The Vegan Potato Curry recipe is healthy, hearty, and delicious, and this recipe is suitable for large crowds; it’s easy to make, quick, and is loved by even the strictest meat eater. This potato curry is made from scratch from a simple curry spice blend found in your kitchen pantry.
This Jamaican Spicy Potato Curry (Vegan) version is full of flavors! Chunky potatoes are cooked in spices along with chickpeas, carrots, and green peas.
I love curries, and growing up in Jamaica, we ate curries a whole lot (curry chicken and curry goat were popular then and now). Even in Most formal gatherings, we love to serve Jamaican curry goat. Fast forward years later, preparing Jamaican-style curry is second nature for me.
Making potato curry is one of the easiest ways to make a vegan curry recipe. It has been a staple in my home since becoming vegan 21 years ago. My potato curry finished in no time when I made it recently at a large event. The host requested that I make it again for the next event.
You can serve this curry with several side dishes. It is a perfect dish you can make in advance and store for later use.
Also, see, Jamaican Pigeon Rice And Peas, Jamaican Callaloo, and Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding
What is Jamaican Curry Powder?
I get my readers asking me a lot, ‘why is curry powder missing from my recipe?’
Curry powder is a blend of finely ground spices, such as turmeric, cumin, and coriander, used for making curry. If you check all my curry recipes, I include all these spices.
This blend of spices differs from country to country and from brand to brand; it is most likely based on spices available in that country.
In Jamaica, we add pimento (allspice berries) to our blend. In India, they add cardamom, star anise, and mace.
Naturally, the final dish will taste different depending on the curry blend used. To ensure that the outcome of my recipe is the same and tastes phenomenal.
Most people go for premade curry spice available in the market. It is undoubtedly convenient, but the problem is you can’t customize it according to your liking. Plus, sometimes different recipes ask for different spices, and thus, using premade curry powders seems a bit inconvenient. Honestly, such curry blends can spoil the recipe.
So, instead of using curry powder, I prefer using individual ingredients. I mentioned the curry ingredients and amounts individually.
My potato curry recipe has the simplest blend that provides maximum flavor. However, if you are still set on adding curry powder to this recipe, you can easily substitute with about 2 tablespoons of your favorite store-bought curry powder blend.
You can also find Jamaican curry powders for this recipe. Here are some Jamaican curry powder brands you can try out, BETA PAC, Grace Curry Powder, and Blue Mountain Curry Powder. They offer good results.
Is Jamaican curry the same as Indian curry or Thai curry?
Not at all! All these types of curries have only one thing in common, i.e., the word “curry.
Indian Potato curry recipes taste different from Jamaican Curry recipes because of certain ingredients. We use it in our curries. For instance, we use thyme and Scotch bonnet pepper.
Similarly, Thai curries have a special blend, i.e., green or red Thai curry paste. This paste is a special blend of different and unique ingredients indigenous to the lands.
Down below is the list of all the ingredients you will need to make this delicious vegan Jamaican potato curry:
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil is an amazing choice when you are cooking. It is a vegetable oil that is light and is loaded with nutrients as well. It is my choice when I don’t have olive oil. You can, however, use any other vegetable oil for this recipe as well.
- Onion: Use either chopped red onion or white onion for this recipe. Onion sets the base for this curry and has a slightly sweet yet savory flavor.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves are a vital ingredient in curries. That’s because it has a deep savory flavor which adds taste to the curry.
- Ginger: Freshly grated ginger has a slightly sweet yet peppery flavor.
- Scallion stalks: These are small bulbs of white onion with green stalks. Scallions have an onion-like plus grassy flavor. If you can’t find scallions, you can use green onions as well. They offer a nice savory flavor to the curry.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is known for its beautiful fresh yellow color and medicinal properties. It is a widely used ingredient in curries and gives the curry its signature yellow tone.
- Ground cumin: Cumin powder has a warmth, a nutty flavor, and a beautiful aroma.
- Ground coriander: It’s almost floral, and its citrusy flavor adds complexity to the curry.
- Thyme: Fresh thyme has a minty and earthy flavor with aroma. You can use either fresh or dried thyme for this recipe.
- Tomato: Freshly chopped tomatoes not just add a tangy and tomato-y flavor to the curry but also aid in the texture of the gravy. It also adds color to this curry.
- Potatoes: Potatoes are the main hero of this Jamaican spicy curry. Because there are so many different varieties of potatoes available in the market, you can choose your favorite ones. I prefer using russet or Yukon gold potatoes for this recipe. That’s because they have a firm texture and thus don’t get mushy very easily.
- Carrot: We are not just leaving this curry to potatoes. We are going to add a few additional vegetables for flavor, nutrients, and color. My top choice of vegetables to accompany potatoes is carrots. It is rich in nutrients and has a slightly sweet flavor, plus you simply can’t ignore the beautiful orange color.
- Green peas: Another vegetable that pairs really well with potatoes is peas. You can use either fresh or frozen peas for this recipe. Peas add a nice green color to this curry.
- Chickpeas: Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are rich in protein and are widely used in vegan recipes. That adds a nice texture to the dishes and is versatile. Adding these to the curries makes it more wholesome and tasteful.
- Coconut milk: Coconut milk is an essential ingredient in every vegan curry. It is creamy, rich, and plant-based. Thus perfect for this curry’s texture and flavor.
