Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

by Khushboo on March 16, 2015

 My mom got back from London a couple of weeks ago and was telling me about some of the foods she ate over there.  It’s a good thing that I am planning to be in London for a lengthy amount of time over the summer- my list of restaurants to try has only gotten longer, and of course I still want to eat at my old favorites.  One quick lunch that sounded especially delicious was from no other than Pret A Manger: Sweet Potato & Cauli Curry Quinoa Rice Pot.  I gotta hand it to Pret- despite being a fast food chain, they’ve really stepped up their game in terms of offering options made from quality ingredients and that actually pack in quite a bit of nutrition.  

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry Pot

I took inspiration from Pret to try and recreate something similar at home a couple of weeks ago i.e. a Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry that’s both vegan & gluten-free.  Verdict?  I don’t know what the original tastes like & frankly, I’m not that interested anymore- my version tastes AMAZING!  Because ain’t nobody got time to cook elaborate meals every night, these kind of one-pot, balanced meals are where it’s at!  Between the sweet potato, chickpeas, spinach & cauliflower, it’s filled to the brim with plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein …the list of goodness goes on!  The coconut milk adds a nice flavor & creaminess, along with a moderate dose of fat to help make the overall dish more satiating.   

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry (2)

If quinoa isn’t your thing, serve it with brown rice instead.  If grains aren’t your thing, you can’t sit with us  it tastes fab over kale chips too.  This Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry recipe serves 4- either to share with your family or to ensure you have dinner ready for the next few nights. 

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

Friends, laziness is no longer a valid excuse to not eat a healthy dinner- heating up the leftovers is even quicker than calling up Dominoes.  Fortunately for us, curries only taste better over time after the different flavors get a chance to mingle:

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry
Serves 4
A comforting, aromatic curry that is both vegan & gluten-free.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  2. ½ yellow onion, chopped
  3. 2 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1 teaaspoon minced ginger
  5. 15-ounce can chickpeas (about 1 1/2 cups)
  6. 15-ounce can of chopped tomatoes
  7. 2 cups small cauliflower florets
  8. 1 large sweet potato, diced
  9. 1 can light coconut milk
  10. 1 cup vegetable broth
  11. 1 tablespoon channa (or garam) masala
  12. ½ tablespoon curry powder
  13. 1 teaspoon salt
  14. 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion & sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  2. Add in the tomatoes & channa masala, curry powder. and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Turn off heat & allow to cool.
  3. Transfer tomato mix to a blender and puree until smooth. Add puree back to the pot, along with the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and add in the sweet potato.
  4. After 4 minutes, add in the chickpeas, cauliflower, coconut milk, and salt to taste. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Towards the last 5 minutes, stir in the spinach.
  5. Turn off heat and serve with your choice of sides (e.g. roti, brown rice, quinoa, kale)
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 Bon appétit!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld March 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm

I actually LOVED Pret when I was in the UK (I think they had some delicious popcorn there if I recall correctly).

I’d make this and sub the sweet for white and chickpeas for chicken. 😉

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

You are absolutely right about the popcorn- and they’ve got added in even more flavours like wasabi & chocolate :)!

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Letizia@thefitlabel March 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm

That looks AMAZING! I don’t really like chickpeas so I would probably sub the chickpeas for chicken (thanks for the idea Arman)

I used to really like Pret à manger when I was studying in London back in 2013. It’s convenient and the food is pretty good and healthy! My favorites were the salads.

When I’m feeling lazy, I usually make either stir-fries or pasta. Pasta gets a bad rap but since I’m Italian and I grew up eating it every day it will always hold a special place in my heart!

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:53 am

Chicken would definitely taste fab in place of the chickpeas! Which uni were you studying at in London? And yum to pasta- always hits the spot!

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig March 16, 2015 at 6:33 pm

HA! When my friend got here from Australia, the first thing she wanted to do was go to Pret! We had Pret so many times in a three week period haha but this recipe looks awesome – even without meat!

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:58 am

Haha…now THAT’S what you call Pret loyalty!! You must try their hot chocolate before it gets too hot- best in London :)!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick March 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm

I love Pret a Manger! I think they had one in Amsterdam too.
And I know you should make a trip over here to Switzerland when you’re in London 🙂

Eggs are alays involved when it needs to be quick. Omelette, scrambled etc – some veggies, salmon or deli chicken with it and that’s it!

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:54 am

Ah I would love to come to Switzerland :)! And eggs are one of my go-to meals too – always make sure I have some at home!

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GiGi Eats March 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm

THIS recipe needs to get in my mouth. I would probably make the mistake of shoveling it in while it’s still PIPING HOT… and then burn my mouth… And ruin the experience – LOL… Oh me and my horrific willpower!

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

Haha not going to lie- I’ve burnt my mouth far too many times, purely due to impatience!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 17, 2015 at 12:02 am

I need to try this out! I love anything cauliflower. And curry.

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

I think this would b e a winner for you :)!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen March 17, 2015 at 4:46 am

Oh man London really does have some amazing restaurants! I didn’t even get to go to half of the ones I wanted to. My parents are actually over there right now and I’m insanely jealous.

I never ate at Pret a Manger while I was there but this does look delicious!

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

Ah you should try and make one more trip down to London while your sis is still working there- if anything, there’s so much more to be eaten ;)!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 17, 2015 at 7:54 am

And I love this! A bowl of veggies, some beans, sweet potatoes, coconut milk and saucy curry. Bring it on sister. Please pass the bowl my way.

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

Heating some up and sending a bowl your way ;)!

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Louise Letsome March 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Your food always looks so damn good! I’m definitely making this – as with others will be adding chicken 😉

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

Ah thanks so much Louise :)! Let me know how you like it :)!

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Parita @ myinnershakti March 17, 2015 at 7:35 pm

This looks DELISH! I’m always looking for easy Indian type recipes, so this is perfect! And even V will love this one!

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Khushboo March 18, 2015 at 9:57 am

Amazing- hope you guys enjoy it…if he’s missing the meat, you can add some chicken to his serving :)!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles March 19, 2015 at 11:57 am

Love curries! I’ve never actually been to a Pret a Manger – maybe it needs to be added to my ever-growing restaurant list? Seriously, it’s getting ridiculous at this point.

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Khushboo March 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

You & me both- the list is never-ending!

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Allyson Wilson April 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Found your post after experiencing the pret hot pot your mom raved about. I too loved it so much that I wanted to make it. I used your recipe for the most part. The only modifications I made were- 1) I didn’t puree the tomato, garlic, onion, ginger mixture, 2) I added a little honey (maybe a tablespoon) because that’s what pret said they do, on their website, and 3) I left the spinach out. I prefer my spinach on the side. This dish is AMAZING. I can’t get enough. I’ve had leftovers for two days now at work. Thank you!

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Khushboo April 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Ah comments like yours makes blogging all the more rewarding, Allyson. I’m SO glad you enjoyed it and thank you for coming back o tell me!!

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