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Quick Vegan Spinach and Mushroom Curry

This easy spinach and mushroom curry recipe is inspired by the rich culture of plant based cooking in India and Pakistan!

It is hot and sour, with the sour element provided by tamarind pulp. But it is also fragrant calling on freshly ground spices to really turn the flavour up to 11!

Portrait image of a spinach and mushroom curry served in a copper bowl on a rustic wooden table with red linen and a vintage fork

The Perfect Vegan Mushroom Curry!

You are never far from curry recipes here on my website and Indian Curries in particular. I love them all from the mild chicken pasanda through to fiery lamb madras and especially this recipes meaty brethren, the chicken saag curry.

In fact, you could call this recipe a mushroom saag if you wanted!

I’m equally delighted with the less meaty offerings like vegetable karahi, saag aloo, matar paneer, palak paneer or my more left-field sweet potato curry.

This particular recipe features those vegetarian and vegan leanings that Indian food does so well.

As with most of my recipes, these curried mushrooms go nowhere near curry powder and rely on whole spices instead.

Do not get intimidated, this is easy and quick cooking, taking just 30 minutes!

Portrait image taken from above of a spinach and mushroom curry served in a copper bowl on a rustic wooden table with red linen and a vintage fork

Are Freshly Ground Spices Really Better?

In general, yes!

But like many things in life, a simple yes or no answer is a little too simple.

As you can see from this recipe I use both ground and seed spices.

In general seeds have a longer shelf life than ground seeds, when ground spices will lose both flavour and aroma at different rates.

To see this in action just take a sniff of ground pepper and compare it to a peppercorn you have just crushed. It will be like night and day!

As a result, wherever possible I try and buy and use spices that come in seed form. Things like cumin, fennel, coriander, fenugreek and cloves are all amazing.

Toasting these spices helps to release that aroma which always gives a boost in flavour. I then grind in a cheap coffee grinder. It is much like having your own bespoke garam masala for every recipe!

Spices like turmeric and chili powder are perfectly fine ground. Just make sure that you do not leave them hanging around too long.

Buy a packet that you will use within a few weeks and always store in an airtight container.

Close up portrait image of a spinach and mushroom curry served in a copper bowl on a rustic wooden table with red linen and a vintage fork

Recipe Hints and Tips.

There are a couple of areas to consider when cooking these curried mushrooms.

The first thing that you want is some ripe red tomatoes.

If all you can get is firm under-ripe watery tomatoes that are common in supermarkets out of season then do not use them.

Open a can of tomatoes which are infinitely better than some supermarket tomatoes and use them instead. Just substitute in the same weight!

You could also use tomato puree and additional water.

The second hint relates to the amount of water you add.

I list 100ml in the recipe, however, you will need to vary this and use the amount that gets you the sauce consistency you like.

Both the mushroom and tomatoes will contribute a differing amount of liquid to the gravy and because of this you will need to use your own judgement.

Other than that, enjoy yourself this it is a super tasty recipe and it really is as simple as it looks!

Square image of a spinach and mushroom curry served in a copper bowl on a rustic wooden table with red linen and a vintage fork
Yield: 2 Servings

Spinach and Mushroom Curry Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This spinach and mushroom curry is a simple dish that is bursting with lots of flavour and a lovely punch of chili. Cooking in less than 30 minutes means that it is a perfect mid-week dinner!


  • 500 g Mushrooms
  • 75 g Baby Spinach
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 Dried Red Chili Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/2 Tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 15 g Ginger
  • 75 g Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 150 g Tomatoes
  • 100 ml Water
  • 1 Tbsp Tamarind Pulp
  • 3 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Roughly chop the tomatoes and onion.
  2. Add them to a blender with the garlic and ginger and blitz to a fine paste.
  3. Heat a dry pan over a medium high heat and then toast the coriander, fenugreek, and cumin seeds with the dried red chili for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Grind to a fine paste with a spice grinder or pestle and mortar.
  5. Cut the mushrooms into bite sized pieces, I like to buy mushrooms where this involves cutting them in half.
  6. Heat a pan over a high heat and then add 1 tbsp of the oil.
  7. Throw in the mushrooms, season with salt and cook for 5 minutes to get a nice colour.
  8. Remove the mushrooms and return the pan to a medium high heat.
  9. Add the remaining oil to the pan and when hot add the spice mix along with the chilli powder, asafoetida, ground turmeric and stir for 30 seconds taking care not to burn.
  10. Add in the blended onion mix, mushrooms, water and tamarind pulp and stir, taste and as seasoning if reuqired.
  11. Cook on a low heat for 15 minutes before serving.
  12. For the last 2 minutes add in the spinach and add a lid, stir before serving.


Serve with simply cooked basmati rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 357mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 10gSugar: 12gProtein: 9g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!


Monday 8th of June 2020

Lovely recipe. Unfortunately our veggie won’t eat mushrooms so I used your sauce base to add all sorts of other vegetables. It was delicious and very well received. Thank you.

Brian Jones

Monday 15th of June 2020

Good stuff, I have another fairly new curry recipe that plays around with whatever mixed vegetables that you have lying around at home in the form of this vegetable karahi that is a real winner too :)


Sunday 13th of October 2019

When to add the 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida? Recipe omits this.

Brian Jones

Monday 14th of October 2019

Sorry Eddie, I have updated the recipe, it goes in when the ground chilli and turmeric goes, it is correctly shown in the instructional video further up the page.


Wednesday 10th of April 2019

What amazing flavors! Saving this for our meatless Friday menu!

Brian Jones

Thursday 11th of April 2019

Thanks Susan


Wednesday 10th of April 2019

I don't cook curry too often but when I do I always look for a new recipe to try. And I know exactly what you mean - sometimes it gets really daunting to find a new curry recipe that is both healthy and delicious. Well, at least I won't have to do it again when I decide to make curry next time because I have your recipe now, and it is saved.

Brian Jones

Thursday 11th of April 2019

Thanks Laura, healthy tends to be by accident in these parts ;) Enjoy :)


Wednesday 10th of April 2019

You had me at curry! What a great recipe- I love spinach and mushroom together so I'm sure this would be delish.

Brian Jones

Thursday 11th of April 2019

It is very good indeed :)

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