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sweet potato chickpea coconut curry

South Indian sweet potato chickpea coconut curry

This south Indian inspired sweet potato chickpea coconut curry is creamy, mildly spicy & flavorful and has amazing textures. This curry is similar to chana masala, but with south Indian flavors and the creaminess of coconut milk.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Optional soaking & cooking time 4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 5 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Indian Fusion
Servings 8
Calories 281 kcal



Cooking dried chickpeas

  • Soak the dried chickpeas in 6 cups of water for a minimum of 4-6 hours.
  • Instant pot instructions: Drain and rinse the chickpeas and transfer them to your instant pot along with 2 cups of water and some salt. Pressure cook the chickpeas on high for 12 minutes followed by a natural pressure release.
    Manual pressure cooker instructions: Drain and rinse the chickpeas and transfer them to your pressure cooker along with 2 cups of water and some salt. Close the lid and cook on medium high until pressure builds inside it and you hear the first whistle. Turn the heat to low and let it cook for 20 minutes before turning off the heat. Let the pressure release naturally before opening.
    Stove top instructions: Drain and rinse the chickpeas and transfer them to a heavy bottomed pot along with 2 cups of water and some salt. Set the pot on the stove and let it come up to a boil on high heat. When it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight fitting lid and cook for 25-30 minutes or until the chickpeas are almost soft and tender.
  • Drain the cooked chickpeas and set them aside. Reserve the chickpea cooking water separately.

Canned chickpeas

  • If using canned chickpeas, drain the chickpeas and save the canned liquid. Set them aside.

Making the curry

  • Place a large heavy bottomed pot over a medium heat and add the oil. When the oil gets hot, add in the curry leaves and onion along with a pinch of salt. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, stirring often or until they turn light brown and caramelized.
  • Now add in the ginger garlic paste and tomato paste and cook this mixture for 2 minutes on medium heat or until it doesn't smell raw anymore. Deglaze the pan with ¼ cup of the chickpea cooking liquid/water if needed.
  • Add in the Kashmiri chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder & cook while stirring for another minute to let the spices bloom & release their aromatics.
  • Now add in the chickpeas & stir well so they are coated in all the beautiful flavors. Let the chickpeas toast in these flavors for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the can of coconut milk and mix everything until well combined. Let your curry bubble away gently for around 5 minutes.
  • Now add in the reserved chickpea water (about 1.5 cups total, add in more water if needed while canned chickpeas) along with the cubed sweet potatoes and let the curry bubble gently until the sweet potatoes are fully cooked (about 10 minutes).
  • Into a dry pan, add in the mustard seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds and toast them on medium heat for about a minute or until they just start to change color.
  • Transfer the toasted spices into a mortar and pestle and grind them into a fine powder.
  • When the sweet potatoes are cooked, add in the freshly ground spice mix and give it a mix before turning off the heat.
  • Serve the curry with my lemon rice or naan, side salad, a sprinkle of nigella seeds and cilantro and lime wedges on the side.

Estimated Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
South Indian sweet potato chickpea coconut curry
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.
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