Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Korma

This vegetable packed slow cooker korma screams comfort without the need for added fats, oils or sugars- Paleo, Vegan and gluten free- So flavourful and filling, you won’t even miss the meat! 


Living in one of the most expensive cities in the world can have it’s perks but at the same time, can have it’s downsides. Many downsides.

Although I’m JUST back in Melbourne, 2014 was spent in Sydney. My monthly wages went primarily towards rent and the remaining amount went towards groceries, weekend brunch (because to me, that’s a necessity) and bills. 

Neither of my shoebox apartments I leased had air conditioning or central heating and that was something I thought I could deal with…until Winter actually hit. I know many of you in the northern Hemisphere would think us Australians are the ultimate softies complaining over 2 degree Celsius weather but still- It’s what we’ve grown up with and acclimatised to and to us- That is bloody freezing! 


During the peak of Winter, I would literally strut about with four jackets and underneath that a hoodie, t shirt and singlet. Friends, this was inside the apartment. Don’t get me started of when I actually left the apartment. My fingers would go numb and more often that not, I’d be tempted to start a campfire just for the fun of it. Midway through our Winter period, I finally had the wise idea to whip out the crock pot/slow cooker/large cooking utensil. This was something I was reluctant to bring to Sydney but mum forced me to, telling me it would come in handy.

Oh how right she was. 

Before I went to work, I chucked in some chicken thighs, spices and coconut milk and set it on low. When I returned from work, I actually started sweating when I entered my shoebox. I took off my jackets, one by one until I was standing there NOT shivering in a light hoodie and T shirt. The slow cooker was like magic. It had single handedly made my whole shoebox apartment comfortably warm- Not to mention smelling absolutely amazing. 

For the next four weeks, I used any excuse to turn on the slow cooker before work. For those of you who use this appliance, you’ll be well versed to know it makes a tonne of food. I had to get creative after a while because as nice as copycat Chipotle Beef barbacoa is, there’s only so much you can freeze/eat for days. 


I wanted something with vegetables to accompany my standard meat and potato dinner so threw in some carrots, cauliflower, green beans, peas with some curry flavours and coconut milk and let it heat my shoebox simmer and when I returned from work- A delicious spicy side dish which smelt absolutely amazing. 

This simple slow cooker vegetable korma recipe is perfectly customisable to whatever vegetables you have on hand. This particular version is perfect for those following a paleo, vegan or gluten free lifestyle but for those who don’t- I’ve made this with potatoes and chicken thighs and it’s amazing- Especially eaten over some coconut curry basmati rice

By the way- I’m back in Melbourne, in the peak of Summer, with my slow cooker in tow. 

No regrets. 

Slow Cooker Vegetable Korma
This vegetable packed slow cooker korma screams comfort without the need for added fats, oils or sugars- Paleo, Vegan and gluten free- So flavourful and filling, you won't even miss the meat!
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  1. 1 large cauliflower, broken into florets (can sub for potatoes/root veggies)
  2. 2 large carrots, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup frozen green peas (sub for extra green beans if completely paleo)
  4. 1 cup green beans,chopped
  5. 1/2 large onion, chopped
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 3/4 can coconut milk
  8. 2 T curry powder
  9. 1 T sea salt
  10. 1 tsp garam marsala
  11. 1 T red pepper flakes (optional)
  12. 2 T almond meal (can sub for a coconut flour blend to thicken)
  1. In a large slow cooker/crock pot, add the chopped cauliflower, carrots, green peas, green beans, onion and garlic and mix well.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut milk with the curry powder, sea salt, garam marsala and red pepper flakes and mix very well. Pour the liquid mixture over the vegetables evenly. Sprinkle with almond meal and ensure it is fully incorporated.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours, until the mixture is very thick. Serve immediately or allow to cool completely.
  1. What differs from a curry is that a korma is supposed to be more thick than liquid.
  2. As with any stew or curry, this tastes better the longer it sits.
  3. Refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to two months.
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139 thoughts on “Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Korma

  1. Mmmm not vegan nor am I Paleo buuut I want a bowl of that- YES to anything simmered in coconut milk! I actually don’t own a slow cooker but I might have to try this on a super low heat over the stove- you’ve spurred a craving. I definitely agree about being acclimatised according to certain locations. I used to handle British winter like a champ when I lived there, but now I am here shivering in the midst of Mumbai’s winter….I need to stop walking around in shorts!

