“Hey it smells like sweet potato in here… And Curry”
Ya, it’s going to smell like curry, but you won’t be disappointed once you taste this Stunning Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry! This is a main course that is going to fill you up. This time we served it with rice, and homemade naan bread, but you can really cut out the rice, it is incredibly filling. This dish is also super healthy, as sweet potato contains 283% of your daily Vitamin A intake, along with a slew of other nutrients!
I also add spinach and snow peas to add even MORE health factor, and for colour! To me presentation is very important in my food. I am not a pro top chef, but I appreciate what they do, and I want to try to produce the best possible flavour AND appearance possible! We see with our eyes before we taste, and first impressions can be important. If something looks appealing to eat, I want to eat it! This also plays a role in getting kids to eat ‘different’ foods. I mean our kids don’t really have a choice, they eat what we give them, but I also believe that vibrant, fresh looking food is WAY more likely to be tested vs a lump of mush in a bowl…
On to the dish! First off we use the WHITE sweet potato, we call the orange ones yams here, but apparently they are just orange sweet potatoes, they change their mind weekly on this… Anyway get the white sweet potatoes, why white ones? Well they hold their shape much longer under heat, the soft orange ones will turn to a nice mashed curry… If you are into that kinda goop, well ok then… But as I explained we want people to WANT to eat our food!
Next, do yourself a favour and head to your local Asian food market to get some decent curry. Curry paste is INCREDIBLE vs powdered. Although you can get a nice jar of powdered too! Just beware that a good powdered curry you might have to keep refrigerated! I typically use both in this dish, and I use yellow curry paste for this, you can use another colour but it is going to colour the whole lot, so I think yellow works for the sweet potato colour. I guess the trick is going to be finding the appropriate heat level. Curry can be super spicy, and while I have managed to get my wife to up her Scoville tolerance a bit, it is still quite low. So I have to be careful how much of this stuff I use.
Another strange ingredient you will want to get is Tahini. Tahini is Sesame seed butter, and is the primary ingredient in Hummus (I will post my awesome hummus recipe one day soon!). You can actually use a natural peanut or almond butter in this dish INSTEAD of Tahini, but I just really love Tahini, so why not?
- 2 large White sweet potatoes
- 1 Onion
- 1 Can coconut milk (Sometimes it is good to have 2 on hand if you like it creamier)
- 1 Can of Chickpeas
- 1L chicken stock (May only need 500ml)
- 1 TBSP Yellow Curry paste
- 1 TSP Curry powder
- 2 TBSP Tahini (Peanut or Almond will work)
- 2 TBSP Frozen Orange Juice
- 1 cup chopped snow peas
- 2 cups Baby spinach
- Salt Pepper
- Chop sweet potato into 2x2 inch cubes, finely chop onion
- Preheat pan with either the fat from coconut milk, or coconut oil
- saute onion until caramelized, then add chopped sweet potato, saute
- Add 250ml (1 cup) chicken stock and bring to steady simmer
- Add curry paste and powder, mix until dissolved
- Add can of coconut milk, let strong simmer continue
- Add 250ml Chicken stock
- Add Can of Chickpeas
- Reduce liquid down, depending on how much moisture the potatoes are taking you may need to add more stock or coconut milk.
- When reduced, and potatoes are cooked through add Tahini and Orange Juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A few mins before serving add the greens and mix right into the curry
- Serve over rice, or by itself.
Even if people are scared of curry, this can be a great introduction for them! Just be sure to keep it mild enough. The kids have ended up liking this as well (Well mostly, they change their minds like the wind). But this is healthy, filling, and vegetarian as well! Enjoy!
What is your favorite Curry dish? Comment below!
Check out my Wicked Thai Soup with Wild Rice for more curry deliciousness!