Soul Soothing Quinoa Coconut Curry

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 22, 2009


I have been dreaming of a dish like this all week month.

I decided today that I needed to get back to the basics. Let’s just say that despite my best efforts, dinners have been a little lackluster on the home front. Today I wrapped up my work around 6pm and decided I would make the time for a fabulous meal.

I must say, it felt damn good to be back in the kitchen cooking up a fun meal that I was excited about. Cooking, for me, is enjoyable and often relaxing. I put some fabulous music on, pour a glass of wine, and go to town.

Before I get to the recipe, I must tell you about a recent musical discovery I had. Her name is Kristilyn Robertson and she is a truly amazing Canadian talent. When I first heard her music I was instantly struck by her beautiful voice, poetic lyrics, and dark yet eerily soft music.

I don’t talk music much on this blog, but I am a huge lover of the musical arts. I believe it soothes the soul. I love everything from classical to oldies to punk to techno. Kristilyn’s music has quickly become one of my favourite things to listen to when I bake or cook. Very soothing. You should check her out. Her CD’s can be purchased on and itunes.

Back to cooking.

Thank you Uncle Steve for providing the deliciously fresh garlic straight from his garden!


There is something awesome about eating food that someone has grown themselves. It makes me happy. The garlic was so fresh too…it was practically dripping with juice when I cut it open.

The ingredient line-up (minus the pasta sauce because I decided not to include it after all):


I was given this GoBIO organic vegetable bouillon at the trade show:


It was fabulous. In fact, probably the best no salt added veggie bouillon I have tried.


This week I decided to buy this Quinoa in bulk because I have been going through the packages so quickly (they are tiny!). So I am now buying it from my organic wholesaler. Anything to save some packaging!


Quinoa is probably my favourite grain. Fluffy, light, easy to digest, and very nutritious.


Soul Soothing Quinoa Coconut Curry


  • 1 cup uncooked Quinoa
  • 1 cup Chopped, mixed vegetables (I used frozen)
  • 3 T virgin organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 3 T curry powder
  • 1/2 t fine sea salt
  • 3 T spelt flour
  • 1.75-2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup organic coconut milk
  • 1 large tomato, diced

Directions: Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add chopped garlic and onion and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add cumin, sea salt, and curry spices and stir well. Add flour very slowly (mine clumped so I am not the best to advise on this part!). Add the vegetable stock very slowly to avoid clumping. Stir in coconut milk and finally add diced tomatoes. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes stirring every now and then. While the sauce is simmering, cook the Quinoa according to the package directions. Mix in cooked vegetables into the Quinoa and pour some sauce over top. Serve with some crunchy crackers or flat bread for scooping.

I adapted the sauce from a recipe in Fresh’s cookbook.


It was just lovely! Aromatic, warm, soothing for the soul. I really think coconut and curry are two amazing super foods that do so much good for our bodies. Mmmmm. I feel good right now. I topped it off with a Chi Glo bar for a sweet treat.

The best part of all is that I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow, and I suspect the sauce will last me a few days. Awesome!

I’m off to continue the night of soothing my soul with The Office. I hear a certain someone is dating Pam’s mom- oh boy!

NIGHT my friends! :D


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{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I have never made quinoa at home before but I am dying to. This recipe sounds great :) Hope you continue to have a soothing night!


Estela @ Weekly Bite October 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm

That dinner looks delish! I love anything that can be scooped up with a cracker ;)

Have a great evening!


Julie @savvyeats October 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Quinoa is my favorite grain, and I love coconut curry. This recipe looks perfect :)


Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I was eagerly anticipating this post because I saw your tweet! Looks like it came out great! And your cooking process sounds very similar to mine (when I have a kitchen hahah!).. love it!


[email protected] a 100+ POUND weight loss!!! October 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I have never tried Quinoa before and I keep seeing it everywhere. I love anything curry too, your dish looks so good, thank you for sharing. =)


mmclaughlin October 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm

that looks great!! Just looking at it made my mouth water!


Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) October 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Yum, that mix sounds fabulous! I love coconut curry anything!


[email protected] October 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I love coconut curries and quinoa. I also recently posted about amaranth, which has become a nice cold weather brekkie staple, but is also amazing with a curry.


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Looks so good! I adore coconut. I will give this a try!


Kelsey October 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm

that looks delicious! i cant wait until i move into an apartment (currently in a dorm!) so i can become a creative cook like you!


Ryan @ Greens for Good October 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Hey girl! This looks AMAZING! How much curry did you use? I didn’t see it in the recipe (I could be blind!) Thanks :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2009 at 12:04 am

OOPS leave it to me to give a curry recipe and forget to put the curry in! hahahaha

3 tablespoons!


LindsayRuns October 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Looks great, if it made sense to eat coconut at every single meal, I think I would!


