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Kabocha & sweet potato curry

Kabocha & Sweet Potato Curry

  • Author: Nigella Lawson (modified)
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This is a delicious and hearty vegetarian/vegan curry that is full of flavor and heat. Serve it garnished with cilantro and lime juice over rice.



1 red onion (peeled and cut into chunks)

23 jalapeños (ribs and seeds removed according to taste, cut into large chunks)

3-inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled and cut into thick coins)

2 cloves garlic (peeled and smashed)

3-inch piece of fresh turmeric (peeled and roughly chopped or 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric)

1 teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk, unshaken

1½ cups vegetable broth

1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 pound sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into large bite-sized pieces)

2 pounds kabocha (peeled, seeds removed, and cut into large bite-sized pieces)


Place the onion, jalapeños, ginger, garlic, turmeric, ground cinnamon, ground coriander, and salt into a food processor and pulse until formed into a chunky paste. You may also do this in a bowl with an immersion blender.

Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy pot. Fry the paste for about a minute, stirring well. (Note: if you use a wooden spoon, it may stain from the turmeric.)

Carefully open the can of coconut milk and spoon the thick coconut cream into the pot. Stir well and heat through for a minute.

Stir in the remaining contents of the coconut milk can along with the vegetable broth and tomatoes. Stir well.

Add the kabocha and sweet potato to the pot; stir well. Bring to a boil then cover and turn down to medium-low. Allow to simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft and the kabocha is cooked through. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.

Serve with rice, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Inactive Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Cuisine: British-Thai


  • Calories: 546.4
  • Sugar: 19.8 g.
  • Sodium: 1153.68 mg.
  • Fat: 31.2 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 22.11 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 68.29 g.
  • Fiber: 13.19 g.
  • Protein: 8.59 g.
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: sweet potato, kabocha, coconut milk