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Nightshade-Free AIP Curry

A quick and easy recipe for nightshade-free AIP curry. This low-inflammatory curry is perfect for those who are sensitive to nightshades, as well as those who eat a whole food, paleo, or keto diet. Recipe includes a Low-FODMAP option.

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry made without chilis, bell peppers, or tomatoes. A Thai curry recipe for those who follow AIP, a whole food diet, paleo, or keto | #glutenfree #AIP #paleo

Curry is a big, big deal in my life.

I make it frequently, eat it frequently, and get a kick out of experimenting with new flavors, easier methods, and seasonal produce.

Just take a dive into my Curry archives to see all sorts of seasonally-inspired curry options, both Thai and Indian, vegetarian and protein-packed!

While nothing beats a great authentic Thai curry, I have been meaning to develop nightshade-free AIP curry recipes for ages

I had a reader request a nightshade-free version of the Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala I recently posted.

Indeed, I fully intend to deliver; however, I wanted to tap the curry first.

First things first. Let’s define both nightshades and AIP.

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry made without chilis, bell peppers, or tomatoes. A Thai curry recipe for those who follow AIP, a whole food diet, paleo, or keto | #glutenfree #AIP #paleo

What are Nightshades?

Nightshades include tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, chilies (both fresh and dried into spices), and eggplant. They contain a compound called glycoalkaloids which make them tough on your stomach and GI, also causing organ and joint inflammation.

If you have an autoimmune disease or gut issues such as IBS or leaky gut, you may notice a sensitivity to nightshades.

Since those with autoimmune disease or gut problems already have a difficult time managing systemic inflammation, it is best to steer clear of nightshades to avoid any excess irritation or flares.

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry made without chilis, bell peppers, or tomatoes. A Thai curry recipe for those who follow AIP, a whole food diet, paleo, or keto | #glutenfree #AIP #paleo

What is AIP?

AIP is the Autoimmune Protocol, which is a very strict low-inflammatory diet designed for those with severe autoimmune inflammatory symptoms.

Those with autoimmune diseases often find relief in consuming a very low-inflammatory diet. AIP eliminates grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, legumes, nightshades, nuts, seeds, and coffee.

While I don’t have severe autoimmune symptoms, I do notice a sensitivity to nightshades, particularly potatoes and tomatoes.

For this reason, I reserve my nightshades for those instances that really count, which for me means one thing: Thai curry. I typically avoid all nightshades, save for the one or two evenings a month I go out for curry with friends.

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry made without chilis, bell peppers, or tomatoes. A Thai curry recipe for those who follow AIP, a whole food diet, paleo, or keto | #glutenfree #AIP #paleo

How to Make Nightshade-Free AIP Curry:

Having had some readers request more AIP recipes, I figured it would make a ton of sense to take my favorite nightshade-full meal and make it nightshade-free.

What we have here is a curry recipe that contains no tomatoes, bell pepper, chilis, or cumin.

A typical curry includes a variety of fresh or dried chilis, cumin, and sometimes bell pepper.

We replace the nightshades with coconut aminos, some extra turmeric and ginger, fresh lime juice, and cinnamon.

Trust me, it is shocking how authentically curry-like this recipe tastes!

Serve it up with cauliflower rice, your favorite riced vegetable (try my Turnip Fried Rice  or Cauliflower Fried Rice), or regular rice (if you do grains) and enjoy!

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Nightshade-Free AIP Curry

Yield: 3 to 4 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nightshade-Free AIP Curry is an anti-inflammatory curry recipe perfect for those looking to boost their immune system.



  1. Pour 1/4 cup of the coconut milk into a large skillet and heat to medium. Add the ginger and garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. 
  2. Add the carrots and broccoli and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies have softened but are still al dente, about 3 minutes.
  3. Heat a small amount of coconut oil or avocado oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped chicken. Brown the chicken, stirring occasionally, until a great deal of liquid comes out, about 5 minutes. You don't need to cook the chicken all the way through - you're simply cooking out the liquid. Strain the liquid from the chicken, then add the chicken to the skillet with the vegetables.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients (including the rest of the coconut milk)  except for the lime wedges and basil to the skillet with the vegetables and chicken. Stir well and bring to a full boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 15 minutes, then uncover and continue cooking another 8 to 10 minutes, until curry has thickened and chicken is cooked through.
  5. Taste curry for flavor and add sea salt to taste. Serve with choice of cauliflower rice or other riced vegetables or regular rice. Garnish with lime wedges and basil.


*Be sure to get coconut milk without any added gums/emulsifiers to keep this recipe AIP

**For Low-FODMAP, omit the garlic and use 1 bunch of broccolini instead of broccoli.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 of 4
Amount Per Serving Calories 418Total Fat 22gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 11gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 31g
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Lorna Baldwin

Thursday 19th of January 2023

Am about to make this recipe for a friend. I don’t understand how the veggies don’t get over cooked? We like ours al dente….


Thursday 19th of January 2023

Hi Lorna! You can add the veggies in at the end and cook them for about 5 minutes if you'd like to keep them al dente :)


Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

Question; do you cook the squash with the carrots and broccoli or is it added in with the rest of the ingredients at the end?


Thursday 4th of August 2022

Hi Liz! The zucchini doesn't take very long to cook, so it is added at the end with the rest of the ingredients :) Hope you enjoy! xoxox


Monday 6th of June 2022

I just made this and finished a huge bowl. It's sooooo gooood. I did have to use balsamic vinegar instead it coconut aminos because I didn't realize I'd run out (and also balsamic vinegar doesn't bother me). I am definitely looking forward to making this again, and *with* coconut aminos. ^_^


Tuesday 7th of June 2022

I'm so thrilled to hear you enjoy it, Alexandra! Thanks so much for swinging back around to leave your sweet note! xoxox


Friday 11th of March 2022

Hi, I am just wondering why you eliminated the cumin - is this considered a nightshade?


Sunday 13th of March 2022

Hi Erin!

Cumin is a seed, which is why it is eliminated on AIP. ;) Many folks tolerate cumin just fined though, so if you find it works with your system, you can always add some to the curry.

Kelly C

Monday 28th of February 2022

Do you use canned coconut milk or the kind in the refrigerated section?


Monday 28th of February 2022

Hi Kelly, When canned coconut milk is separated, I stir it before adding it. The easiest way to do this is to transfer the contents of the can to a jar and stir it. If it's still giving you trouble, you can always microwave it for a few seconds in the microwave :) Hope that helps!

Kelly C

Monday 28th of February 2022

@Kelly C, nevermind! I just saw canned 🤦🏼‍♀️ But whenever I get it, it’s solidified. Do you mix it first or heat it so it isn’t clumpy?

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