Sweet Potato, Chickpeas & Spinach Curry

by Kiran on January 21, 2014 · 45 comments

in Curries, Indian, Vegetarian

Hi friends!!

I just realized this would be my 2nd post in 2014!! Oh my. Only two posts and January is already escaping. Time flies. Though, this can’t be said about the weather.

Its ridiculous to complain about Florida weather now when we are so blessed in comparison to other places where it is still snowing. I’ll try my best to keep the complains to a minimal 😉

Sweet Potato, Chickpeas & Spinach Curry | KiranTarun.com

Returning from Malaysia to Florida this time proved to be a huge challenge. Never have I ever thought I would utter this sentence — It was a nightmare touching down in Miami without a winter jacket.

Dipping temperature + coupled with strong winds — winter jacket = unhappy traveler.

Sweet Potato, Chickpeas & Spinach Curry | KiranTarun.com

So friends, always be prepared when it comes to weather. Always. Even while traveling from the tropics. You have to, since the chill doesn’t end till you reach home.

Home that was left so cold. For 2 months. Brrr…..

Sweet Potato, Chickpeas & Spinach Curry | KiranTarun.com

Its simply time to make some curry. Especially when you can’t seem to find enough warmth in those boots, scarves, jackets and layers.

Sweet Potato, Chickpeas & Spinach Curry | KiranTarun.com

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  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1.5 tbsp harissa
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 6 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1 very ripe tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves

Whole spices:

  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole green cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 green chilies, slitted


  1. In a small blender, add chopped onion, ginger and garlic paste. Blend into a paste. Add very little water (if needed) to aid in blending.
  2. Heat a deep vessel on medium-high. Add coconut oil and wait until it heats before adding all of the whole spices. Stir and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  3. Add blended onion paste and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until paste is lightly colored, fragrant, thickens and oil separates on the sides.
  4. Stir in harrisa and curry powder. Cook for 1 minute before adding diced sweet potatoes, coconut milk and salt.
  5. Once curry thickens, add hot water, tomato wedges and cooked chickpeas. Bring the curry to a simmer, lower the heat to medium-low and put on the lid. Cook curry for 15 minutes or until oil separates on the sides.
  6. Remove curry from heat. Throw in 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves, stir and serve hot with rice and chapati.


Sweet Potato, Chickpeas & Spinach Curry | KiranTarun.com

On a pleasant note, it’s great to be able to slip on winter clothing’s and boots. Have a pleasant and warm week ahead, friends. We are still in the defrosting mode 🙂

Where are you? Is it freakishly chilly or warm? 

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1 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com January 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Kiran – this curry is so thick and full of goodness! It would be so good to sit down to this scrumptious and healthy bowl-anytime!

This winter has been brutal – all I can say is I cannot wait for spring – and if I ever complain about the heat this summer, you have my permission to throw a bowl of this curry at me (make sure you aim it so most of it lands near my mouth)! 🙂
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2 Rosa January 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

A delicious dish! Very healthy and tasty.




3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Yes please to curry with sweet potatoes!
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4 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ January 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

ahaha defrosting mode! Now I wonder, I cold can it be in Miami? Maybe I should ask you: how cold compared to Malaysia… ?
p.s. I’m smitten with your curry, simply stunning, I bet super delicious.
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5 Shema | LifeScoops January 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Lovely recipe and pictures as always… I can eats bowls n bowls of this curry!!
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6 Joyti January 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

We’re having NO winter in California – sounds a bit similar to your Florida winter – but I want winter. Cold and snuggling into sweaters and blankets, that sort of thing, I love it.

The curry sounds delicious!


7 Choc Chip Uru January 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Such a delicious curry my friend, there is something so utterly warming about the spinach and kumara combination 😀

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8 Lizzy (Good Things) January 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Kiran, your photographs are so beautiful…. and the food looks very appetising… a great recipe, thank you so much for sharing! Pinned.
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9 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health January 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM

im always up for curry esp if it involves chickpeas..stay warm dear.
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10 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 21, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Oh yes, I am definitely going to be making this soon! I could eat curries all winter long. 🙂
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11 Katie @ Produce on Parade January 21, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Incredible photography! This looks delicious by the way. Yummy!!


