January 31, 2022| By

Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
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Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry is a rich coconut curry broth enhanced with vibrant spices and veggies for a nutritious, protein-packed meal. You will not miss the meat in this flavorful Thai and Indian-inspired vegetarian recipe!

If you are looking for recipes with similar flavor notes then you should definitely check out my Peanut Curry Braised Ribs and my Honey Za'atar Chicken with Chickpeas.

sweet potato chickpea curry in a bowl on top of a cutting board

If I had to summarize Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry, I would describe it as healthy comfort food. The warm flavor of curry with the added creaminess of coconut milk feels like a cozy hug in the middle of winter.

Sweet potatoes add a new twist to this classic curry dish and make it even more satisfying. And there are few vegetables I crave more in the cooler months than sweet potatoes!

curry in a bowl with a spoon

This easy Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry is also super convenient. If you are on a budget or need to meal prep, this is an ideal option for either lunch or dinner. It is also versatile; throw whatever vegetables you have on hand into this recipe and jazz it up with spices already in your pantry!

It is a simple chickpea curry dish that is layered with complex flavors and is ready in no time.

sweet potato chickpea curry in a pot with a ladle

key ingredients for sweet potato chickpea curry

  • Aromatics: Build flavor by sautéing onion and garlic with olive oil until softened.
  • Spices: Garam masala is the main flavor component. It is a spice blend commonly used in Indian cuisine. If you can not find it, make it by combining whole spices like cinnamon, mace, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and cardamon pods. Toast them in a pan then ground it into a powder.
  • Red Curry paste: A versatile base for Thai dishes. This can be substituted with dried spices if necessary.
  • Ginger: I reccomend fresh ginger for a depth of flavor but ground ginger will work in a pinch.
  • Tomatoes: Complementary to the garbonzo beans, tomatoes add a freshness. Without them, you risk having a chickpea curry that tastes plain.
  • Sweet potatoes: This curry dish just begs for vegetables. I chose sweet potatoes because they are as delicious as they are nutritous!
  • Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans: An essential part of this recipe, these beans make for a filling meal. It adds texture and fiber to the recipe. Be sure to drain and rinse them before use.
  • Coconut milk: Adds creaminess to the broth and mellows the spiciness of the curry paste.
  • Vegetable stock: Ensures the broth is not too thick.
  • Heavy cream: This is an optional inclusion that adds more creaminess to the curry.
a bowl with soup and naan

what to serve with sweet potato chickpea curry

This dish is great as a stand-alone but if you want to add a little something extra, I have some tasty suggestions.

  • My Rosemary Garlic Butter Naan would pair perfectly dipped in this curry. The naan is coated generously in garlic and herbs and tastes far better than any store-bought variety.
  • A grain topped with Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry would be yummy! Serve the curry over jasmine or brown rice. Quinoa or rice noodles would be great too!
  • Another option would be to add a portion of leftover chickpea curry to a power bowl, served cold alongside other grains, proteins and vegetables.
two bowls of curry with rice and naan

cooking tips

  • Do not stir raw spices into the curry. Instead toast them in oil with the onions and garlic.
  • Use full fat coconut milk instead of light coconut milk for full bodied flavor and texture.
  • If you are not a fan of tomatos, swap them for pumpkin puree or something similiar. The taste will be slightly different but the silky texture will be the same.
  • At the tail end of cooking, use limes to brighten up the flavor.

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry is a rich coconut curry broth enhanced with vibrant spices and veggies for a nutritious, protein-packed meal. You will not miss the meat in this flavorful Thai and Indian-inspired vegetarian recipe!
Serving: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Calories: 402kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala 
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • ½ tsp Chili powder 
  • 1 tbsp Red curry paste
  • 6 oz Tomato paste, can
  • 29 oz Chickpeas/garbanzo beans, can
  • 13.5 oz Coconut milk, can
  • 28 oz Crushed tomatoes, can
  • 1 cup Vegetable stock
  • 2 Sweet potatoes, cubed (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 3 tbsps Heavy cream, optional
  • Olive oil

Directions

  • Drizzle olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle with a dash of salt.
  • Add garam masala, ginger, chili powder, red curry paste, and tomato paste. Continue to cook for 4-5 minutes, until everything has thickened.
  • Add chickpeas, coconut milk, crushed tomatoes, vegetable stock, and sweet potatoes to the pot and stir together. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in heavy cream, optional. Serve with rice and my rosemary garlic butter naan. 

Nutrition

Calories: 402kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Thai Inspired

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  1. Awesome...I Love Chickpeas with Sweet Potatoes will definitely bw making. Thank.You for sharing. God Bless!!!