garlic, and fresh ginger. This paste will form the base of your korma gravy and helps achieve a nice rich texture.
How to make vegan korma inspired curry
One: Begin by soaking your raw cashews in boiled water for around an hour.
Two: While they soak, cube your purple sweet potatoes and place in a preheated oven at 400F/205C. Bake for around 45 minutes, until tender.
Three: Cook your Lotus Foods Organic Brown Basmati Rice according to the packet instructions. Keep warm.
Four: Add ginger, garlic, and onion to a food processor, and blitz until pureed.
Five: Melt your vegan butter in a pot over medium heat, then add your onion puree and ground spices. Cook for five minutes, stirring regularly.
Eight: Allow the gravy to cook for around five minutes, then add your purple sweet potatoes to the pot. Cover and simmer for around 15 minutes.
Nine: Finally, stir in the Garam Masala and then serve your korma with a generous helping of cooked Lotus Foods Organic Brown Basmati Rice and fresh cilantro.
Purple Sweet Potato Alternatives
If you can’t find purple sweet potatoes then you can easily swap them for regular (orange) sweet potatoes, white potatoes, or even butternut squash!
How to Serve Vegan Korma
Korma and rice are a match made in heaven, so whenever I make this curry I serve it with a big bowl of steaming brown basmati rice. I opted for Lotus Foods Organic Brown Basmati Rice because it has a deep, nutty flavor, and comes without any of the nasties!
It’s also super easy to cook – just combine 1 3/4 cups of water, 1 cup brown basmati rice and a pinch of salt, then bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for around 30 minutes.
This rice would also taste great with The Plant Riot’s recipes for:
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