Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry

October 22, 2023mayurisjikoni
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Recipe: Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry

Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry is a healthy, mildly spiced, gluten free, vegan curry that is made in a jiffy. A totally different kind of curry from the normal curries that well known in the Indian Cuisine. A few every day pantry ingredients and the curry comes together within 30 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, green chillis according to your taste. I find this curry is well received and thoroughly enjoyed by my non Indian friends.

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Renu who blogs at Cook With Renu suggested we make a snack, sweet or main dish for Diwali. Right now it is a bit too early for me to think of something sweet, as Diwali is almost a month away. However, decided to redo my Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry for the theme as that is definitely on the menu when I host a Diwali lunch on 12th Nov.

Diwali is on that day. My son, his partner and her grandmother will be joining us for lunch. The grandmother has not tasted any Indian dish which is surprising as these days Indian Restaurants are almost in all cities and towns and Frozen Ready Indian Meals are available in most supermarkets. She is open to tasting Indian food, so have planned to use her favourite..sweet potato.

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Group Blogging Marathon

I had first prepared Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry for the Blogging Marathon theme Healthy Weekday Lunches. I’d posted this recipe on 24/06/2017. After that prepared it several times but using the the purple skinned ones that are commonly available in Kenya. These sweet potatoes tend be sweet and the flesh is white.

Had to try out the curry with the orange fleshed sweet potatoes that I get in  Magog. Must say the curry tastes divine and not so sweet. I find the orange sweet potatoes are less sweeter than the white ones.

For the Healthy Weekday Lunches theme I wanted to make my followers aware that not all Indian Curries are rich with lots of spices, oil/ghee and cream. Our every day curries tend to be lighter, both spice and fat wise. The other reason I use to make this curry often was because my daughter would take packed lunch from home. And this curry was what she enjoyed as it did not make her feel sleepy and lethargic.

Republished this recipe with updated write up and photos on 22/10/2023

A Bit About Sweet Potatoes

Did you know that sweet potato is ever so healthy? They are a good source of Vitamins A, B6. C and D.   Sweet potatoes also contain iron and are a good source of essential minerals like magnesium, potassium. Sweet potato is good for diabetics. The natural sweetness is slowly released into the bloodstream that ensures a balanced and regular source of energy. They also are a good source of fiber which helps in digestion.

Did you know that Sweet Potato and Potato are not from the same family? Though both grow under the ground they are different.  Potatoes belong to the nightshade family while sweet potatoes are from the morning glory family. Sweet potato skins can be yellow, purple, brown or white. The flesh can be white, orange or purple.


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Ingredients Required For Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry

Sweet Potato

Peeled and cut into small cubes. Take a sweet potato that is about 500g or chopped about 2½ cups. Add the chopped sweet potato to a bowlful of water till required. This prevents it from oxidizing and turning dark brown or black.


Use canned or dried variety. If you use dried chickpeas, you need to soak them overnight in warm water. Drain out the water, wash the chickpeas and cook them in the pressure cooker (3 whistles) or the Instant Pot (pressure cook) or in a saucepan. Drain out the water and use the chickpeas for the curry.

Coconut Milk

I used canned coconut milk. Can use the lite or normal one.


Red, white or yellow. Peeld and finely chopped. Need a medium sized onion or about 1 cup chopped.


Peel and mince.


Scrape the skin with a serrated knife and finely chop or grate.


Green Chillis

Paste or finely chopped. If you don’t get fresh Indian Green Chillis use jalapeno or serrano. Be careful, they too can be hot.

Cumin Seeds

Jeera, jiru.Easily available online or in any Indian Grocery Shop.


Can use any oil of your choice. Can use coconut oil if you want to. I used sunflower oil.

Turmeric Powder

haldi, hardar. It is easily available in the supermarkets, online or in an Indian Store.

Garam Masala

Easily available online or in any Indian Shop.

Fresh Mint or Coriander

For this curry I love to add mint as it adds a lot of refreshing flavour.

Lemon Juice

Add according to your taste. It helps to balance the sweet taste.


Add according to your taste.


Need some to cook the sweet potato.

Nut Powder

Helps to thicken the curry a bit. Can use either almond or cashew nut powder.







Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry is a healthy, mildly spiced, gluten free, vegan curry that is made in a jiffy. A totally different kind of curry from the normal curries that well known in the Indian Cuisine.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course festival recipe, Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 large sweet potato about 500g
  • cups chickpeas cooked
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste or 2 chilli finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-1¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ cup water
  • cup coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh mint or coriander chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp almond or cashew nut powder


  • Peel, wash and cube the sweet potato.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add cumin seeds. As soon as the seeds sizzle, add chopped onion.
  • Stir fry the onion till it becomes soft.
  • Add ginger, garlic and chilli paste. Stir for a few seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder and sweet potato cubes.
  • Mix well. Add water and salt.
  • Cover the pan, lower the heat and cook the sweet potatoes till done.
  • Add chickpeas and coconut milk. Let the curry simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the nut powder and garam masala. Mix well. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped mint or coriander.
  • Serve the curry with some rice, naan, paratha or roti.


  • Adjust the amount of coconut milk according to your liking.
  • If you're going to use dried chickpeas, you need to soak them overnight in warm water. Next day drain out the water, wash the chickpeas. Cook them in a pressure cooker or pan.
  • Try the curry with brown chickpeas, its tastes just as good.
  • Can add pureed tomato if you want to. Add it after the sweet potato gets cooked. About ½ cup should be enough.
  • I added mint which gives the curry a very refreshing taste.
Keyword chickpea curry, gluten free curry, sweet potato and chickpea curry, sweet potato curry, vegan chickpea sweet potato curry

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  • Nayna Kanabar

    June 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I love the addition of the coconut milk to this curry, it must have made it really creamy.

  • vaishali sabnani

    June 26, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Reading about all. The health benefits , how can one not like this curry ? Indeed a very healthy one !

  • Srivalli

    June 26, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Very interesting to read your post..I do agree this one not only makes a healthy lunch, its easy to make as well!

  • Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    June 26, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    As a science nerd, I geek out to information like what you have recounted here for the benefits of sweet potatoes. I'd add to that list that they're high in antioxidants! I am a big fan of curries: especially eating the leftovers for lunch the next day—the flavors become so much more amazing overnight!

  • Beth

    June 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    This curry looks so delicious! It has all of my favorite ingredients! I especially love using coconut milk as I'm lactose intolerant! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  • Harini R

    June 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    A healthy combination of ingredients.

  • Pavani N

    June 28, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Wow, what a healthy and delicious curry that is Mayuri. Looks yumm!!

  • Mr Amodu

    June 28, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Apart from it healthy benefits, i natural love sweet potato. Thanks for this outstanding article.

  • Archana Potdar

    June 28, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Wow a delicious and healthy curry love it.

  • Jagruti

    June 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Chickpea and sweet potato goes really well together, I too make this curry but I also add spinach to it, packed with goodness.

  • Gabriella Campbell

    June 28, 2017 at 9:53 am

    What a wonderful recipe Mayuri! Curry is a definite favourite for us and sweet potato is probably top of my list of vegetables. So nourishing and wholesome. I'll be giving this a go!

  • Chef Mireille

    July 1, 2017 at 5:35 am

    I love coconut milk based curries – this looks amazing

  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    July 3, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Awww.. sweet potatoes in coconut milk… who would say no to that… great share. awesome.

  • Priya Suresh

    July 3, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Lipsmacking curry, never had a chance to cook chickpeas and sweet potato together, am sure this curry will definitely please my tastebuds.

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    July 6, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Yummy and delicious.. Love chick peas and sweet potato together!!

  • Sapana Behl

    August 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I have never tried chole with sweet potato, but did made a curry with chole and pumpkin. It looks delicious.

  • Renu

    October 22, 2023 at 9:43 am

    5 stars
    A delicious and healthy curry for sure. I make this quite often and I add some greens to too nutrients and colour too. I am sure your son’s partner’s grand mother will love it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 23, 2023 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks Renu, crossing our fingers she does. Nice idea to add greens too.

  • Camilla M Mann

    October 22, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    My younger son is sensitive to garbanzo beans, so I haven’t cooked with them in so long. But he’s off at college. We will be trying this soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 23, 2023 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks Camilla, enjoy the curry with your naan recipe.

  • Sneha Datar

    October 26, 2023 at 7:48 am

    What perfect meal this makes!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 26, 2023 at 3:38 pm


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