Sweet Potato Curry with Kale and Peas

sweet potato curry with peas and kale in a bowl with a glass of white wine and a bowl of rice

Hearty sweet potato curry with kale, peas, and cashews. Comforting and cozy meal that’s perfect any time of year.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon grape seed oil (or other neutral oil)
  • 2 medium shallots or 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium jalapeño, stem and seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 large sweet potato or yam, cubed (I left the skin on)
  • 2 14-ounce cans light coconut milk (sub full fat for extra creamy texture, or half light and half full fat)
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (plus more to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 4-8 cups chopped kale (depending on how many greens you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • Rice, naan, fresh basil, and lemon wedges for serving (optional)


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add grape seed oil, shallot or onion, ginger, garlic, and jalapeño. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add red curry paste and sweet potato, stir, and cook for 2 minutes more.
  3. Add coconut milk, maple syrup, turmeric, and a hearty pinch of salt and stir. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, add peas and reduce heat to maintain gentle simmer. The goal is a low simmer, not a boil.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the potatoes to be tender. As you’re cooking, taste and adjust the flavor as needed. You can add maple syrup for sweetness, sea salt for saltiness, and turmeric or curry paste for a more intense curry flavor.
  5. Once the curry is seasoned and the potatoes are softened, add kale, cashews, and lemon juice, and cover. Simmer for 3 minutes more over medium-low heat.
  6. Serve over rice or naan, and drizzle additional fresh squeezed lemon juice before serving.


*Recipe is a guide. Adapt as desired. Inspired by Minimalist Baker’s curry recipe.

Keywords: sweet potato curry, vegan curry, vegan Indian curry