Satay sweet potato curry on top of rice in a deep dish

Satay sweet potato curry

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(350 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4

Cook this tasty vegan curry for an exotic yet easy family dinner. With spinach and sweet potato, it boasts two of your five-a-day and it’s under 400 calories

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal387
  • fat25g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre7g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 3 tbsp Thai red curry paste (check the label to make sure it’s vegetarian/ vegan)
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter

    Peanut butter

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    Peanut butter starts with dry roasting peanuts, which concentrates and heightens their flavour…

  • 500g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

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    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 400ml can coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

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    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • 200g bag spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 1 lime, juiced



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • cooked rice, to serve (optional)



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • dry roasted peanuts, to serve (optional)


  1. Melt 1 tbsp coconut oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and soften 1 chopped onion for 5 mins. Add 2 grated garlic cloves and a grated thumb-sized piece of ginger, and cook for 1 min until fragrant.

  2. Stir in 3 tbsp Thai red curry paste, 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter and 500g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks, then add 400ml coconut milk and 200ml water.

  3. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 mins or until the sweet potato is soft.

  4. Stir through 200g spinach and the juice of 1 lime, and season well. Serve with cooked rice, and if you want some crunch, sprinkle over a few dry roasted peanuts.

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Deborah Marriott's picture
Deborah Marriott
14th Aug, 2018
Loved it! So easy to make and full of flavour
Judy M
15th Mar, 2018
Made this tonight for my newly veggie teenager. Absolutely delicious! I used Bart red Thai curry paste which has a real kick - no need for extra chilli. Although the paste was well past it's best before date which could explain the kick! Will definitely make again
4th Feb, 2018
I have made this twice and I love it, so simple and cheap to make with a few ingredients. The only changes I made are that I use frozen spinach instead of fresh and the first time I made it I used a lemon instead of a lime and it still tasted great.
9th Jan, 2018
I cooked this last night. Absolutely delicious and I highly recommend it. I'm currently trying to cut down on 'hidden' sugars and all the Thai red curry pastes I saw listed sugar in the ingredients, so I swapped that for a tablespoon of medium curry powder and a generous sprinkling of chilli flakes.
25th Nov, 2017
Delicious. Very easy to make and went down a treat with my husband. Added cooked chicken breast but it really didn’t need it. 10/10
2nd Nov, 2017
I haven't made this yet however it's on my list... will try with butternut squash instead of sweet potato to lower the calories. For those looking for a vegan red thai curry paste, my local Sainsbury's sells one under a brand called Thai Taste
Barbara Osborne
16th Oct, 2017
It is right. It does need more curry Powder (in my case). but overall a very good recipe for taste etc. My quibble is that it took longer than 15 minutes to prepare. Barbara Osborne
15th Oct, 2017
you can buy vegan red thai paste. i bought mine from whole foods, this recipe is amazing. i would highly recommend anyone to make it, its so rich and creamy.
3rd Oct, 2017
Just discovered after making this for a vegan friend that this recipe isn't vegan at all - it isn't even vegetarian. Thai red curry paste contains anchovies and fish sauce. If you're vegan or even vegetarian, you'll have to make your own curry paste!
4th Oct, 2017
You can buy thai red curry paste that is vegan, I get mine from Tesco.


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