Sweet Potato Curry

It was a mini Ready Steady Cook challenge. My ingredients consisted of a large sweet potato, a white onion, plus tinned tomatoes and a can of coconut milk from my store cupboard and a wide selection of spices on the shelf.


A sweet potato curry was the answer!

Sweet Potato Curry

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 medium sweet potatoes (or 2 large / 4 small)
250 grams tinned chopped tomatoes
400 ml coconut milk
1/2 inch piece ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon hot chilli powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons coriander powder
1/5 teaspoons good quality garam masala
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper, to season

Note: Cheaper brands of garam masala tend to bulk out more expensive spices such as cardamom, cloves and cinnamon with cheaper ones such as cumin and coriander. It’s easy to make your own garam masala – here’s my mum’s recipe.


  • Heat vegetable oil in a pan and fry onion until soft.
  • Add ginger, garlic, chilli and spices and cook for another minute, stirring continuously so spices don’t catch.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes and coconut milk and mix well.
  • Once thoroughly combined, add the diced sweet potato and cook on a medium heat until the potato is cooked through; test with a skewer or fork after about 20 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from the heat, add the spinach and stir in until wilted.
  • Serve over basmati rice.


The curry was tasty – I really enjoyed the combination of sweet potatoes and Indian spices.

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12 Comments to "Sweet Potato Curry"

  1. Gill Bland

    That’s one of the shortest recipes I’ve seen in a long time! Those just add tubes look really useful. I never have the right spices in to make curries so these would solve that. Also, I’m glad to know that even someone of your experience gets to the end of a recipe and realises they’ve forgotten to put one of the ingredients in. I’ve done that so many times.


    All the time, I’m not a particularly advanced or uber cook, just someone who likes to EAT!

  2. Glynis

    I have all these ingredients in the kitchen, and as the weather has cooled slightly think it will make a lovely meal this evening. I’ll let you know how it goes -and will try to remember the spinach leaves too!

    I’m also planning a ‘Curry for Change’ evening with a few vegetarians attending so will add this to the menu if it is successful.

  3. Frida

    Just made this and it’s soo good! I ate it with quiona and some bread. Really tasty.


    Thats lovely to hear, thank you so much taking the time to come back and let me know!


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