Kama Sutra Curry

Culinary love & pleasure are maxed up to the hilt in this lavish delight. Too many exotic ingredients combined to create this magnificent magic – so divine in taste, it was impossible to classify !

Serve with basmati rice, poppadoms, and a vegan raita.

Serves 4


olive oil

1 medium sized onion, chopped finely

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 cups (around 2 lbs/900 g) pumpkin peeled, cut into 1½ inch squares

1 large or 2 medium sized sweet potatoes peeled, cut into 1½ inch squares

14 mushrooms, washed and sliced

2 Tbsp tomato paste

juice of 1 large orange

zest of 1 orange

1 tsp stevia, or other sweetener of your choice

salt to taste

¼ cup (50 mL) water

3 to 4 tsp curry powder

¼ tsp astafosida

½ tsp crushed cardamon seeds

½ tsp turmeric powder

¾ tsp chilli powder

¼ tsp ginger

¼ tsp cumin

1 cinnamon stick

around 3.5 oz (100g) dark vegan chocolate pieces or vegan chocolate chips (although this dish definitely needs the chocolate, the amount to use is subjective)


2 cups vegan yoghurt

1 heaped tsp dried mint


lemon juice

Mix the above together and serve.


  1. Heat the oil in a large casserole, and fry the onion and garlic, stirring all the time
  2. Next, add all the spices, and a little more oil, and mix. Then spoon in the tomato paste.
  3. Now add all your chopped veggies, and mix all the time, so that the spices mingle and stick to them – the aroma will be wonderful.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, and a little water, and allow to simmer gently until all the veggies are soft. Taste for salt – add more if you need to, this is not a dessert.
  5. Simmer for around 40 minutes, then serve with basmati rice, popadums, my raita, and chocolate pieces.
  6. Drink water with this one, as it’s highly flavoursome. Enjoy !

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  1. Hi Miriam, coming to your site is always a beautiful gift. I have a question, what is astafosida? Where can I find it? Is there a substitution? I live in the US.

  2. Dear Dawn, thanks for your kind words. Here is a link for asafoetida (spelt differently in a few places, so forgive my wrong spelling of it) – you will also find others :- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asafoetida http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-asafoetida.htm – if you cannot find it in where you live you can use onion powder in it’s place, it should do the job. Enjoy this and get back to me with your feedback !

  3. What is that sliced on top of the dish?

  4. Kathleen Hi and welcome here. I used a homemade chocolate and nut vegan fudge – but any vegan chocolate will be fine – the idea being to marry and consolidate the flavours of orange & chocolate in a curry sauce with orange coloured vegetables and exotic spices – the result a truly sublime delight. Not for everybody’s palate, but wonderfully unique ! Do let me know how it goes as and when/if you try it ! 🙂

  5. This was an interesting dish to make! Loved the spicy, warmth and slight sweetness of the curry combined with the silky texture of the chocolate. I used Lindt Excellence 85% cocoa and I thought it worked well.

  6. Rosie Hi there and welcome here. I am glad that you made and enjoyed this recipe – it is unique and therefore interesting as it’s a little different to the main stream kind of curries. I am glad that you mentioned the texture element as that is in part what makes it a truly sensual dish, and you got some great chocolate to marry it too ! Well done for making this and delighted with your feedback description. I look forward to your future comments on my blog ! Cheers your way in the meantime.

  7. I’m so excited to find your blog! This is exactly the sort of creative cooking I like to do myself and I’m happy to see you don’t seem to rely on fake meats etc can’t wait to try this recipe.

  8. Ange Hi there, I too am glad and delighted that you found my blog ! I have recipes here for everybody’s taste – so I do use some fake meat for some dishes – it’s all plant based and at least people who would otherwise not perhaps stick to a vegan diet will find this of some help as well as new vegans, and vegans hosting avid omnivores – it has it’s place in that regard etc. . . Meantime, feel free to browse and let me know how it all goes as and when you go for it ! 🙂

  9. I am really looking forward to savouring this one Miriam! I have a feeling it’s coming my way Saturday courtesy of your kitchen at Mouthwatering Vegan. Wonderfully healthy a start to New Year!

  10. Hi there Liz and thanks for dropping by here. I have been to the green grocer and brought back so many wonderful delights to prepare for Saturday ! ‘Chicken’ Tikka Masala is just one of the curries coming your way, so get ready for it and the other surprises will follow. 🙂

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  13. This is my first post to let you know how much I love your website and recipes. it’s the best vegan site on the planet. Dawn Samantha, astafosida is typically sold in indian/pakastani here in the US. if you have an upscale supermarket and feel comfortable shopping there, look in that section

  14. What a wonderful dish. Warm and spicy, savory, studded with flavorful surprises, and with a beautiful texture. We will be making this one again and again. Thank you for this creative, complex curry!

  15. Tricia dear thanks for dropping by here with your wonderful described comment on my curry – it is indeed unique, flavorsome yet gentle I think and it’s true what you say about the texture. I am glad you will make it again. If you really want magic in your mouth, make my roast vegetable one to to go with it and you will be in culinary heaven – here is the link for you (and the positive comments are endless). http://www.mouthwateringvegan.com/2011/05/11/roast-vegetable-fruit-coconut-curry/ – this curry is insanely good and will be a massive treat with the Kama Sutra one here. Best wishes your way in the meantime.

  16. Hi there Keith and welcome here. Wow, what a wonderful comment – thanks and if you really love curries then please allow me to suggest this one from my blog too, it’s reviews have been astounding – http://www.mouthwateringvegan.com/2011/05/11/roast-vegetable-fruit-coconut-curry/ I very much look forward to your future comments here. Thanks for the tip for Dawn. Best wishes your way in the meantime and feel free to join my new Monthly upcoming newsletter – if so just say the word and I will add you. 🙂

  17. well, while we are on the subject, the flaming vegan passed along this little tibit, so i thought i’d share it with all of you. as a disclaimer, i do not use this ingrediant. it just happened to come up in conversation.

  18. Thanks Keith – interesting.

  19. i have just discovered your delicious and inspiring recipes through Pinterest and will be including quite a few (o.k., many!) of them in my repertoire.
    I’m not vegan or vegetarian even but do like to cook healthily for my husband and myself and so it’s a joy to find some interesting and original dishes.
    Thank you – from an English cook who likes to broaden her culinary horizons!

  20. Hi there Susie and welcome here – so glad you found me on Pinterest. Most people on my blog may be vegan, some vegetarians, a non-vegans, some vegans married to non-vegans, a host of different people here which is what adds interest to the whole culinary experience. All that said, I have found that most people who opt for healthy options without compromising taste omit meat and dairy a few times a week – and here I have a host of different recipes for everybody to enjoy ! Susie, I very much look forward to your future comments on my blog and best wishes your way in the meantime !

  21. hi Miriam
    i made this today and it was delicious one of the best curries i ever had!!! *_*

  22. That’s super news Christina, so glad you enjoyed it and hope you enjoy my other curries from here too ! 🙂


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