Cheerful, Easy Coconut Curry.

Via Michelle Margaret Fajkus
on Oct 21, 2013
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Coconut curry makes me happy.

I used to always order it at Thai restaurants, but where I live now… there are no Thai restaurants! Hence, I have discovered that this delicious dish is fun and easy to make.

Here’s the recipe for two to three servings. You can substitute whatever vegetables you wish, and use meat instead of tofu, if you must.

If you’re ambitious, you can make your own curry paste and coconut milk, which adds a whole new level of difficulty and dedication to this recipe. (Or not.)


  • 1 lb. tofu
  • 1 tbsp. oil (extra virgin olive is recommended)
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • two handfuls of spinach
  • powdered cayenne pepper & cumin spice
  • chopped cilantro & green onions
  • curry paste or powder (red, green or yellow)
  • 1 can coconut milk


Cook sweet potatoes, carrots and zucchini in a pot of boiling water until soft. In a wok or frying pan, saute the onion in oil for 2 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and soy sauce. Add the cubed tofu and stir fry until well cooked (about 10 minutes). Add in the cooked vegetables, chopped to bite-size. Season with 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper and cumin. Mix in curry paste. Add coconut milk. Add spinach at the end, just a minute before turning off the stove. Garnish with chopped cilantro and green onions as desired.

Eat with mindfulness and enjoy!

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Ed: Sara Crolick


About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle is a believer in the power of poetry, circles and stories. She has been practicing yoga for many lifetimes. She shares a tiny cabin with her partner, daughter, cat and dog at Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands where she enjoys writing, reading, playing, teaching, learning, walking in nature and daydreaming. Michelle has been a columnist for elephant journal since 2010. Her mindful, inspiring essays, articles and poems can also be found on The Tattooed Buddha, Rebelle Society, LeanPub, and her site, Yoga Freedom.


4 Responses to “Cheerful, Easy Coconut Curry.”

  1. Aoife says:

    Thanks Michelle, just tried it. Definitely didn't look as lovely and smooth as your pic …maybe next time! I added mushroom in with the onion and a scoop of natural yogurt on the side at the end.

  2. Alan Lind says:

    No Thai restaurants? You need to move! :-)

  3. Laura says:

    Wow! Coconut curry makes ME Happy too! Thanks!

  4. najeebaansar says:

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