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Vegetable Balti
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5 from 6 votes

Vegetable Balti

A delectable vegan Vegetable Balti, packed with veggies like onions, scallions, red peppers, potatoes and mushrooms. Mix it all up with a flavorful balti sauce that you can make ahead and store.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Curry
Cuisine: British, Fusion Indian, nut-free, Soy-free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Vegetable Balti
Servings: 3 batches
Calories: 237kcal


  • 15 button mushrooms (or crimini, halved or quartered)
  • 1 medium red onion (diced)
  • 2 green peppers (diced)
  • 2 potatoes
  • 3 green onions (scallions/spring onions, chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

For the balti sauce


  • Place potatoes in a microwave safe bowl with 1 inch of water and zap for 10 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through. Peel and cut in a dice.
  • Make the Balti Sauce:
  • Heat a skillet. Dry-roast the bay leaves, coriander, cumin, fennel, mustard, cardamom, cloves, bay leaves and chilies until they are slightly darker and fragrant, about three to four minutes,
  • Turn off the heat, remove the ingredients to a blender, and to the hot skillet add the turmeric, curry powder, onion powder, garlic powder and ginger powder. Stir a bit to roast in the hot skillet without turning on the heat. Add to the blender.
  • Add the vinegar, tomato and oil to the blender. Blend into a very smooth paste.
  • Make the Vegetable Balti:
  • Heat the oil in a wok. Add the onions, stir-fry over high heat for a couple of minutes, then add the green peppers and mushrooms.
  • Cook over high heat, stirring frequently, for about eight to 10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked but still have some bite. Add the potatoes.
  • Add a third of the Balti sauce. Stir well, and continue to cook over medium heat for about five to seven minutes. Add salt to taste.
  • Garnish with the chopped spring onions. Serve hot.
  • Hot tip: this tastes even better the next day, when the flavors have had a chance to sit together and meld.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 1334mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 774IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 8mg