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Cashew Buckwheat Curry with Garlic Kale

I know what you are thinking, another dish served in bowls.

I can’t help it; I just love it when food is served in bowls, like curries, soups, Buddha bowls, and oatmeal. Well, January is the month when you hide all the leftover cookies, cakes, and other sweets from your sight and focus on making healthy meals. This is the perfect healthy yet filling dish to make on a weekday. It’s made in one skillet and requires less than 40 minutes to prepare.

This creamy curry is lightly spiced with cumin, coriander, turmeric, and smoked paprika for a little bit of heat. The base is buckwheat groats, which are cooked in a mix of coconut milk and water.

Buckwheat is not a grain. It’s a gluten-free plant; don’t ask me why there is “wheat” in the name though. It has a soft texture, similar to arborio rice, with a nuttier flavor. This curry reminds me of risotto in terms of texture.

Curried Buckwheat with Kale

You start by making kasha, which is basically buckwheat groats that are toasted until golden brown in a skillet. Toasting the groats gives them a nuttier flavor. I usually do the same with steel-cut oats when making oatmeal. Raw cashews are toasted at the same time. They add more texture to this dish, and seriously, who doesn’t like a bit of crunch in curries?

Cashew Buckwheat Curry with Garlic Kale

Once your buckwheat groats and cashews are golden brown, you add spices for flavor, coconut sugar for a hint of sweetness and pour in the coconut milk and water. Coconut milk brings the creaminess needed to take this curry to the next level.

Curried Buckwheat with Kale

I decided to add the kale at the same time as the buckwheat groats. This makes it a lot softer and not hard to chew at all. If you don’t have kale on hand, feel free to use spinach.

Curried Buckwheat with Kale

I included the recipe for the sautéed garlic kale to serve on the side, but if you think there is already enough kale in this recipe, feel free to serve this curry as is or with roasted veggies, arugula, or your favorite greens.

Curried Buckwheat with Kale

This curry makes a delicious weeknight dinner. It’s not only nutritious and healthy, but it is also super creamy and flavorful!

Like curries? Check out this Easy Thai Green Curry or this Tempeh Kha Soi!

Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!

Cashew Buckwheat Curry with Garlic Kale
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Cashew Buckwheat Curry with Garlic Kale

4.91 from 44 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Insanely creamy buckwheat groats curry with cashews and kale. Just one skillet is required for this flavorful and comforting meal!
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 474 kcal



  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup cashews or peanuts
  • 3/4 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sriracha optional
  • 1 and 1/2 cup water add 1/2 additional cup for a more soupy curry
  • 1 and 1/2 cup kale stems removed and finely cut
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Garlic Kale

  • 3 cups kale stems removed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • salt pepper to taste



  • Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic and grated ginger. Cook until the onions become soft and just start to caramelize, about 7-8 minutes. Add the buckwheat groats and cashews to the skillet and toast them for 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly, until golden brown. Be careful not to burn them.
  • Add the coriander, cumin, turmeric, smoked paprika and coconut sugar and stir until well combined.
  • Pour in the coconut milk, soy sauce, sriracha if using and stir in the chopped kale. Cover with the water and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until the buckwheat groats are soft. You may need to add a little bit more water if too much water has evaporated. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  • Serve as is, or with the sautéed kale (or your favorite greens) on the side.
  • This curry is best served the same day but will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator.

Garlic Kale

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the kale and maple syrup and continue to cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Season with salt and pepper.


Serving: 1 g | Calories: 474 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.5 g | Protein: 10.8 g | Fat: 31.4 g | Fiber: 7.9 g | Sugar: 9.7 g
Course : Main Course
Cuisine : American
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This looks incredible! Perfect healthy comfort food and no, I will never tire of food in bowls 🙂 gorgeous photos too!

Hi! I just bought raw buckwheat groats and they are much more green than those in your picture. Would you recommend using toasted (kasha) instead? I am new to cooking with buckwheat so I’m not sure if there is a big flavour/texture difference between the two! Thanks!

Hi again, so do you recommend toasting them for this recipe or leaving them raw?

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Hi, I made this tonight and it was gorgeous. I used English spinach and served the curry on a bed of blanched broccoli, asparagus and beans along with more spinach. I added corn at my kids request which was a great addition and also added fresh red chili for my husband and myself which was super yum too. Well done! This is gorgeous! Thankyou

5 stars
I just found your blog and made this tonight and it was delicious. Thank you for sharing 🙂

This looks delightful! And your photography is lovely. Nice work!

