Jamaican Spicy Potato Curry (Vegan)


I had to share this spicy vegan potato curry recipe because I recently made it for a large crowd and it was finished in no time. The host requested that I make it again for the the next event. I love curries and growing up in Jamaica, we ate curries a whole lot. This curry is creamy and delicious, its very hearty with potatoes, carrots, chickpeas and green peas. This recipe is suitable for large crowds, its easy to make and great for even the strictest meat eater.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 4 white potato, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 ½ cups cooked or 1-15 ounce can of chickpeas
  • 1-15 ounce can/ 400ml coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup frozen green peas
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onion and saute until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and ginger stirring for 1 minute. Add turmeric, cumin, coriander, thyme and cook until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add tomato, potato, carrots, chickpeas, coconut milk, water. Cover saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until thickened (I also mash some of the potatoes). Stir in peas, salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Delicious served with salad, brown rice, quinoa or gluten-free tortilla.


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  1. Rachel Farnsworth

    I totally have all of these ingredients on hand. We’re set to have rain the next few days so I may just have to cuddle up with a bowl of curry. I may be a total white girl, but curry is comfort food in my book.

    • hi there cristian,… you seem a caring person…. but does that mean you are not yet a vegan?? Please , would you take an hour of your time and watch a very good video called

      Gary Yourofsky’s Best Ever Speech on youtube-

      it is a really interesting watch and the speaker, Gary is very dynamic and easy to listen to. I think it will open your eyes to the reality and truth and reason of why people do this… as well as the health benefits… please get a cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy learning this important something new—- I think you will be glad you did !!! :) thankyou :) x x

      • Michelle Blackwood

        Thanks Fiona, I do eat a plant based diet and I have been doing so for the last 16 years. I don’t force anyone on this lifestyle though I just provide the recipes in love. I hope you try this delicious potato curry!

  2. I made this dish today, I went to a speciality spice store bought great quality spices and this dish really kicked . However ran out of potatoes so I had to use a yellow sweet potato with 2 white potatoes.

  3. Cold, damp spring day here and this is bubbling away on the stove. I’ve never made my own curry before (usually cheat and use a jar of sauce). It wasn’t that labour intensive. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. This recipe its amazing! I made it last friday and its the best veggie curry I have ever made (after trying so many recipes found online). Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Travel Animal Doctor

    Wow. all those ingredients are making my mouth water. That is pretty impressive for taste 7 in the morning. Can’t wait to try this. It looks great.

  6. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    I LOVE this! It looks gorgeous and I think using the coconut milk to keep it vegan was genius!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      So cool Marian, will check yours out. I’m outside of Columbus. I will be at an event in Cincinnati August 29th, where they will be featuring my cookbook. Looking forward to this event!

  7. just made this and it was the best!!! I’ve tried many recipes from online; some come out good others not so good. This is definitely one of the best!! Can’t wait for my friends to try it. It’s already a hit with the family.

  8. Thanks, it was delicious. A big hit with my whole family, especially with our 3 young children. We ate it with quinoa.


    This is defiantly not spicy… However it was still delicious and I will be making it again. I may just add a chili pepper next time early on with the garlic.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Thanks Cara for your feedback, so happy you like it. You would be amazed how some readers would find it spicy!

  9. Hi there, I’d like to try this recipe for a potluck. Can you tell me how many servings it makes? Thank you!


    This was really good with some white rice. My kids went back for seconds. Will definitely make this again!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Samanda, yes you can just use plain water or some unsweetened cashew or almond milk will work fine!

      • Awww…. thank you so much. I will be preparing in the morning for my dinner. I’m so excited to try. Again, thank you!

  10. Thanks for the recipe! I made some substitutions because I was out of some of the ingredients, but it still came out great. I substituted broccoli florets for the potatoes and one 15 oz can of tomato sauce instead of fresh tomato. Next time I will increase the Cayenne pepper a bit to suit my families heat level. Very tasty, my family really enjoyed it!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Thank you Cinde for your feedback, love your substitutions and I’m happy that you and your family enjoyed it.

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