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Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas

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Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas is a perfect, comforting vegan weeknight dinner that’s ready in 40 minutes.

sweet potato curry on plate with lime and cilantro and napkin

Sweet potato chickpea curry in bowl

Chickpea curry in bowl with cilantro, limes and spoons

Peeling chickpeas could be for some, what picking up spilled rice grains one by one may be for others. Torture. But not for me. I find it relaxing, cathartic, and contemplative.

On occasion, I will purchase dried chickpeas, soak them overnight, and cook them properly. But since careful planning isn’t necessarily my forte, a can of chickpeas, a bowl of water, and a strainer work perfectly. Generally, when the mood strikes me for a dish, I want it on the spot or at least within an hour or so.

If you’ve been following the blog for a bit you know that I cook and eat mostly paleo and allow for some flexibility when it comes to grains and legumes. But when it comes to chickpeas, I’ve discovered that my main (digestive) issue may not necessarily lie with the chickpea itself but rather with the skin.

So let me get to the reason why I’m peeling chickpeas in the first place – for a heavenly sweet potato curry. The flavor, texture, and taste is unmatched. But in the past, I’d always feel not too great after eating it. However, peeling the chickpea skin truly changed that for me and hopefully it can do the same for you!

This Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas is: 

  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Simple to make
  • Easy on digestion

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1” pieces
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned works too)
  • 1 bell pepper of your choice, chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 4 cups chicken or bone broth
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

Making Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas

Step 1. If you plan on peeling chickpeas, strain chickpeas of their liquid, and them to a bowl of lukewarm water. With your hands toss them several times underwater and move them about. This will start to loosen most of the skins and they will float to the surface. Remove skins and continue peeling until all chickpeas are bare. Strain and set aside.

Step 2. Heat a heavy-bottom pan over medium heat. Add the coconut oil, onion, and pepper and cook until onion is translucent and pepper, soft – about 8 minutes.

Step 3. Add all the spices and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook on low until potatoes are soft. About 15-20 minutes.

Step 4. Using a submersion blender, give the potatoes a few pulses just to puree a few of them. Alternatively, use a potato masher and mash just a bit preserving some of the potatoes.

Step 5. Add coconut milk, chickpeas, and 1 tbsp of the finely chopped cilantro. 

Step 6. Simmer for another 10 minutes. If the stew is too watery, you can always remove some of the liquid (and eat if of course). 

Step 7. Serve over rice or cauliflower rice and top with additional cilantro. 

Tips and Tricks for Making the Best Sweet Potato Curry with Chickpeas

Peeling chickpeas is easier on digestion

If you are someone who struggles with gut issues after eating chickpeas, you may find peeling them to drastically improve your digestion. For me, I find soaking and peeling them to be the only way I can eat them and not pay the price. 

Can you substitute butternut squash for sweet potatoes?

Absolutely! Butternut squash is similar in taste and consistency to sweet potato and makes an ideal alternative if you want an even lower carb option. 

It’s an easy curry you can make on any weeknight and can be on the table in under an hour. There’s also a pretty good chance you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry. Sweet potatoes, chickpeas, green pepper, and onion are cooked in a flavorful garam masala coconut broth. You can eat the coconut chickpea curry on its own or serve it over rice or cauliflower rice.

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Yield: 8

Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry

Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry
This Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry is a perfect, comforting vegan weeknight dinner that's ready in 40 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1” pieces
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned works too)
  • 1 bell pepper of your choice, chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 4 cups chicken or bone broth
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. If you plan on peeling chickpeas, strain chickpeas of their liquid, and them to a bowl of lukewarm water. With your hands toss them several times under water and move them about. This will start to loosen most of the skins and they will float to the surface. Remove skins and continue peeling until all chickpeas are bare. Strain and set aside.
  2. Heat a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add the coconut oil, onion and pepper and cook until onion is translucent and pepper is soft – about 8 minutes.
  3. Add all the spices and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add sweet potatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook on low until potatoes are soft. About 15-20 minutes.
  5. Using a submersion blender, give the potatoes a few pulses just to puree a few of them. Alternatively, use a potato masher and mash just a bit preserving some of the potatoes.
  6. Add coconut milk, chickpeas and 1 tbsp of the finely chopped cilantro. Simmer for another 10 minutes. If the stew is too watery, you can always remove some of the liquid (and eat if of course). 
  7. Serve over rice or cauliflower rice and top with additional cilantro. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 24g

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