5 Ingredient Coconut Curry

Coconut curry with broccoli and chickpeas and a creamy coconut curry sauce in a white bowl.

Moped or no moped?

{Dear confused reader, that is mo-ped, like motorcycle, like fun on wheels. Wheeeeeeee!}

Filipino cultural assimilation is in full force as we ask ourselves the biggest question yet: are we going to purchase, drive, and care for our very own moped for the next 11 months?

Pro-moped thoughts:

  1. Everyone else does it.
  2. The other 5 people drive a scooter or motorcycle or bike taxi.
  3. I could get to the grocery store and back in less than 3 hours.
  4. We could drive to the mall.  Beep beep.
  5. I would no longer need to squish myself onto the bench/laps of people on the Jeepney.
  6. My shoes wouldn’t have “mud” all over them.
  7. It will be the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
  8. I wouldn’t have to decide what to say/who to look at/where to hide/what facial expression to use when people shout friendly things at me while I’m walking home.  Social stress.
  9. I wouldn’t have to see dead cats on the road while walking home.
  10. I wouldn’t have to walk, period.

Anti-moped thoughts:

  1. Death.
  2. Injury.
  3. Fights over who gets to drive it.
  4. #3 was a lie because I would obviously not drive – the traffic situation here is similar to a blindfolded three ring circus, and the last thing anyone needs is me pretending to know what I’m doing, on a moped, weaving in and out between roosters and Jeepneys and stray dogs.  Which goes back to #1.
  5. Me not driving.


Coconut curry with broccoli and chickpeas and a creamy coconut curry sauce in a white bowl.

Oh, hi coconut curry.

You came together so fast and I was talking so much about mopeds that I almost forgot you existed.

But then I smelled your delicious coconutiness and saw your creamy, spicy sauce that reminded me of a delicious mashup of Indian curry and Thai curry… And then I shared you with the world, because maybe someone else likes 5 ingredient recipes as much as I do.

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5 Ingredient Coconut Curry


This 5-ingredient coconut curry has broccoli and chickpeas and a creamy coconut curry sauce that comes together super fast.


  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 small heads broccoli (and/or other veggies of choice)
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water
  • optional: minced garlic or onion


  1. Saute broccoli (and onion/garlic if you’re using it) in a tablespoon of oil. After a few minutes, add the coconut milk and let simmer for 5-8 minutes. The broccoli should soften but still be tender-crisp.
  2. Add the curry paste to the pan and whisk it until it combines with the coconut milk. Add the chickpeas.
  3. Bring to a slight boil and add the cornstarch. Boil for about a minute, then reduce heat and let cool slightly. Sauce will thicken as the mixture cools.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired

Keywords: coconut curry, curry recipe, vegan curry, broccoli recipe

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Dear wise reader, please tell us to get a moped.

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