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20 minutes is all it takes to get this healthy curry ramen noodle dinner on the table! Loaded with fresh veggies and rich curry flavors, you'll feel good about serving this meal to your family!
You Will Love This
- It's SO easy. Fresh veggies, noodles, broth, coconut milk, and spices - that's it! Throw it together and you've got a simple yet satisfying 20-minute dinner that your family is going to love! If you love easy vegan dinners be sure to check out my Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup, Vegan White Chickpea Chili, and Creamy Vegan Mushroom Wild Rice Soup!
- It's healthy comfort food at its finest. Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of warm broth and noodles? I think not! And the best part is that this dish is made with wholesome ingredients so you can indulge in its cozy deliciousness but know that it will still fill you up and fuel you through your day!
- It's freakin' gorgeous! That creamy yellow broth, those long curly noodles, tender sliced veggies, and fresh chopped cilantro. Is your mouth watering yet?! Yeah, mine too.
- It's the perfect date night dinner. This is one of those meals that is really fun to make with someone else! Open a bottle of wine, chop the veggies together and really slow down and enjoy each other's company while you cook. You might be surprised how much you enjoy cooking when you try it with your partner (and the wine helps too)!
This is one of those recipes that goes pretty quick. So rather than chop as you go, it's best to have all your veggies sliced and ready before you start making the dish.
Heat oil in a large enameled cast iron pot over medium heat and cook carrots, peas and mushrooms for a few minutes.
Stir together (this is my fave wooden spoon) and cook for another minute.
Stir in coconut milk.
Add vegetable broth.
Bring to a simmer, then add ramen noodles and continue simmering for 10 more minutes.
Finish it off with a squeeze of lime juice and garnish with fresh cilantro and sliced jalapeno.
- Feel free to use whatever veggies are in season to create your own personalized version of this hearty meal. Just keep the amount of veggies the same and your ramen will turn out great every single time!
- This ramen reheats beautifully, but if you're planning to eat it later make sure you separate the noodles from the broth before refrigerating. If the noodles and broth are stored together, the noodles will soak up all the broth and turn to mush. NO GOOD.
- Some curry pastes can be spicy, so be sure to taste yours and adjust the amount in this recipe accordingly. I usually use Thai Kitchen red curry paste and find that it is very mild so I add the full three tablespoons in this recipe.
- Use a big sturdy enameled cast iron pan for best results. This type of pan is going to ensure that the heat circulates evenly as your noodles and veggies simmer together!
- You can use other noodles if you aren't able to find ramen - but do remember that it will affect your cook time. These ramen noodles were called "Chinese noodles" and the directions said to cook them in boiling water for 3 minutes.
- In this recipe, we are simmering the noodles (instead of boiling) so the cooking time is a bit longer (about 10 minutes or so).
- If you'll be using other noodles, be sure to pay close attention to their cook time. If your noodles take 10 minutes to cook when boiled, they'll likely take 15-20 minutes to simmer in this recipe so just keep that in mind.
- Most grocery stores have a wide selection of Chinese noodles. So it shouldn't be hard to find noodles that are similar in size and shape to these, and that cook in just a few minutes when boiled.
Inspiration for this dish
I wanted to take a brief moment to share my appreciation for the cultures that I drew inspiration from for this recipe. While I’m sure you can see that this is not a traditional curry dish or a traditional ramen dish, I still want to highlight where the inspiration for this dish came from!
- Ramen has a complex history (as most delicious foods do!) and according to this First We Feast article, it evolved “from the working man's fuel to international icon of Japanese culture”.
- Chinese Food History also has this informative article which notes that while its history is rooted in China, over the years ramen made its way to Japan and eventually became known as the nation’s signature dish.
- There are actually 4 main types of ramen that are slightly different - with one thing in common - the noodles!
- Curry has a complex history as well and it’s probably not what you're expecting! This podcast does a great job of diving into the origin of the word itself and the complex origin.
- The term "curry" evolved from the words "khari" or "caril" which Indians used to refer to the spices in their dishes as well as the final dish. When the Portuguese and British came to India and began eating these foods, eventually the term evolved into what we now know as "curry".
- When the Brits traveled back to their country, they wanted to continue eating the delicious foods they had enjoyed in India, and so curry came to Britain where it has now become a British staple.
- For this recipe, I combined the flavors of curry and ramen to create a delicious, hearty vegan dinner that’s filled with veggies and tons of flavor!
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