Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe


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This Marrakesh vegetable curry recipe is loaded with flavor. Spices are freshly toasted and ground and then before serving, we add into what is already an incredibly flavorful curry, lemon, golden raisins, spinach and almonds. This dish is truly a feast for the senses and a wonderful expression of  the richness and abundance that the world has to offer.

A note to my raw food friends!

I am feeling a little conflicted lately. About eating mostly raw and posting cooked food recipes. I created and made some amazing plant based, but not raw, recipes at the Lotus Heart Center Retreat lately that I really want to share – because I am proud of them. I think they are amazing recipes for those who are into veggie, vegan and healthy cooked foods. However, I have been feeling the call to eat more raw food, and know it really is the most incredible healthful food on the planet.  Hope you get inspired by this recipe anyway!

A note for my cooked food friends!

This is truly amazing, delicious, flavorful ..and most importantly for me – bursting with health-filled vegetables, spices and ingredients. I think everyone needs more veggies in their life – cooked or raw, and this recipe is bursting with them. Everyone loved this oh So flavorful Marrakesh curry when we served it at Lotus Heart, and I know that you will love it too!

Come join me in the kitchen. I took lots of photos for this one!


Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe - ready to serve


Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe


2 Onions – chopped
6 Garlic cloves – minced
2 Tbsps Ginger – grated or minced
1 Tbsp Olive oil
4 to 6 Carrots
2 Sweet Potatoes
3 to 4 Zucchini
1 Red Pepper
2 liters Vegetable broth
1 Tbsp Cumin seed
1 Tbsp Coriander seed
1 tsp Mustard seed
10 Cardamom pods
2 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tsp Smoked Paprika
2 tsp Onion powder
1 ½ tsp Cinnamon
2 cups Chickpeas
½ cup Almonds
½ cup Golden Raisins
½ cup Lemon Juice
2 tsp Lemon zest
1 cup packed Spinach


Saute onions, ginger and garlic in olive oil in the bottom of pot for 5 or so minutes until soft. Add the carrots, eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini and peppers along with the vegetable broth, or water and bouillon and bring to a boil. When it reaches boiling lower heat to medium and cook at a low boil.

After you turn up heat for the vegetables, it’s time to get the spices ready. Put the cumin, coriander, mustard seeds and cardamom pods in a frying pan and set on medium high heat. Toast the seeds being careful not to burn them and then remove from heat. Grind the seeds in a spice grinder. I use a little coffee grinder that only gets used for spices and not coffee. Add these ground spices along with all the rest of the spices to the pot with the cooked chickpeas and let the vegetables simmer for up to an hour in the broth, until soft, making sure the broth is just covering the vegetables.

Next when the vegetables are cooked it’s time to add the lemon juice and zest, raisins, almonds and spinach. Let simmer just a few more minutes together, at least until spinach is wilted before serving.

This Marrakesh curry is delicious warmed up and served the next day too!


Photo Description

This was a huge pot of curry I was making to serve about 20 people. So if it looks like a lot, it was. The recipe above was multiplied to make lots! But it will still show the steps to take to make this amazing Marrakesh vegetable curry recipe!

First you saute the onions, garlic and ginger with some olive oil in the bottom of your pot until the onions are starting to soften. Then I added carrots already before I remembered to get my camera and take a pic!

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe - 1 saute onions garlic ginger add carrots

Add the eggplant

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe - 2 add eggplant

sweet potatoes get diced and added

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe - 3 dice and add sweet potato

zucchini and peppers are next to get prepped and added

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe

When all the vegetables are in, cover with vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe

Time to get the spices ready. I pan fried the coriander, mustard, cardamom and cumin seeds to bring out and release their flavors. This is really easy to do, just fry and shake pan over heat until the seeds are toasted being really watchful to remove from heat before any burn.

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe

Transfer seeds to a grinder and grind to a powder.

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe

Add all of the spices to the simmering vegetables. Stir and continue simmering.

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe

Get ready the final ingredients that you will add at the end when the vegetables are cooked: raisins, lemon juice and zest and spinach. If you have big spinach leaves just chop them up a bit.

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe

Add these ingredients to the curry and cook for another few minutes until spinach is wilted before serving.

Flavorful Marrakesh Vegetable Curry Recipe

Serve, and enjoy this aromatic, colorful, sesual feast in a pot!


In health and with love,


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  • Vibeke Kale Vale

    This curry is my kids’ favourite. I make it often.

    • Thanks Vibeke (sorry for such a late reply) Always wonderfult o hear from you!

  • Amanda

    Hello, thank you for the recipe, this is simmering away in my pot right now. However, whilst preparing the meal I noticed some discrepancies in your recipe.

    In the recipe instructions you talk about adding an eggplant, however it is not on the ingredient list. Also, on the ingredient list there are no bay leaves, however in the photo where you are adding the spices there are.

    Could you clarify for us please?

    • Hi Amanda, I have made this recipe several times and sometimes substitute spices. I don’t often add bay leaves but must have that day.. the bay leaves won;t make a big difference in taste. Sorry, this is a recipe I make often and sometimes get a little experimental with. It has always turned out great for me tho, so you can choose whether to add/substitute those ingrediens or not. peace!