Kanchan Koya’s Sleep-Supporting Curry

By Ashley Kennedy

Kanchan Koya | June 2023


A Curry to Support Sleep  

Kanchan Koya is a paid partner. All opinions and text are her own.  


  • 4 servings


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger 
  • 8-10 curry leaves 
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bottom 4 inches sliced into rings 
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of turmeric 
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms of choice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 cups cooked white beans (canned are fine)
  • 1/2 cup rinsed and drained quinoa
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1.5 cups coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 2 cups of watercress (or baby spinach)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro   


  • Heat the avocado oil on a medium-high flame until simmering
  • Add the red onion and sauté for 3 minutes until translucent 
  • Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a minute
  • Add the curry leaves, sliced lemongrass stalks, and turmeric and sauté for a minute 
  • Add the sliced carrots, celery, and mushrooms with large pinches of salt and pepper and sauté to coat with the spice mixture 
  • Add the white beans and quinoa along with the vegetable stock and stir to combine 
  • Cover, reduce the flame to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes until the quinoa is translucent and softened 
  • Add in the coconut milk and stir to combine and gently bubble 
  • Add the cayenne and adjust the salt to taste 
  • Ladle the curry into a bowl, add a handful of watercress, a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice, and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro, and dig in. 

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