Cara (Cara Craves...) October 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm

So many delicious ingredients…I can see why you have been craving this one for a while. Looks superb!


Runnerbelle October 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Looks delish… but I’m not seeing how much curry you added…..


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2009 at 12:05 am

3 T :)


Jolene October 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Everyone seems to like Quinoa, but I am not a huge fan of it. It tastes like the health food stores smell :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2009 at 12:05 am

im trying to picture what a health food store smells like lol


Jolene October 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm

But the curry looks delish!


Jenny @JennyLikesToRun, on a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for the Breast Cancer Foundation October 23, 2009 at 2:52 am

Quinoa. Man that is seriously something I’ve been meaning to try. I think I’ll give this recipe a shot! :) looks DIVINE!


Diana October 23, 2009 at 3:55 am

That does look tasty :) I don’t think I’ve ever tried curry :o


VeggieGirl October 23, 2009 at 7:15 am

So comforting!


Paige @ Running Around Normal October 23, 2009 at 8:06 am

ohmigod this recipe makes me want to give quinoa one last chance. I think I might pick up some today…


The Voracious Vegan October 23, 2009 at 8:21 am

Back to basics is the best! I love this dish, looks delicious. Quinoa is delicious, isn’t it? So versatile and quick and easy to prepare.


elliebelle October 23, 2009 at 8:28 am

I just made something very similar last week! The warm flavors are perfect for chilly fall days! Yum!


Beth @ DiningAndDishing October 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

yumm! i love coconut curry anything. your recipe looks delish! problem is, when i eat it i can’t stop! haha


Tina October 23, 2009 at 8:40 am

Oh my goodness, this looks sooo good. Coconut milk and quinoa sound like such a great combo. Thanks for the idea!


Jennie {in Wonderland} October 23, 2009 at 8:44 am

Ok this looks fantastic, Angela. I’ll have to try this next week. I’ve always been paranoid about the fat in coconut, esp since I always hear such mixed messages about it. But I’m determined to Especially since I adore quinoa *and* I adore the taste of coconut milk.


Small Town Runner October 23, 2009 at 8:56 am

I am a huge fan of coconut curry. I’m convinced we will eat it in Heaven. A lot.


lizzy October 23, 2009 at 9:21 am

talk about some drama on the office! haha “there’s an egg on your head and the yolk is falling down. a knife in your back and the blood is gushing out.” Haha, that show is too amazing :)


stacey October 23, 2009 at 10:01 am

I am going to try out this recipe. I bought some quinoa a while back, but I did not like the first recipe that I tried to make and I have been hesitant to go back. This might just be the right recipe to change my mind about the grain!


Jil October 23, 2009 at 10:05 am

Oooh. I am definitely going to try out this recipe. I looove me a good curry! :)


Kristilyn (singer-songwriter) October 23, 2009 at 11:01 am

Aww, thanks for the shout out, Ang! I’m glad you’re enjoying the CDs. :-)


PS – That curry dish looks wonderful! I’ve been meaning to tackle quinoa one of these days.


Holly October 23, 2009 at 11:29 am

ummm i have been looking for this recipe for forever – i just couldn’t find one i liked, but you have brought it to me. thank you. this looks DELISH!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 23, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Angela your coconut curry looks absolutely amazing. I’ve also forgotten how awesome it is to through the apron on and relax in the kitchen. I’ve been too busy or hungry lately to do any of that.

I’m going to head to Youtube right now for your musical recommendation.


Shannon (The Daily Balance) October 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

This sounds amazing! I love the cracker sticks for dipping ;)


Chrysta October 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Looks super awesome tasty! I cant wait to try this out!! Great pics too btw=)


Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I love quinoa too! Looks great :)


chandra h October 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

ooo my mom makes the best quinoa, she spices it up with all of this crazy stuff :) yours looks delicious!

hehe have fun soothing your soul ;)


Chloe October 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I can’t wait to try this tomorrow! I’ve been needing to use up the tonsss of quinoa I have- now I just need to convince my family that it really is okay to eat coconut oil!


Kelly October 23, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Oh man that looks delicious, but my fridge is just about empty these days! Back to making veggie burger wraps and almond butter/jelly sammiches for the next week.


Ashley October 23, 2009 at 5:57 pm

I think I may have found a new best friend! To bad you live in…Canada right? I first heard about you from Kath, when I was at her house for dinner. She had a bar of yours, I think from 1 of the blog conventions she was at this summer. I just started a granola bar business this past May. It is now on hold because we [husband + me] made a big move from N.Carolina to Colorado. I also started becomming a “real” runner a little over a year ago. I have always worked out consistently but never interested in running. I completed my first 1/2 marathon this past April! I also just stumbled on your Green Monster site before I even got to your blog, which was funny because I made my first GM today, with no recipe, just a bunch of random green things! =) Anyway…love what you’re doing and wanted to say hello!! Have a great weekend!