    1. This works in over the stove!!! I sent it to my mum and she’s like ‘I am NOT ripping out the slow cooker for this’- She did it over 40 minutes on the stove- Much quicker 😉

      Haha, we should both not complain about walking around in shorts in ‘Winter’. We may get kale thrown at us!

  2. You better be back in Sydney in a few weeks…..
    This looks SO good and yes, comforting! You don’t even want to know how freezing it is here in winter and then me on the bike – oh yes.
    I wish I had a Slow Cooker. I went to a store lately where the sell kitchen supplies and the salesman looked at me like I just turned into a chicken when I asked for a Slow Cooker. Oh Switzerland.

  3. Wait, did I miss something? You’re back in Melbourne? Just for a visit or do you stay?
    Yay for the slow cooker! I love mine. I am pretty new to using it and this one is going to be tested soon. I love to come home to a warm dinner. It’s like magic and I don’t even need my wand for it 😉
    P.S. I love the new design. So grown up and sophisticated 🙂

  4. Aren’t slow cookers and crock pots the same thing? crock pots just being a brand name??
    Anyhoo I love my slow cooker, and I was looking for more recipes, so this is ideal! going to add some chicken too… Yum!
    I must admit, I do abuse the oven for heat… Once I take a meal out I switch it off and leave the door open to give the apartment some heat! Scotland is chilly and snowy right now… Need all the heat we can!

  5. I didn’t realize you moved back to Melbourne. New job? I love slow cooker meals and this one looks so good.
    The weather in Williamsburg is gross. It’s freezing rain right now and I’m waiting for the work delay announcement, but it hasn’t come so I think I’m out of luck!

  6. OH MY GOSH!!!! This is exactly what I am CRAVINNNGGG!!! You know I miss home, and now I miss this even more….I did buy some garam masala last week though, so now I can make it, rather than just making a generic curry. Thanks for this…..now I just have to convince my other half to want to eat it. LOVE that it is a slow cooker recipe too….I guess that answers your question 🙂

  7. I like how accessible this is. I can’t do heavy fats and most cow’s milk dairy, so this definitely makes this an option. Also, I love the smorgasbord of veggies. That is always a winner in my book.

    1. One fellow mentioned that he was not able to drink milk, has he tried Kafir? A friend introduced it to me, following a bad car smash he was completely unable to during milk. He is now married to an Ukranian girl who introduced him to Kefir. As it is a probiotic it changes milk totally. I even went camping with a 4 day supply, no problem and no cooler. Give it try…..

  8. Haha I loved reading this post!! Good thing your mom made you bring the slow cooker with you! Also now that I’m in Australia and it is HOT, I still want to use a slow cooker. I went to target yesterday and bought one since I didn’t have enough room to pack it haha! I’m too obsessed with it to go without for too long. I love this vegetable korma – it looks and sounds delicious!

  9. I kid you not when I say that I was juts (as in yesterday) searching for a vegetarian and vegan slow cooker recipe with an Indian twist! How did you know? Pinning now!

  10. This looks like the perfect way to use up the veggies I have in the fridge now before we head out of town. I think I will make this for dinner tonight- I think Slow Cooker just sounds better than Crock Pot. I say both though. Crock Pot sounds so southern (US southern 😉 )

  11. Hahaha…I love that you are posting this in the middle of summer down there in Australia. This looks like the ultimate comfort food to snack on after shoveling loads of snow. Maybe you could send me a slow cooker full? 🙂

  12. Chicago is an icebox and the moment… I seriously question how I will survive until spring!
    The recipe is a perfect meal for me to make for my vegetarian sister! It looks so comforting, too!

  13. This is everything I’m wanting in life right now. Just pinned. What exactly is korma, btw? Did I somehow miss it? Could I add kangaroo for protein?

    Okay, I feel like we need to Skype and discuss living in the most expensive cities in the world and thinking about moving home. Except Melbourne doesn’t suck and Pittsburgh does. Congrats on making a hard/good decision. It’s one I’m going to be struggling with for the next few months.

  14. I love any dish like this made with coconut milk – so good! And great pictures too.

    Geez, I think I would die in an apartment without heating. Especially when it’s around -21 celsius (or -35 with windchill) like it has been here this week! Guh. Is it summer yet?

