Coconut Curry Bowl with Thai Red Rice

This is a rich, warming meal with a touch of spice for those evenings where you need a little comfort food.  I used a red rice simply because I love vibrant, colourful dishes.  Red vita rice is an ancient grain which has been harvested in Thailand since the sixth century.  It has a really nice nutty flavour, and a deep burgundy colour.

Coconut Curry Bowl Recipe

Makes 8 servings

Coconut Curry Bowl


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, washed, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 zucchinis, washed and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 2 cups red vita rice (you can use basmati as an alternative)
  • Kosher sea salt to taste


  • Rinse the rice under cold filtered water for ten minutes.
  • In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.  Add the rice, cover, and let cook on low heat for about 30 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a seperate large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onions, and sautรฉ for 5 minutes.
  • Add the carrots, curry powder, and a pinch of sea salt and stir occassionally for 10 minutes.  Careful not to burn the curry, add a splash of water if it is sticking to the bottom of your saucepan.
  • Add the zucchini, chickpeas, and coconut milk.
  • Cook for another 10 minutes (uncovered) or until your carrots are completely cooked through.
  • Serve on a bed of rice, and enjoy.


  1. This looks wonderful Sophia! I’m a little jealous, however; because I’m posting a bowl for the VV Potluck, but my photo doesn’t look nearly as good as yours does. I don’t know when I’m ever gonna get the hang of this food photography thing. It just not coming easily to me. I guess I just have to keep practicing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Celeste!
      I am certain it will improve the more you do it. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I just bought an external flash today because I was having a very difficult time with early sunsets in Montreal these days. What a huge difference! I’m still playing, but I love it so far. Really gives the effect of natural lighting…
      I look forward to your Virtual Vegan Potluck meal, photo or not, I’m sure it’s going to be delicious.
      Sophia ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I want this now!! I’m cold and this looks so warming!

  3. YUM! It’s pouring rain in here and this looks so warm and delicious.

    • Love these meals for that type of night exactly. ๐Ÿ™‚
      It’s actually quite ‘mild’ tonight in Montreal for this time of year…10 degrees.

  4. Celeste, you’re too kind! Your photo makes the dish look so delicious! You’re too hard on yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Practice my friend, and you will definitely see the progress.
    Fabulous contribution to VV Potluck! I wish I had time to participate this year but it wasn’t possible! Next time… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Hehe – I know I’m too hard on myself, but it’s a hard habit to break! Anywho, I understand about not having time to join the potluck this year (I almost backed out at the last minute!). Life can be so busy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. It’s definitely a hard habit to break!
    Well, I’m glad you had time to do it, I keep thinking of your dish, it looks amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚


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