If you like bright, comforting bowls of tender meat and veggies, these slow cooker curries are for you.
From lamb to tofu, there’s something for everyone here. And between the warm spices, creamy sauce, and incredible textures, you’ll want to make them all.
Luckily, with the slow cooker, you can do just that! After all, curry is best after a long cook so the flavors can marry.
So, set the heat to low and let one of these slow cooker curries bubble away. That leaves you plenty of time to make some fluffy Indian bread to go with it.
20 Weeknight Curries To Make In The Slow Cooker
1. Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
This first recipe takes the humble chicken to a whole new level of deliciousness. Trust me, this curry is better than takeout!
The chicken is breaded and pan-fried before cooking in the slow cooker, giving it a wonderfully crispy outer crust.
You’ll also add cashews for a wonderful textural contrast.
Seasoned with soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, and sweet chili sauce, this is one Asian chicken recipe the whole family will love.
2. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Do you want to make your very own restaurant-quality chicken tikka masala? I promise it’s not as hard as it looks.
In case you’re not familiar, chicken tikka masala is a flavor-packed dish of tender chicken swimming in a thick and creamy curry sauce.
This recipe amps up the classic dish even more with added spices that provide an extra layer of smokiness.
3. Slow Cooker Tofu Butter Chicken (Vegan)
Hey vegans, this one’s for you!
In this dish, tofu mimics the awesome flavors and texture of chicken so well that even meat lovers won’t miss it.
Plus, the blend of garam masala, ginger, curry powder, onions, and coconut milk is so aromatic you can smell it from a mile away.
4. Easy Slow Cooker Lamb Curry
While some don’t enjoy the gaminess of lamb, I can’t get enough of it!
From the tender and flavorful lamb to the bright and warming spices, this stew is the one to beat.
Serve it with naan bread or Jasmine rice for an epic Indian meal.
5. Slow Cooker Vegetable Korma
Trust the Indians to make even the blandest flavor so incredibly addictive!
This curry includes a beautiful veggie medley of cauliflower, carrots, green peas, and green beans, all coated in a thick and creamy coconut-curry sauce.
If you’re thinking about going vegetarian, this vegetable korma might just tip the scales.
It’s not only seriously delicious, but also Paleo, vegan, and gluten-free to boot.
6. Easy Slow Cooker Shrimp Curry
This shrimp curry has a lovely combination of sweet, savory, and creamy.
Here’s the kicker: it’s low-fat and nutritious!
It seems impossible, but it’s true. Gone are the days when diets are only made up of boring dishes.
So, add this to your weekly meal rotation for a tasty and nourishing dish.
7. Slow Cooker Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk
Chicken curry often contains potatoes and carrots, but this one’s a bit different.
Instead of the usual starches, this curry is loaded with chunks of sweet potatoes, providing a wonderful contrast to the otherwise savory dish.
It also gets bonus points for being dairy and gluten-free.
8. Slow Cooker Chickpea and Potato Curry
Here’s yet another vegetarian curry that’ll make even meat lovers go crazy!
Indian spices and coconut milk together create a luscious broth that coats potatoes and chickpeas.
Just serve it with Jasmine rice and you’ve got yourself a complete meal – no chicken, pork, or beef necessary.
9. Slow Cooker Thai Red Beef Curry
While Indian curry is my absolute favorite, I also can’t say no to an authentic Thai curry recipe.
If you feel the same, you have to try this Thai red curry with beef. It’s just as delectable but has a slightly different spice profile than the recipes above.
Filled with tender beef, hearty vegetables, and a wildly flavorful broth, it’s so good you’ll want to lick the bowl.
10. Slow Cooker Chana Masala
Chana masala is a Northern Indian dish that features chana or chickpeas. But trust me, even though it’s vegetarian, this dish is for everyone.
With all the aromatic spices and seasonings in this dish, the chickpeas become so incredibly scrumptious it’s impossible to resist.
I also love that it doesn’t require anything to be pre-cooked on the stovetop beforehand.
With this one-pot meal, you just toss everything in the pot and forget about it!
11. Slow Cooker Beef Curry
This next dish may not be an authentic curry, but it sure is scrumptious.
Despite it not containing coconut milk or cream, it’s bursting with flavors from cumin, curry, garam masala, tomatoes, and, of course, steak!
It’s healthy without being boring. And since it’s so nutritious, why not enjoy one of these yummy Indian desserts when you’re done?
12. Slow Cooker Indian Lentils
This next dish gives humble lentils a major flavor makeover.
Rich, warming, hearty, and so, so satisfying, it’s Indian comfort food at its best.
It also just happens to be vegetarian.
One recipe makes a huge batch, so you’ll get to enjoy its goodness for days.
13. Slow Cooker Coconut Quinoa Curry
The vibrant colors of this quinoa curry alone should tell you how delectable it is.
It’s a unique combination of quinoa, broccoli, sweet potatoes, onions, and chickpeas, which may seem like an unlikely fusion, but it works wonderfully.
They’re coated in a thick sauce made with coconut milk, turmeric, tomatoes, and ginger, so expect a mind-blowing explosion of flavors.
14. Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry
This vegetable curry is colorful, flavorful, and nutritious. What more can you ask for?
It’s the kind of dish I make towards the end of the week when I need to clear out the fridge. So, use any vegetables you like to help save on food waste.
What makes this curry extra special, though, is the mango chutney. This not-so-secret ingredient enhances the spices like no other ingredient can.
15. Slow Cooker Chicken Korma
Chicken korma is creamy, coconutty, and bursting with buttery cashews. It’s also one of the most popular Indian meals in the UK.
From the dreamy color to the sweet flavors and pleasant textures, it’s clear to see why.
Serve it with Jasmine rice or naan bread so you have something to soak up all that delectable coconut-cashew sauce.
16. Slow Cooker Thai Chicken And Wild Rice Soup
This next soup has chicken, rice, vegetables, and a rich coconut curry sauce all together in one bowl.
It’s a complete meal in one guaranteed to warm your heart and soul.
Seasoned with Thai curry paste, fish sauce, ginger, and brown sugar, it has all the flavors you love in Thai comfort food. Yum.
17. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Lentil Curry
Butternut squash and lentils combine to make a hearty and cozy vegan curry.
Oh, and it’s gluten and dairy-free, too!
This thick and creamy delight is perfect on top of a bowl of aromatic rice.
That said, since this is already loaded with squash and lentils, you might want to keep things light with a fresh Indian salad on the side.
18. Slow Cooker Pumpkin, Chickpea, & Red Lentil Curry
This next vegetarian curry recipe features pumpkin and chickpeas in a red curry sauce, which is the real star of the dish if you ask me.
Just mix coconut milk with curry spice, cayenne pepper, and garlic, then let it bubble until it thickens.
19. Slow Cooker Chicken Saag Curry
Saag is a mild curry loaded with chicken and spinach. It seems like a basic combination, and it is to a point. But it’s also overwhelmingly delicious.
I like to serve this rich curry with a few different Indian sides to add fun textures to the mix.
20. Slow Cooker Lamb Rogan Josh
Don’t be intimidated by lamb rogan josh. This popular Indian classic is actually pretty easy to make at home.
This recipe makes restaurant-quality rogan josh with very minimal effort. The best part? One serving is just 450 calories.
Once it’s cooked, treat yourself for a job well-done with one of these delightful Indian cocktails.
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