Vegetable Karahi
Vegetable Karahi
5 from 6 votes
Delve into the world of Pakistani cuisine with the delightful vegetable karahi, an aromatic and colourful dish perfect for a family meal or a special occasion. Made with a mix of fresh veggies, it's an excellent choice for those seeking a nutritious yet flavourful option.
Vegetable Karahi

Vegetable Karahi, a colorful and flavorful dish originating from the heart of South Asia, is a delightful medley of vibrant vegetables and aromatic spices.

With its origins deeply rooted in the rich culinary traditions of the Indian subcontinent, this dish offers a tantalizing fusion of textures and tastes. Despite its exotic name, Vegetable Karahi is surprisingly simple to prepare, making it an ideal choice for both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

This recipe showcases a harmonious blend of potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes, all cooked to perfection in a fragrant mix of spices.

The dish gets its name from the traditional karahi, a type of deep, circular cooking vessel widely used in South Asian cuisine. Each ingredient plays a crucial role in enhancing the overall flavor profile, resulting in a dish that is both wholesome and satisfying.

While Vegetable Karahi traditionally features a combination of potatoes, bell peppers, and carrots, feel free to customize the recipe based on your preferences and seasonal availability.

Whether served as a hearty main course or a flavorful side dish, Vegetable Karahi promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to the bustling streets of South Asia with every bite.

Expert Tip: For a smoky flavor, you can roast the bell peppers over an open flame or under the broiler before adding them to the dish.


Potatoes: Potatoes add a hearty texture to the dish and serve as a satisfying base. Their mild flavor allows them to absorb the aromatic spices, contributing to the overall richness of the dish.

Bell Peppers: With their vibrant colors and crisp texture, bell peppers not only enhance the visual appeal of Vegetable Karahi but also impart a subtle sweetness to the dish. The combination of green and red bell peppers adds depth and complexity to the flavor profile.

Carrots: Carrots bring a touch of sweetness and earthiness to the dish, complementing the other vegetables perfectly. Their vibrant orange hue adds visual interest to the ensemble.

Onion: Finely chopped onions form the flavor base of Vegetable Karahi, providing a savory foundation for the dish. When cooked until translucent, onions release their natural sweetness, balancing the spices and acidity of the tomatoes.

Garlic: Garlic adds a robust, pungent flavor to the dish, enhancing its overall depth and complexity. Finely chopped garlic cloves infuse the dish with aromatic goodness, elevating its taste profile.

Ginger: Fresh ginger lends a warm, peppery flavor to Vegetable Karahi, with subtle citrus undertones. Its aromatic presence adds brightness to the dish, enhancing its overall freshness.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes contribute acidity and tanginess to the dish, balancing the richness of the spices and vegetables. Diced tomatoes add a burst of color and juiciness, creating a luscious sauce that coats the vegetables.

Oil: Oil serves as the cooking medium for sautéing the vegetables and spices, imparting richness and depth to the dish. Choose a neutral oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable or canola oil, for best results.

Cumin Seeds and Coriander Seeds: Cumin seeds and coriander seeds form the aromatic foundation of Vegetable Karahi, infusing the dish with warm, earthy flavors. Toasting the seeds in oil releases their essential oils, intensifying their fragrance and taste.

Turmeric Powder: Turmeric powder lends a vibrant yellow hue to Vegetable Karahi, while also adding warmth and depth of flavor. Its subtle bitterness balances the sweetness of the vegetables, creating a harmonious flavor profile.

Chili Powder: Chili powder adds a hint of heat to the dish, providing a delightful kick of spice. Adjust the amount according to your preference for spiciness, keeping in mind that a little goes a long way.

Salt: Salt enhances the natural flavors of the ingredients and helps to balance the overall taste of Vegetable Karahi. Season the dish to taste, adding salt gradually as needed.

Coriander: Fresh coriander leaves, also known as cilantro, add a burst of freshness and color to Vegetable Karahi. Sprinkle chopped coriander over the dish just before serving to brighten its appearance and flavor.

Dried Fenugreek Leaves: Dried fenugreek leaves, also known as kasuri methi, impart a distinctive aroma and flavor to Vegetable Karahi. Their slightly bitter, nutty taste enhances the complexity of the dish, adding a unique layer of depth.

Expert Tip: To enhance the richness of Vegetable Karahi, you can add a splash of coconut milk or cashew cream towards the end of cooking.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve Vegetable Karahi hot, garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves and a sprinkle of dried fenugreek leaves for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Accompany Vegetable Karahi with fluffy basmati rice or warm, buttery naan bread for a complete and satisfying meal.
  • For a lighter option, serve Vegetable Karahi alongside fragrant cumin-infused rice or whole wheat chapatis.
  • Pair Vegetable Karahi with a cooling cucumber and mint raita or tangy mango chutney to balance the heat of the spices.
  • Enhance the presentation of Vegetable Karahi by arranging thinly sliced lemon wedges and fresh green chilies on the side for a pop of color and zing.

Expert Tip: For a restaurant-style finish, garnish Vegetable Karahi with a drizzle of melted ghee or clarified butter just before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

How spicy is Vegetable Karahi?

Vegetable Karahi can be adjusted to suit your preferred level of spiciness by varying the amount of chili powder used. Start with a small amount and adjust to taste.

Can I add other vegetables to Vegetable Karahi?

Yes, feel free to customize Vegetable Karahi by adding your favorite vegetables such as cauliflower, peas, or green beans. Just ensure that all the vegetables are cut into uniform pieces for even cooking.

Can I make Vegetable Karahi in advance?

Yes, Vegetable Karahi can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Simply reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Is Vegetable Karahi vegan-friendly?

Yes, Vegetable Karahi is naturally vegan as it contains only plant-based ingredients. It’s a delicious and satisfying option for vegans and vegetarians alike.

Can I freeze Vegetable Karahi?

While Vegetable Karahi can be frozen for longer storage, the texture of the vegetables may change slightly upon thawing. It’s best enjoyed fresh or stored in the refrigerator for short-term consumption.

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Vegetable Karahi

Vegetable Karahi

by Nabeela Kauser
Delve into the world of Pakistani cuisine with the delightful vegetable karahi, an aromatic and colourful dish perfect for a family meal or a special occasion.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 253 kcal


  • 3 Potatoes
  • 2 Bell Peppers 1 green, 1 red
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Coriander
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek leaves
  • 500 ml Water


  • Chop the potatoes, bell peppers, and carrots into bite-sized pieces.
  • Finely chop the onion, garlic, and ginger. Dice the tomatoes.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan or wok (karahi) over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and coriander seeds. Fry for a minute until they start to pop.
  • Add the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes, until softened.
  • Add the chopped potatoes, bell peppers, and carrots to the pan. Stir well to combine with the onion and spices.
  • Add the turmeric powder, chili powder, and salt to the pan. Stir well to ensure all the vegetables are coated with the spices. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes until the tomatoes have softened.
  • Add the water to the pan. Stir well.
  • Cover the pan and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Sprinkle with dried fenugreek and fresh coriander leaves.


This Vegetable Karahi is a flexible dish. You can adjust the amount of water to your preferred consistency.
Add more for a saucier curry, or less for a drier version.
Enjoy this vibrant and healthy dish with your choice of bread or rice.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 637mgPotassium: 1162mgFibre: 8gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 7676IUVitamin C: 121mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Food, Recipe, Spicy, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
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Latest comments (2)

Nabeela Kauser

5 stars
Apologies for the oversight! Thank you for pointing that out. Tomatoes are an essential ingredient for this recipe. I’ve updated the ingredient list to include them. 🙂

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