Curried Pasta and Vegetables - A Vegan Pasta Dish

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Curried Pasta

Recently I have been seeing a lot of Indian/Indianized recipes in the Western cookbooks. The Curried Pasta and Vegetables is one such recipe from the book "1001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes". As the name suggests the book has 1001 low-fat vegetarian recipes; from appetizers to desserts the recipes are classified under 17 categories. I think I have to keep renewing this book in the library at least for 2-3 months.

Coming to this recipe, I adapted it from one of the recipes in the book. This is also a vegan pasta dish, without any cheese. Since the pasta gets it's flavor from the curry sauce, the taste gets even better the next day. So you can prepare this on Sunday evening and have it for Monday's dinner. The curry sauce can also be prepared ahead and it's also versatile. Just throw in the vegetables you have at hand, the curry sauce and the pasta, you have a wholesome and nutritious meal ready in no time.


Curried Pasta Recipe

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05 Mins20 Mins2 Servings
Curried Pasta and Vegetables - A Vegan Pasta Dish
5.0 from 9 reviews
A very simple recipe to prepare a satisfying vegan pasta dish using whole wheat pasta, mixed vegetables and curry sauce. The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity which doesn't call for any special vegan ingredients, although adding some nutritional yeast would elevate the taste and flavor.
Ingredients For Pasta:
  • 2 Cups Vegetables Of Your Choice (I Used A Combination Of Broccoli, Cauliflower And Carrots Readily Available In The Frozen Food Section, 16Oz Pack)
  • 1 Cup Dry Pasta Of Your Choice (I Used Whole Wheat Penne)
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • To Taste Salt And Pepper
Ingredients For Curry Sauce:
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Curry Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper/Chilli Powder
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Dry White Wine Or Water (I Used Water)
  • To Taste Salt And Pepper
Procedure for Curry Sauce:
  1. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to a medium saucepan; saute onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in flour, curry powder and chilli powder. Cook 1 minute, stirring.
  3. Add broth and heat to boiling.
  4. In a small vessel combine the cornstarch and water, until the cornstarch dissolves without forming any lumps. Add this mixture to the boiling broth and bring it to a boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. (Actually it took more than a minute for the mixture to thicken.)
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Assembling the Pasta:
  1. Steam the vegetables for 8-10 minutes if using frozen vegetables. If using fresh ones 6-8 minutes should be fine. Sprinkle some salt and toss the vegetables once, while steaming.
  2. Cook pasta as per the instructions in the package. Drain it, reserving around 1/4 to 1/2 of the pasta cooked water.
  3. Combine together the steamed veggies, pasta and the curry sauce. Check for seasoning and sprinkle cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 247
Total Fat 4.7g7%
Saturated Fat 0.8g4%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1354mg56%
Potassium 306mg9%
Total Carb 37.4g12%
Dietary Fiber 6.7g27%
Sugars 1.5g
Protein 13.3g
Vitamin A 5% - Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 5% - Iron 17%
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  1. Badger

    Just made this dish. The wine + curry powder is a terrible combinatio
    ion. I don’t know what Indian cooks with wine anyways. Probably better with water or coconut milk.

    • Madhuram

      That’s right Badger, we don’t cook with wine. That’s why I used plain water. The book mentioned wine though.

  2. janet

    Just went through your website and found the recipes very interesting..i wl give it a try for sure..especially the curried pasta & Vegetable.could you let me know what is all purpose flour please.

    Thanks & Good luck to you.

    Thanks Janet. All purpose flour is nothing but the usual white flour used for baking cakes, cookies etc.

  3. sweety

    pasta luks delicious.what kind of curry powder should be used?

    I got it in the Indian grocery store. If I remember it’s MTR brand

  4. Vilma D'Souza

    This is a fantastic website. Just what I was looking for. I did a google search for “Indian style pasta” and your website came up. I love pasta but hate eating it the way the Italians and others do, with it dripping in tomato sauce. With your recipes, I can have my pasta the way we are used to eating curries and other Indian style savoury dishes. I have lived in Canada for many years, but have changed my lifestyle in many ways, but cannot give up my Indian food. Its the best food in the whole world and many Canadians who have learned to eat Indian food cannot give it up either. Your recipes are great, many many thanks for them.

