We are in the last week of our holiday in Europe. In a week’s time, we’ll be home. As in previous years, after about three weeks, we start to looking forward to go home again. Even if it means to go back to scorching heat and humidity, as this is what we can expect at the end of August in Dubai.

For the past few days, we have been visiting family and friends every day. I am very close to my family. As I am only going home once per year, I am ready to make the effort of seeing everyone, even if it is just for an afternoon. This sounds easier than it is. Especially for the kids it is quite a tiring task, and for my husband probably a bit boring as he doesn’t speak German. Those visits, especially the ones to the older family members are usually accompanied by big meals and heavy German cakes. For the meals that we have by ourselves before or after a visit, my family particularly asks for something light.

I love meals that don’t require a trip to the grocery store and that can be whipped up in just a few minutes. We are usually stocked up on a variety of vegetables, no matter where we are. On a few rainy days here in Germany, I made us hearty vegetable soups without having to leave the house. This vegetable curry has been on my favorite list too, ever since I used it to clean out the veggie shelf in my fridge before our holidays. Quick and easy, light on the stomach, very satisfying and extremely healthy as the veggies as well as the spcies have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Enjoy!

adapted from Against all Grain
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon coriander
pinch of chili powder

sea salt to taste
3 cups mixed fresh vegetables (e.g. carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, potatoes, broccoli, green beans)
1 cup coconut milk
Serves 2

Cut vegetables evenly into bite sizes.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and spices and fry for a few seconds until fragrant. Add vegetables and saute for a few minutes.
Add the coconut milk and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked. Serve immediately.


  1. That looks delicious and easy enough to do on a weekday too. Love cauliflower in curries 🙂

  2. Sounds like a wonderful but very busy holiday. You will need another holiday once you get back to Dubai. I like these simple meals which are full of flavour.

  3. nice curry, easy too! yum. Its perfect and satisfying.

  4. I know exactly what you’re talking about, we live in Europe and when visiting our families in Canada, we get quite busy seeing everyone. Sometimes I don’t even have time for friends, since I spend as much time as possible with the family. I also love to cook a meal without having to leave the house. Your recipe looks absolutely delicious !

  5. I tried this today and it was wonderful! Perfect dish for a busy weeknight 🙂

  6. So good! I’m starting my journey of changing my diet and it’s been a bit overwhelming since there’s so much info on the internet and it’s hard to find time between my job and college, but your blog has been helping me a ton! 🙂 I made this curry today and, boy, it was delicious!! Thanks 🙂

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