Hi, I’m a writer with and I’d love to include a link to this recipe in one of my articles. Would it be alright if also use one of your photos? Thanks!

Great, thanks Thomas!

4 stars
Bonjour Thomas, voilà une recette qui m’intéresse beaucoup ! Est-ce que tu aurais dans tes tablettes, l’équivalent de tes ingrédients principaux en poids s’il te plait ?
Merci !

Merci Thomas, je vais me débrouiller 😉 ! Car je compte bien essayer cette recette en fin de semaine.

Délicieux ! Nous nous sommes régalés !! J’ai très légèrement bidouillé la recette. Tu pourras le voir sur Instagram.

Nice!!! Looks like a great recipe…
You think I can switch the buckwheat with quinoa!???
Can’t wait to try it

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This was a very interesting recipe. I loved the concept of buckwheat and cashews in the curry. Kale is a veggie favorite of mine. I made it last night with cashew yogurt instead of coconut milk (need to watch the saturated fat). Overall I loved it. I may exclude the soy sauce and smoked paprika and substitute a bit, but very good overall. Thanks for the interesting use of buckwheat.

I don’t see any curry in this recipe? Do you use curry powder or curry paste?

5 stars
This is amazing! I was a bit skeptical, for instance, of putting maple syrup in the side of kale (“are you even kidding me? I’ll use one tablespoon if you’re lucky”) but DANG did they come out good! This is going on my “winners and keepers” pinterest board to make again, for certain. It’s different from the usual thing, but really, really, good. Hats off!

5 stars
excellent! even satisfied the carnivores in my house. very easy o prepare. inexpensive, full of flavour – will be making this a regular in my house.

Yum! I make very similar vegan meals frequently but this combo of groats, kale and cashews is delicious. The curry flavor came out just right with the mix of spices. Not too spicy but just enough. The lemon juice gave it a nice zing. I also splashed a little coconut enzymes.
I’ll definitely make this again. Thanks!

5 stars
We made this last night, what a knock out, thanks for sharing!!

5 stars
this looks great!

5 stars
I just made this, and it’s quite delicious! It was under salted though – a couple of big pinches woke up the whole dish.

Hi there, looks yummy thinking of making this for my cooking round at my little boys school where we cook I. Turns. Question; quantity wise, how would this work out for a group of 10 seven year old kids? Thanks!

5 stars
so darn good! all the flavours complimented each other. definately a keeper! thanks for sharing

5 stars
I made your recipe yesterday night and my partner loved it ! I served it with Naan bread. Overall I haha to put some more coconut milk and water in as I felt the curry was too thick and the buckwheat was still soaking all the liquids. I also put a little more soy sauce and paprika in it.

Question: looking at the Nutrients – how many grams is one serving size approximately? And how many servings is this recipe ? Thank you

4 stars
Lovely, I would only add more heat as it is very mild. I also managed two good servings plus a small side portion from it. Will look at more of your recipes as this was my first. Thank you

Excellent recipe! Just absolutely simple to make and delish! This is our first recipe from this blog and we are hooked! I have two picky eaters and one even said he could see himself eating this dish once a week. I did add chicken to their portions, but my vegan portion was excellent, even the next day! I have referred many people to this blog…..just on this one recipe. We are trying the brussel sprout tacos tonight.

5 stars
This was delicious!!
I replaced the cashews with almonds 🙂
Thank you full of plants!

5 stars
This is one of my favorite recipes and I make it all of the time! It is quick, easy and so delicious. Thank you for sharing.

5 stars
Great recipe! I love that you used buckwheat as the base and had Soy Sauce, Coconut Milk, and Sriracha Sauce as part of the ingredients. The given herbs and spices amounts seems spot on. I made some revisions just because I eat similar savory recipes and am familiar with what to substitute. To give others some ideas, I’ll list them:

-I used Buckwheat Groats which is the non-toasted version of Kasha and it turned out great
-I also used cans of full fat coconut milk
-Pumpkin seeds instead of nuts
-Salsa could be used in place of Sriracha
-Added 1/4C Nutritional Yeast
-Added 4 oz of mushrooms

I think this recipe is great by itself or eating on top of Brown Basmati Rice or Tri-Colored Quinoa.


A delicious and simple recipe to make.And very delicious.Thank you.

5 stars
This recipe is just sooo good. Easy, full of flavour and makes good use of a not so used ingredient – buckwheat. Thank you so much!