Sweet Potato Coconut Curry

There is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy in this Sweet Potato Coconut Curry! It is filled with lots of sweet potatoes, red potatoes, carrots and onions. It is sweetened by coconut milk, brown sugar and tomatoes and spiced by minced serrano, paprika, cumin, and pepper!

If you love curry as we do then you will also want to try our yellow coconut curry chicken or our homemade massaman curry

Sweet Potato curry in blue bowl

Delicious Sweet Potato Curry

I love the balance of sweet and spicy in this dish. Sweet potatoes bring the sweet and savory flavors. Along with the sweet potato, I added chunks of red potatoes, sliced carrot and lots of onion & garlic. The coconut milk, brown sugar, and tomatoes add to the sweetness and the minced serrano, paprika, cumin, and pepper help to balance it all out.

I also love, love, love, that it can be made in one big pot (although you’ll still need a cutting board, a blender and a handful of gadgets/utensils). The fewer the dishes the happier the cook. That’s a thing, right?!

I simmered everything until it was tender, then blended a few cups of it to create a thick and smooth curry. It was bursting with flavor and texture… and guess what? My husband loved it as much as I did! Ummm, I’m pretty sure in the 7 years we’ve been married I’ve never seen him go back for seconds of a dish involving sweet potatoes. 

Sweet Potato curry with coconut in ladle

How to Make Sweet Potato Curry

  • Begin with a large skillet set over medium-high heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the curry powder, paprika, and cumin, toast until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Next, add the potatoes, carrot, and onion, and stir to coat with the spiced oil. Cover and allow the vegetables to cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and chile, cook for 2 additional minutes.
  • Then, pour in the coconut milk, chicken broth, tomatoes, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Scrape the bottom to remove any browned bits, then bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until the curry thickens a bit.
  • When the potatoes are fork-tender, remove 2 cups of the mixture and pour it into a blender. Blend until smooth, then return to the pot.
  • Serve immediately with rice, garnished with chopped peanuts, cilantro, slices of pepper and coconut milk.

Crockpot version: Put all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high! 

Add some protein: If you want to bulk up this dish, try adding some thin slices of cooked chicken, tofu, chickpeas or shrimp, at the very end- it’ll be even more delicious.

Sweet Potato curry recipe in bowl

How to Store, Freeze + Reheat Sweet Potato Curry?

This soup stores very well for up to 4 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and heat up on the stovetop until heated through. Or you can also microwave until heated through.

I can’t wait to make this curry again! It’s got the right balance of flavors and the perfect amount of texture. I love how much it makes and how amazing it tastes as leftovers. Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Recipe

This one-pot sweet potato coconut curry is bursting with sweet and spicy flavor! Grab a bowl and cozy on up with this fall-inspired dish!
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 198kcal
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • pinch cumin
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes - peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 medium red potatoes - peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 carrot - peeled and sliced
  • 1 yellow onion - diced
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger - freshly minced
  • 1/2 serrano chile pepper - minced
  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk - light or full-fat
  • 1 (14 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 roma tomatoes - chopped
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper - or white pepper
Garnishes
  • cooked rice - white or brown
  • chopped peanuts
  • chopped cilantro
  • peppers - sliced
  • coconut milk

Instructions

  • In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the curry powder, paprika and cumin, toast until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the potatoes, carrot and onion, stir to coat with the spiced oil. Cover and allow the vegetables to cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and chile, cook for 2 additional minutes.
  • Pour in the coconut milk, chicken broth, tomatoes, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Scrape the bottom to remove any browned bits, then bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until the curry thickens a bit. When the potatoes are fork-tender, remove 2 cups of the mixture and pour into a blender. Blend until smooth, then return to the pot. Stir, then serve immediately with rice. Garnish with chopped peanuts, cilantro, slices of pepper and coconut milk.

Notes

-Chicken would be a great addition to this curry! Just add in some thinly sliced cooked chicken at the very end.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 724mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 12625IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg

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Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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  1. This curry recipe is so amazing! My boyfriend and I have made it probably 10+ times so far and it’s one of our favorite meals. I never comment on blogs really, but this recipe deserves the attention because it’s awesome!!

    1. We love My Thai. We tried several places and they were too fancy or the curries weren’t quite right. Skewered is a close second 🙂

  2. This looks delicious! I want to give it a shot but I’m a bit new to cooking…

    In the recipe where you state “When the potatoes are fork-tender, remove 2 cups of the mixture and pour into a blender. Blend until smooth, then return to the pot.” do you mean to blend everything together or just the curry mixture and leave the potato bits whole?

  3. This is absolutely one of my favorite recipes! I actually went searching for a sweet potato curry recipe after having a “curry salmon bowl” at a restaurant called Modern Market. I actually add a little extra chicken broth and then fully immersion blend this. Sometimes I eat it like soup. Other times I prepare it like Modern Market: wild rice, salmon, sautéed kale, and sweet potato curry sauce ALL on top! Thanks for sharing. The blend of flavors you’ve created is AMAZING.

  4. Oh my gosh!! This is incredibly delicious!! I’ve been searching for a sweet potato coconut curry recipe for a while. This recipe is easy, healthy and insanely good. I also used vegetable broth so a vegan friend could enjoy it as well. We loved it, thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    Curry is a favorite of mine. I have never used sweet potatoes in my past recipes, but I will be from now on. So amazing! Adding this to my recipe book!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve used this a couple of times now, I like to just keep the base of spices and tomatoes and then throw in whatever other veg I have in my fridge. Delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    We loved it. Healthy and tasty with just the right amount of spice. I will make this again and will add chicken next time.