  15. This looks so comforting – I could definitely use this to warm me up (it’s -2 here in NY). I feel ya on the no heat thing, in one of my apts I had to layer just like you and I was still cold, it was the worst thing ever!! Pinning this for sure 🙂

  16. Your slow cooker kept your apartment warm!? That’s one intense slow cooker! Although, I was glued to our crock pot two nights ago when my mom was making rice porridge in it. It was my life saver.
    I’m a fan of curry, vegetables, warmth, and no-hands cooking. Needless to say, I’m allllll over this recipe.

  17. CROCK POT. Although I’ve recently started trying to say slow cooker because I feel like it’s more universal? I don’t know. Ohhh and I love those bowls! I was searching for similar ones but could not find…saaaaad sad days my friend.

  18. We’re currently experiencing what I guess you would consider an Australian winter — it’s +3 right now, which is actually kind of crazy for us. Then again, it was -25 a few weeks ago, soooo we’re kind of all over the place. But it’s nice. This weather. Means I only have to sleep in 1 hoodie instead of 2 😛

  19. Whyyy does every blogger need to taunt me with slow cooker recipes? I neither have one nor the space for it and am actually not even sure they’re sold in Germany. The idea of just adding everything to a pot, walking away and returning to a fully cooked meal is awesome – and not far from my usual way of cooking [#confession].
    And yes, I totally used to bake to heat up my apartment, too. The delicious scent was another bonus – oh, and the cookies.
    Oh and yes, feel free to send me any frozen remainders of this. They look deeeelish and by the time they arrive over here should have thawed 😉 .

  20. I have no idea what korma is, but I want it all over my face. This looks way delicious, and would be great in my 30F to 40F temps. I think I’ve used a Crock Pot like…once or twice in my life. I need to get down on some crocked meals.

  21. Weekend brunch is always a necessity.

    You know how much I love this recipe right. It’s definitely going in the rotation.

    Also, it was 1 degree in Cleveland this week, so -18 Fahrenheit and that doesn’t include the wind chill which makes it feel like -30. You better bring lots of layers my friend.

  22. I made this tonight and it was soooo good! My husband isn’t a big fan or veggies or curry and he even loved it. I didn’t put as much of the spices or salt in so my baby girl would eat it and it was still really flavorful. My baby wouldn’t stop eating! Will definitely be making this again ☺

  23. Mine did not look like the pictures you have here. Looks more like potato in your pics. Mine was more watery. I used all top quality ingredients.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that- This is one of my most popular slow cooker recipes- Did you use full fat coconut milk? That often impacts the thickness of it. Potatoes are an option if you like, I used cauliflower and carrots for my original version.

  24. I made this over the weekend and it was SO delicious! 20 minutes of chopping veg, and then forget about it for the rest of the day! We had it over basmati and quinoa, and there was enough for 2 people for 2 days. I really like how the flavour is complex from the 2 types of spices, yet not overwhelmingly strong. Next time I’m definitely making a double batch. Thanks for such a simple, wholesome recipe!

  25. I’m a bit late to the game here, but I was curious if there are any other veggies I could throw in that would taste good and cook well? I’ve never used a slow cooker before so this will be my first recipe! 🙂 I also have to omit the green beans and peas since they aren’t Paleo.

  26. I’m not sure if you check this any more, but I have made this recipe countless times. I use red potatoes instead of cauliflower and I add chicken thighs, but other than that I am true to your recipe. This is my 2 year old daughter’s favorite meal and my husband’s grandmother goes on about it forever when I bring her and his grandfather some. Thank you a million times over for this recipe. Thank you for taking the time to put this up. Thank you thank you thank you!

    1. Hi Bobbie!
      Thank you So much for your positive feedback- I’m so envious of your 2 year old daughter’s taste buds!!!!! I can only imagine where it will take her growing up 🙂

      Really appreciate this comment 🙂

  27. Hey there! Plan on making this today… Mmmmm yummy warmies.

    What size can of coconut milk does this call for? They vary from about 200ml to 400ml I think?

    Cheers! 😀

  28. Are the coconut milk cans in Australia extra large? I made this last night and there was very little liquid. I followed the recipe exactly so wondering where I went wrong.

  29. LOVED THIS! It was very easy and so nice to come home to after work. Vegan teen, veg husband, flexitarian younger teen approved. We served over brown rice cooked in veggie broth. The only changes I made– I added 3 small potatoes (didn’t peel, just diced big) and used the whole can of coconut milk instead of 3/4. I can’t wait to have the leftovers, as I’m sure they’ll be even better. Thank you!

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