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 sauté 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! 🙂

    • Thanks Celeste!
      I am certain it will improve the more you do it. 🙂
      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 🙂

  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. 🙂
      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. 😉
    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… 😉

  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! 🙂

  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! 🙂


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