Vegan sweet potato curry

Vegan sweet potato curry

vegan sweet potato curry

How are you holding up, guys? I hope that the festive period has not taken too much of a toll on you? Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Are they sticking? My main resolution is to take better care of my mental health. I’ve stuck to running 4 times a week (unfortunately 5 may have proved to be a bit too ambitious) and that consistency has had a massive impact on my mood already, so I am motivated to keep going.

It does feel tough at times, like today when the temperature outside feels like just above freezing and it takes good 10 minutes of running before I don’t feel cold anymore, but the benefits outweigh the negatives, so I am sold on it.

Apart from a few blips that have been caused by real life stuff, I have been feeling good and managed to keep depression at bay for a while now. I still get anxious though – mostly in the morning and in middle of the night when I sometimes wake up with a looming sense of dread, even though there is nothing dreadful going on.

It’s just my imagination going wild on me, coming up with the most insane scenarios that aren’t at all believable when I am not in the midst of an anxiety attack. It’s so weird. So my resolution is to get better at doing yoga and meditating daily to quiet my overactive mind, instead of wasting my time on social media, which actually makes me feel a lot worse. I’m sure many of you can relate?

If there are any new vegans out there reading this post, I wanted to say ‘hi! I’m so glad you’ve decided to give it a go’ and welcome you with a pot of heart warming sweet potato and cauliflower curry! It’s easy to make, delicious and filling.

This curry features one of my favourite vegetables (I mean, it is pretty hard to choose as I genuinely love them all) – sweet potato, which according to Dr Greger might be one of the healthiest and cheapest sources of nutrition (full video here). It contains a unique type of protein called sporamin that suppresses cancer cell growth, cancer cell migration and invasion. That’s a pretty sweet deal, given how good it happens to taste too!

vegan sweet potato curry plating

vegan sweet potato curry portion

15 min
60 min
15 min
60 min
  • 2 tbsp / 30 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 10 dry (or fresh ones if you can find them) curry leaves
  • 1 small onion, diced finely
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced finely
  • thumb-size piece of ginger, grated finely (about 4 tsp grated)
  • 2 fresh red chillies, sliced (deseeded if you want to make it milder)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp garam masala
  • 3 tsp mild curry powder
  • 400 ml / 14 oz can of plum tomatoes
  • approx. 225 g / 8 oz cauliflower (1 small head)
  • approx. 450 g / 1 lb sweet potato (2 small)
  • 400 ml / 14 oz coconut milk
  • 1½ tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • a good grind of black pepper
  • 1 heaped tsp tamarind paste (or lime juice, to taste)
  • fresh coriander, to serve
  • chopped roasted cashews, to serve
  1. Heat up the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot.
  2. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Stir them into the oil and allow them to heat up until the mustard seeds start to crackle.
  3. Once mustard seeds have been crackling for a few seconds, add the diced onion and fry it on a low heat until almost translucent (for about 5-7 minutes), stirring from time to time.
  4. Next add in diced garlic, ginger and chilli. Keep on frying gently for a few more minutes until fragrant, stirring the whole time as they burn easily.
  5. Add all of the dry spices to the onion / garlic / ginger / chilli mix and stir them around for a few seconds, making sure they don’t burn – if the pan gets too dry, add a splash of water.
  6. Stir in canned tomatoes gently (so that they don’t burst and splatter) squashing them with a fork once they are in the pan.
  7. Next, add in about 480 ml / 2 cups of water.
  8. Cover the pot and allow the sauce to come to a gentle simmer. Simmer on a low heat until the tomatoes fall apart and the sauce becomes more uniform, without large tomato chunks in it.
  9. While the sauce is simmering, chop up cauliflower into florets and cube the sweet potato.
  10. Mix in coconut milk.
  11. Season with salt, black pepper and tamarind (or lime juice).
  12. Put the cubed sweet potato into the sauce and cover the pot. Allow it to simmer gently in the sauce for about 10 minutes.
  13. Add cauliflower florets to the sauce and allow them to simmer for about 5-6 minutes. You could also roast the cauliflower in the oven for that nice char – to do so, coat it in 2 tsp of oil and roast it for about 20 minutes at 200° C / 390° F.
  14. Serve on top of rice (or with a vegan naan) garnished with fresh coriander and chopped roasted cashews.

If you can, allow the curry flavours to develop overnight as it always tastes better the day after it has been made. If you are making this dish a day in advance, I recommend not cooking the vegetables until just before serving.

10 g
22 g
15 g
6 g
30 g
*per serving
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5 reviews, 5 comments
This is delicious! It was a little on the watery side so rice is definitely a must in my opinion. Thanks for the recipe! Also the smell while cooking was intoxicating!
    Glad you enjoyed it, Alice! As for your comment about it being on the watery side, it sounds like it needed reducing for a bit longer. It's really hard for me to be precise with regards to instructions on how long to reduce for as the evaporation rate depends on so many factors (intensity of heat, size of the pan etc.) so you need to go by feel and do it to the level you find right. Hope this helps! Ania
Virtually every recipe I use is from your site and this curry is by far my favourite! Even my partner loves it and she's not vegan! Thank you!!
    Aw, thanks so much, Thomas! That is so lovely to hear that you enjoy many of my recipes! Thanks for letting me know! Ania
I make loads of things of your site (my go to for new recipes!) and just made this for dinner tonight - SO good! Looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow too. Thank you!
    Thank you, Karen! I am so delighted to hear that! And yes, curry leftovers are the best!! Ania
I made this yesterday and left it for 24 hours to allow the flavours to deepen and develop. We ate it tonight and I have to say it's absolutely delicious. A great recipe! Definitely 5 stars!
Thank you Anita x
    Thanks, Derek, that's great to hear! Ania
Ooo, this looks very yummy and perfect for these cold winter days. Ania, are you familiar with Eckhart Tolle and his book "The Power of Now"? I have found it very helpful for dealing with the very mental experiences you describe. You can actually find the entire book on Youtube read by the author, as well as many other videos by him that have helped me very much.
    Thanks, Julia! I hope you'll enjoy this curry if you decide to make it. And thanks for your suggestion, that's really kind of you. I am familiar with him, I actually have this very book on my Kindle, but somehow I've only managed to get about 30% through it last time. I might give it another go, thanks for reminding me! Ania
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