Gena (Choosing Raw) October 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm

A very delicious way to use my favorite grain! Thanks Ange!


Brandi C. October 23, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks Angela!


Holly October 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Thanks for the loveley recipe! I just made it tonight and got great reviews from the hubby, too! DELISH!!! And est part, we have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!!! YEAY! Thanks again!


Holly October 23, 2009 at 9:49 pm

whoops, I didn’t spell check before I posted that last comment! but, you get it, right?


Tamara Lea October 24, 2009 at 2:53 am

OMG, that looks so delicious I have to make it! Its been so long since I’ve cooked anything I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and give this a try. Thanks for sharing it!


Chloe October 24, 2009 at 4:09 pm

the curry is simmering as I type- boy is there a lot of it!


Sara October 26, 2009 at 10:03 am

If you love quinoa, you have to try this recipe! This is quite possibly my favorite vegan quinoa recipe ever! I made some last night and it made me think of this post, so I thought I’d share it with a fellow quinoa-lover. :) Can’t wait to try your recipe!


Miriam October 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of spelt flour or would it taste real bad?! I don’t know where to find spelt flour… actually I’ve never heard of that before today!


Marc October 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm

How much garlic did you use? It wasn’t in the ingredient list. I am making this tonight, bought all the ingredients!


Alycia October 28, 2009 at 9:23 am

Please keep the quinoa recipes coming! I bought a whole big bag of it at Costco and need to use it up. =)


::christine:: November 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I finally made this recipe and I realized that you mentioned garlic in the pics but not on the ingredient list. I added it anyway, just in case, I thought I’d mention it :)

Oh! It was really good – Yummy!


telisa November 16, 2009 at 8:23 pm

my roomie & i are trying this tonight (we always do a ‘family’ dinner on mondays) we’re going to try adding some broccoli, bell peppers, japanese eggplant….and whatever other veggies are in the fridge!

already hungry and dinner is 3 hours away!


Blender Benefits December 21, 2009 at 10:18 am

wow, this looks absolutely delicious. My gf and I have so much quinoa in our pantry that we’ve been meaning to use. I think I’ll try this for dinner tonight. Thanks!


Sharon December 21, 2009 at 10:25 am

I am a big curry and quinoa fan but never thought of cooking with them together. Thanks for this great and healthy recipe. I very much enjoy this website as well!
I wrote a post on my blog about whole grain recipes that I think would be of interest to you:

Feel free to comment! :)


Mary-Ann February 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I found your website through a message posted on “the kind diet” website. What a wonderful surprise! I LOVE you site.

I was just sitting here wondering what to make for dinner and came across this receipe. I think I may just have all the ingredients at home.


Anne June 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I’m a huge fan of quinoa and this recipe sounds delightful! Love coconut, curry and QUINOA! Recently discovered your site through one of my online workout friends…I’m so glad I took a peek and I’ll be back for more!


Anastasia July 10, 2010 at 4:23 am

Angela I just had to post and say this curry is devine! I just made jumbo batch for lunches this week (I hope I don’t eat it all before the week begins!) It was my first
time using quinoa too – new favourite grain!
Oh and to stop the lumps when adding the flour – mix the flour into the stock and then add – no lumps!
Thanks for the recipes… Love your blog ♥


catherine July 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I’ll definitely make this next week. I love curry and Quinoa. The secret to good Quinoa seems to be to rinse it very, very well to remove the bitterness. Hope that works !


Red Head, Yellow Dog July 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

This recipe looks great! i think I’m going to make it tonight for my step dad’s visit. Do you think this recipe will be enough for 3 people? 2 of them being guys! Alsooo I’m out of quinoa (the horror!) and I’m trying to eat down my pantry a bit – do you think israeli cous cous would be good in this??


moreskinnydays May 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

I made this and used coconut milk in the box, the “everyday” beverage type and thought it was pretty good. The next day I reheated it for lunch and ate it with flatbread. That was truly amazing!


BrendaBettina May 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Just made this! What a awesome receipe:) Was the tomatoe sauce to make it more of a tomatoe coconut curry instead?


Stephanie August 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

This is amazing! Just had it for dinner and cannot believe I’ve waiting so long to make my own coconut curry. Love your site and love trying all your recipes!


Natalie July 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Thanks Angela! My partner and I made this last night and finished it off with your peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! I’m in the process of becoming a vegan, and I have found your recipes incredibly helpful. Tonight I’m beginning the process of making my own almond milk for the first time…thanks to you! You rule!


Bailey June 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Hi! I think this is the only curry of yours that I haven’t tried! I was just wondering how much garlic you used? It doesn’t say, unless I’m completely missing it!

Thanks so much :)


Tessa January 4, 2016 at 4:42 am

Looks delicious. How much garlic should we use?


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