12 My Kitchen Stories January 21, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Looks just so delicious and the colours beautiful. Its a bit of a shock going from Malaysia back home to those temperatures .Poor you
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13 Raymund January 22, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Ohhh I love how you served that on coconut husk!
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14 Kathryn January 22, 2014 at 5:45 AM

Such a lovely warming dish, full of such great spices.
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15 Kelly January 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Welcome back Kiran! My parents are in Florida now and told me it has been chillier than usual too. A bowl of this hot curry sounds wonderful and would definitely help warm up from the cold temperatures 🙂 I love the sweet potatoes and chickpeas in here – looks amazing!
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16 Monica January 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Many delicious things altogether here! It looks so good, I want to dive right in. Welcome back!
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17 cquek January 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

This looks fabulous.


18 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking January 22, 2014 at 11:11 PM

What a gorgeous, hearty curry, Kiran! I bet the aroma of this simmering is just incredible.
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19 Judit & Corina @WineDineDaily January 23, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Oh Kiran, this curry looks super delicious and beautiful! Love the colors. Sorry to hear about your Florida weather, here in Santa Barbara we had for a few days warmer temperatures then in summer.
Stay warm 🙂
J & C
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20 Carolyn Chan January 23, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Gosh that curry must be a welcome warmer in the cold weather you are experiencing up North ! It’s actually unusually cold in Singapore (it’s still 29C haha) and curries are always good anyway 🙂
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21 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I love curries…I can already picture myself eating a bowl of this vegetarian one on a cold day!
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22 Ash-foodfashionparty January 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Welcome back Kiran. I totally understand coming back to a cold home is not fun especially after having so much fun back with family.
This curry looks so good and rich. Perfect cold weather food.


23 sippitysup January 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

It’s so warm we’re eating chili! GREG
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24 Mallika January 24, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Oh Kiran, I love those last 2 photographs. They are stunning. Soup looks inviting and hope it helps you keep warm during these cold days.
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25 Radhika Vasanth January 24, 2014 at 3:29 PM

When I first landed in US without winter shoes and jackets I felt I have come to a wrong place. It was freezing and I couldn’t wait to reach our new apartment. But then I have got used to this over years. Still this winter has been the most craziest I have seen.

This curry looks very comforting and delicious.
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26 John@Kitchen Riffs January 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

This is a terrific looking curry! And I have all the ingredients on hand. 😉 Our weather today is about 50 degrees F. Tomorrow? Zero! Brrrr. Weird winter thus far.
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27 laurasmess January 27, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I LOVE that half-coconut bowl! So gorgeous! What a beautiful, nutritious curry Kiran. I am in love with legumes at the moment (who am I kidding, I mean, ALWAYS) so this chickpea goodness automatically jumps into the ‘must make’ category. Yum! And yep, I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by…! xxx
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28 Amy @ Elephant Eats January 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Curry during the colder months is the best! So comforting and delicious. Yours looks totally yummy, Kiran 🙂


29 rika@vm January 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Congratulations on the 2nd post in 2014! And I know… January is nearly flying by quickly, just in 2 days! Oh no about the weather in Miami…I was there few years ago and I remembered it was so sticky, humid and hot and I didn’t bring proper summer clothes! How long will you be in Florida for? Stunning curry….love the harissa ingredient, whoohoo, I’m obsessed with it!


30 simi February 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

This is my kind of curry, love the texture and believe it or not, I can smell it right here in the midwest 😉
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31 nita February 7, 2014 at 7:29 AM

Hi Kiran,

I was not feeling very well last night and suggested to my husband to cook using your recipe. Both, he and my daughter had a fantastic time doing the cooking using your recipe and both of were so proud with the end result. your recipe was easy to follow by both and it was also very delicious.

Thank you from a very grateful wife and mom. will let them try your other recipe next.


32 fernando August 27, 2015 at 9:51 AM



33 Beca November 19, 2015 at 6:34 PM

thank you so much for this lovely recipe! I have made it several times now- sometimes even subbing pumpkin and kale for the potato and spinach. The spice mix is perfect.


34 Hannah S January 24, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Hi! How many servings does this make?


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