This EASY one-pan potato coconut curry has so much delicious flavor! It’s healthy, plant-based comfort food that tastes AMAZING!! It’s made with both potatoes and sweet potatoes and a curry-like medley of spices (cumin, coriander, cayenne and turmeric), plus some flavour boosting favorites: onion, garlic, ginger and fresh chili. Hearty and comforting, it’s also naturally vegan and gluten-free. AND it makes fantastic leftovers!
Simple, healthy and so delicious
So if you’re trying to make more meatless meals, this is a definite winner. And actually the inspiration for this one-pan potato coconut curry came from my Spicy Coconut Chicken Skillet recipe. In this vegetarian/vegan version, potatoes and tomatoes are a sure win for adding that delicious umami flavor that amplified with the right mix of spices and other ingredients. The end result? A super simple one-pot meal that will please a crowd. I think you’re going to love it.
How to adapt this potato coconut curry recipe
I personally love the mix of regular potatoes with sweet potatoes, but I am pretty sure you could get away with only using potatoes or simply a 3:1 ratio. You could also add in some oven-roasted cauliflower or a can of chickpeas. Chickpeas are a great choice if you want to add some plant-based protein or want to enjoy as a pure one-pot main. I really enjoy this dish on its own as it is, but it also is great served over a little steamed rice (totally optional).
Looking for other curry inspiration?
Then try one of these delicious curry and curry-inspired recipes:
- Vegan Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew with Tofu
- Cauliflower and Potato Curry with Chickpeas
- Sweet Potato Peanut Stew with Coconut & Spinach
- Curry-Coconut-Lentil Soup with Sweet Potato
One-Pan Potato Coconut Curry with Spinach
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 small yellow onions, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated peeled ginger
- 1 fresh red chili pepper, membranes and seeds removed, and thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 500 g potatoes, peeled and diced (1,5 cm)
- 500 g sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (1,5 cm)
- 1 x 400 g can organic chopped tomatoes
- 2 cups vegetable broth (500 ml)
- 1 x 400 ml can organic coconut milk
- 3-4 generous handfuls baby spinach (100 g)
Heat the olive oil in the large, deep skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the onion, ginger, chili peppers, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until onion is tender. Add the spices, saute for 1 minute.
Add potatoes and sweet potatoes. Then stir in the tomato sauce, broth and coconut milk. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Cover and reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
Finally add the spinach and simmer until wilted (1 minute). Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if desired.
Serve on its own, with rice or flatbread. Enjoy!
- I have also made this with a small sweet red pepper, instead of fresh chili. Finely chop the red pepper and add it along with the onion in step 1.
- This makes excellent leftovers for a number of days. So it’s a great choice for meal planning. (Store up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator).
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I made a version with what I had on hand (most of the ingredients from the recipe,) also adding lentils and some Thai curry paste. The finished product was delicious, served over rice. Glad I found your page and this recipe!
Thank you Karen! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. 🙂