Spicy Potato Curry

I was in the mood for some comfort food on Friday night but I was looking for something more exotic than plain old pasta. Problem was, my fridge and pantry was pretty sparse:

  • 1/2 bag of fresh baby spinach
  • a couple blocks of tofu
  • potatoes
  • onions
  • a few cans of diced tomatoes
  • a few cans of chickpeas
  • a can of coconut milk
  • about a cup-forth of frozen peas
  • too many bottles & cans of maple syrup (would I be Canadian otherwise?)

I figured that I would be able to put some kind of curry together, but I wasn’t in a creative mood and was in need of some inspiration. Enter the AllRecipes.com Ingredient Search feature. You type in what you have on hand (and what you don’t), and the system spits-out a list of matching recipes. I typed in “coconut milk”, “chickpeas” and “potatoes” and as luck would have it, the first result was for Spicy Vegan Potato Curry. Score! I’m used to veganizing the recipes on that site, but I was pretty stoked to have all the work done for me. Some days, I’m in a creative mood, but other days, I just want to follow a simple recipe and leave the thinking to someone else!

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

I was really pleasantly surprised by this curry. It was rich and creamy, and not overly saucy, which I like because it means that you don’t necessarily have to eat it with rice. This was even better the next day for lunch, as all the flavors had a chance to meld together.

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry


  • I cut the cayenne pepper from 1+1/2 tsp to just about 1/2 tsp, but feel-free to keep it as-is if you like a lot of spice
  • Instead of the canned peas, I used 1 cup of frozen peas and I tossed half a bag of fresh baby spinach in at the end

Recipe: Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

I love eating curry with pappadams. Instead of deep-frying them, I just pop them in the microwave for 1 minute. They puff right up, just like the fried ones, but they’re so much healthier.


Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

Vegan Month of Food 2011


  1. Allysia says:

    Oooh, yum! I’ve never had a “pappadam” before – never even heard of ’em. Indian food is totally comfort food in my books too, something about the hearty ingredients (potatoes, rice, legumes, bread-like things) and the amazing-smelling spices that just makes me feel all warm and cozy.

    • vegangela says:

      Hi Allysia – Oh you must try them! They’re like big chips – nice and light and perfect for scooping up all that comfort-curry… :)

  2. Alan says:

    I have been thinking on and off for some time about a web site that let’s you say what ingredients you actually have and then sends you the recipes so it was great news when you discovered it for me ‘AllRecipes.com’. A bonus, being vegan, is that I can also say what I do not want such as cooking oil etc.

    • It’s a great resource, glad it will be of service to you :)

  3. Lou says:

    Hi, there is no mention of spices in the ingredient list. Any guidance on what spices to use? Many thanks.

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