    You’re welcome Vilma.

  5. Mathu

    Hi Madhu,
    Can u please give me the details of the book(Auhtor,publisher etc)so that I can get one for me to read..

    Sure, it’s 1001 Low Fat Vegetarian Recipes, by Linda R Yoakam, editor Sue Spitler, publisher Surrey Books. It’s available in Amazon for $14. I would recommend finding it in your library first, go through the book and if you like it you can purchase it. Note that there are many recipes with eggs too.

  6. PG

    that looks so yummy! I love to use indian spices with pasta, which is an all time favorite at my home. A wonderful recipe!

  7. Aparna

    This looks good. I have my own version, which my friends and I came up with from when we were in college and needed to cook a one dish meal which was filling!

  8. A-kay

    Looks delicious – will try this out. I like hearty pasta dishes like this, with lots of veggies – these are dishes that makes you believe that healthy food can be delicious too 🙂 Will try this pasta a shot, may be by substituting garam masala for curry powder.

  9. Mansi

    Hi Madhu! I have browsed this book two, in fact got it 2 times from the library – it is sooo good! 🙂

    I love this pasta – Nags had once made something similar too….Curry ads a wonderful touch to almost anything! thanks for sending in a lovely entry!! 🙂

    My library doesn’t allow me to keep renewing it. I think I will have to buy the book.

  10. Vidhya

    Delicious and healthy pasta. My kids love pasta, thanks for shareing such a wonderful recipe.
    Thanks for dropping min my blog and for your lovely comments.

  11. Lakshmi


    Did not make this yesterday. Today will be shopping for some stuff, so I will defn purchase the curry powder and give this pasta dish a shot.

    I will let you know how this dish turns out 🙂 Thanks once again for the interesting recipe.


  12. LinQ

    Pasta is looking very nutritious due to varieties of vegetables added with perfect balance of fats for fitness freaks including me too 🙂

  13. Uma

    mmm. this looks delish. curry sauce sounds great.

  14. DK

    Thats a good one madhu. Luks great and healthy too. May be this will make me chew down broccoli! 🙂

  15. sunshinemom

    I too made a similar dish from Essential series. Tastes good!

  16. raaji

    lovely one madhu…i too make a lot for the meals…..this one sounds so gr with sauce…..will make this the next time

  17. Lakshmi

    Thanks Madhuram. Do you use this powder for other dishes also? Will defn give this pasta dish a shot, with or without the curry powder.

    You’re welcome Lakshmi. I usually use it in all my North Indian style side dishes. You can also use garam masala powder, I guess. Because without either I don’t think it will taste good, because it will be bland, just with chilli powder, salt and cornstarch.

  18. DivyA Vikram

    Lovely pasta with an indian twist..

  19. Cilantro

    I am not a big fan of cheese so this pasta without cheese is tempting. Would love to try and will definetly let you know the outcome.

    Sure Cilantro, I think you would like it.

  20. Roma

    vegetables look delicious. Nice low-cal recipe!

  21. Lakshmi

    Madhuram, Lovely receipe. Can you please let me know what goes into the Curry powder?
    Thanks much.

    Lakshmi, it’s a combination of various spices like cinnamon, cloves etc. I don’t know the exact ratio. I usually buy it in the Indian grocery store (MTR brand).

  22. shriya

    Intersting recipe. I love brocoli. Lovely combo of veggies with pasta. Curry sauce recipe is really something new to me and absolutely yummy ingredients in there. love to try this fusion recipe sometime. 🙂

    As I have mentioned in the post, the flavors get even better the next day.

  23. Sweatha

    Lovely dish,I have heard about it,but was not sure about the curry sauce.Some books use “madras curry powder” not sure what it is.This is yummy.

    Sweatha, all types of curry powder are available in the Indian Store. I used MTR brand curry powder for preparing the sauce.

  24. Rupa

    Hey madhu,
    Yum dish.
    I can have pasta forever. And such great dishes tempt me even more. So healthy and filling….its really comfort food…and the book sounds great….want to see more such recipes….

    Sure Rupa, I’ll try some more recipes and post it here.