5-Ingredient Sweet Potato Curry


This sweet potato curry has amazing flavor and it comes together in less than 30 minutes, with just one pan and five pantry staple ingredients. Vegan + gluten-free. This post is sponsored by Kroger.

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Bowl with half rice and half sweet potato chickpea curry topped with cilantro and lime.

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Bowl with half rice and half sweet potato chickpea curry topped with cilantro and lime.

Now onto the recipe I have for you today… it’s a super simple, five-ingredient, pantry staple recipe for chickpea sweet potato curry! I’m so excited about this recipe because it’s ridiculously delicious and you likely already have all of the ingredients you need in your pantry.

Ingredients used to make sweet potato curry: can of coconut milk, can of chickpeas, green curry paste, sweet potato and onion.

Here’s What You Need

  • yellow onion
  • sweet potato
  • curry paste (red or green curry paste will work)
  • coconut milk
  • chickpeas – I used canned chickpeas for ease

Some optional ingredients that are nice to have: 

  • fresh garlic & ginger
  • lime
  • cilantro
  • rice – any type works for this recipe. Use what you have!
Skillet with curried sweet potatoes, onions and chickpeas in a coconut sauce. Topped with lime and cilantro. A wood spoon is beside the skillet.

One Pan Pantry Staple Curry

Yep, you read that correctly… this curry is a one pan meal and it comes together in less than 30 minutes, but tastes like it’s been cooking for much longer! For this recipe I stuck with basic, pantry staple ingredients you likely already have. That said, there are a few optional ingredients that I made a note of within the recipe. If you want to add a little more flavor and have access to fresh garlic and ginger, you can add 1 tablespoon of each (minced) while you’re cooking the onion.

Bowl with half rice and half sweet potato chickpea curry topped with cilantro and lime.

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5-Ingredient Sweet Potato Curry

5 from 39 votes
This sweet potato curry has amazing flavor and it comes together in less than 30 minutes, with just one pan and five pantry staple ingredients.
Bowl with half rice and half sweet potato chickpea curry topped with cilantro and lime.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 3


  • 1/2 Tablespoon avocado or coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons green or red curry paste, I used green curry paste from Thai Kitchen
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into bite-size chunks
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water, if needed
  • optional: fresh chopped cilantro and fresh lime and rice, for serving


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5-6 minutes or until fragrant. Add curry paste to the skillet, toss and sauté for another minute.
  • Add sweet potatoes, chickpeas and coconut milk to the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Allow the sauce to heat up until it is simmering and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender enough to be easily pierced with a fork. If the mixture gets too thick (or dry) you can add water to the pan, 1/4 cup at a time, up to 1/2 cup. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Serve curry over rice with cilantro and a squeeze of lime.


  • If you have access to fresh ginger and garlic, feel free to add 1 Tablespoon (minced) of each to the skillet when you add the onion.


Serving: 1serving without rice Calories: 425kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 8g Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 20g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 795mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 10g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: sweet potato curry


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    1. Kristen B
      January 8, 2023 AT 3:26 pm

      5 stars
      Just stumbled across your awesome website packed full of goodness! Just made this, and it’s incredibly good. So flavorful. Thanks for sharing ❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 9, 2023 AT 4:03 pm

        Yay! So glad you loved this recipe, Kristen. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Natalie
      January 5, 2023 AT 7:29 pm

      4 stars
      Made this tonight and my kids (ages 4, 3, and 1) all ate it! That’s a HUGE win in my book. My husband also enjoyed it and he tends to be very wary of vegetarian meals. I had actually meant to just add chicken, and then in the chaos of dinner prep forgot, but he still enjoyed it. Definitely worth repeating!
      I took off a star because it’s called 5 ingredient, but it’s definitely more than 5 ingredients, plus rice or something to serve it on and garnishes if you do that.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 8, 2023 AT 11:37 pm

        WOO! I am so glad this recipe is such a hit for you and your whole family, Natalie. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, I appreciate it.

    3. Liz C
      January 20, 2022 AT 11:24 am

      5 stars
      This was so yummy! I added quite a bit of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder, and a little bit of ginger juice to kick up the heat. My boyfriend had a panic attack he thought it was so good! We’re grateful to have a new recipe to throw in the mix.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 24, 2022 AT 1:17 am

        Ah yay! So happy to hear this recipe was a hit, Liz. Thanks for the review!

    4. Nicola
      October 5, 2021 AT 7:49 am

      4 stars
      Pleasant meal during these autumn days. Lime was a nice addition to add more flavor. For me, the sweet potato took around 30/40 minutes to cook through.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 6, 2021 AT 12:41 am

        I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe, Nicola. Thanks for the review. I appreciate it.

    5. marvin Weinrich
      August 29, 2021 AT 4:28 pm

      5 stars
      Very good, and almost vegan!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 30, 2021 AT 10:28 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Marvin! Thanks for trying it and coming back to leave a review. It means so much to me!

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