What to serve with vindaloo?
To make a complete and balanced meal out of this vindaloo curry, you should pair it with a side dish.
The classic choice would be basmati rice, and that is what we have used ourselves. To spice things up, you can use a mix of basmati and wild rice. Another favourite of ours is mushroom rice. Make it by stir-frying rice with shredded shitake mushrooms.
If you prefer to dip through the vindaloo, then get yourself some warm and fragrant naan bread. Garlic naan is perfect here. We recommend this option if you found yourself overwhelmed by the fiery curry, as bread can help piping things down.
If you have any vindaloo leftovers but not enough for a second round, then get some crispy poppadoms and drizzle them with remaining curry as you would with chutney.
Are you looking for a vegan and gluten-free alternative? Check out our quinoa flatbread recipe.
What other veggies can I use instead of sweet potatoes in this recipe?
Whenever we make vegetarian curries or soup, we like tho choose starchy vegetables. With these veggies, we can have a thick and creamy stew without recurring to things like flours or potato starch.
At the top of our list of vegetables suitable for creamy stews, we have sweet potatoes - which we chose for our vegan vindaloo recipe. Regular potatoes can also be used as a thickener, but we like the red variant because it is more nourishing.
Another top option is butternut squash or pumpkin, which share many similarities with sweet potatoes.
If you want to use other non-starchy vegetables, we suggest you pair them with red lentils, which are also an excellent stew thickener.
We already used red lentils in our vegan vindaloo recipe above, so you only have to replace sweet potatoes with your favourite veggie and follow the recipe as is.
Here are a few other vegetables that would make a delicious vindaloo curry:
Whatever you chose, remember to pair this spicy vindaloo with a side to get a balanced and complete meal. Here are a few ideas of what goes well with vindaloo.
I want to have vindaloo with a mix of meat and veggies. What can I use?
If you are not ready to abandon the traditional meat-based vindaloo but don't want to give up healthy veggies either, we will tell you how to alter our recipe to use a mix of vegetables and meat.
As you will be getting proteins from the meat, you could get rid of the lentils, or keep them for the ultimate protein boost.
Chicken pairs well with sweet potatoes and still deliver a healthy vindaloo rich in proteins but with few saturated fats.
If you enjoy curries with a stronger taste, then lamb would be our second-best pick for a mixed vindaloo. Choose a lean cut that is also good in stews, like diced lamb leg.
Pork is also an option, but we suggest you use a low-fat cut to minimize unhealthy fats, as this meat has more unsaturated fats than beef or lamb .
After selecting your favourite cut of meat, marinate it in the vindaloo paste we prepared in step one for 30 minutes at least. Then place it in the skillet at the same time as the lentils and cook to your desired level. Ensure the curry doesn't dry out in the process by pouring in more liquids as necessary.