- Water: Add water to adjust the consistency of this curry. For more flavor, I recommend you use vegetable stock instead of water.
- Cayenne pepper: Cayenne pepper adds heat to this curry. It is a perfect ingredient to make this curry spicy. You can also use red chili powder instead of cayenne for spiciness.
- Ground allspice: Use ground allspice or ground pimento for a more depth of flavor in this curry.
- Salt: Balance out the flavors by using salt. Add it as per your liking, and enjoy!
How to Make Vegan Jamaican Spicy Potato Curry?
This Jamaican Spicy Potato Curry (Vegan) is very easy to make. The process is pretty straightforward, and you can enjoy a nice curry in no time. Here is what you have to do to get a perfectly cooked, tasteful Jamaican spicy potato curry:
Step 1: First of all, start by heating coconut oil in a large saucepan or pot. Once the oil heats up, add chopped onion and sauté them for about 4 to 5 minutes or until they are tender.
Step 2: Now add garlic, grated ginger, and green onions. Sautee for a minute or two.
Step 3: Add the spices, i.e., turmeric, cumin, coriander, and fresh or dried thyme. Mix well and cook for 30 seconds or until the spices are fragrant. You can add a splash of water to prevent the spices from getting burnt.
Step 4: Add chopped tomatoes, followed by potatoes, carrots, and chickpeas. Mix well so that the spices coat the ingredients.
Step 5: Pour in coconut milk and water (preferably vegetable stock).
Step 6: Bring the mixture to a boil. Now reduce the heat and let the curry simmer for about 30 minutes or until the curry starts to thicken up.
Step 7: Add peas, cayenne pepper, and allspice, and season with salt. Mix well and serve immediately!
Pro Tips for Jamaican Spicy Potato Curry (Vegan)
Here are a few tips that will help you adjust this delicious vegan curry according to your liking:
- If you want a mild curry on heat and spice, you can skip cayenne pepper and use paprika instead.
- You can replace cayenne pepper with a scotch bonnet or habanero pepper. Both these are spicy and just right for this curry.
- Add vegetable stock instead of coconut milk if you don’t want a creamy curry. Or you can use both vegetable stock (instead of water) and coconut curry.
- You can add more vegetables to this curry to make it more wholesome. Try adding broccoli, butternut squash, or bell peppers for more flavor and goodness.
- Mash some of the potatoes before serving the curry. This will make it thicker.
- You can make this potato curry in an instant pot as well. It will reduce the cooking time exponentially!
- Add white beans instead of chickpeas for more flavor and texture.
What to serve with Jamaican Spicy Potato Curry?
As much as I love to enjoy this vegan Jamaican spicy potato curry on its own, it goes well with a number of sides. Here are a few sides you should pair with this delicious curry:
- Salads: Enjoy this curry with a simple salad. It adds freshness to the table and also balances out the spiciness of the curry.
- Rice: Rice is an essential side dish with almost every curry. Serve this Jamaican curry with either plain white rice, brown rice, garlic rice, or my special Jamaican rice. The flavors pair really well.
- Quinoa: Quinoa is a very healthy side dish. It is loaded with nutrients and is gluten-free. Thus, a perfect choice to pair with this dish.
- Tortilla: Serve this Jamaican curry with gluten-free tortilla, flatbread, or naan. You can also enjoy it with bread.
How to store Jamaican potato curry?
Worrying about what to do with leftover potato curry? No problem! You can always store it for later use. Once it is cool enough, store it in an air-tight container and refrigerate. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days. Reheat the stovetop. You can add a splash of coconut milk to adjust its consistency.
Moreover, you can also freeze this curry. Freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to a month. Thaw and reheat on the stovetop and enjoy! This curry is a perfect choice for meal prep, and you can make it in advance and store it for later use. Plus, it goes well when you have to feed a large crowd.
More vegan curry recipes
Vegan curries are super delicious and healthy. Plus, they are vegan, so no argument there! Here is a list of my other vegan curry recipes that are just as good as this one: Served with Jamaican Rice And Peas or my Instant Pot version and it will be a hit and you can also serve one of my many curry recipes:
- Curry Cabbage
- Chickpea Curry
- Black Eyed Peas Curry
- Jackfruit Curry
- Zucchini and Peas Coconut Curry
- Instant Pot Jackfruit and Potato Curry
- Butternut Squash Coconut Curry
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- Categories: Gluten-Free, Vegan
- Course: Main Course
- Cuisine: Jamaican
- Energy: 204 kcal / 853 kJ
- Fat: 8 g
- Protein: 5 g
- Carbs: 30 g
- Preparation: 15 min
- Cooking: 30 min
- Ready in: 45 min
- For: 6 Servings
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
- 2 stalks Escallion or green onions, chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme, or 2 sprigs
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium carrot, diced
- 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, or 1-15 ounce can
- 1-15 ounce can coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup frozen green peas
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper, or 1 whole Scotch pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice/pimento, optional
- Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onion and saute until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, green onions 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, pepper, and allspice. Remove from heat. Delicious served with salad, brown rice, quinoa or gluten-free tortilla.
1. Green peas and carrots were added for color, you can totally leave them out or substitute veggies of your choice.
2. Coconut milk was included for a creamy Island flavor, you can substitute with vegetable broth.
Really great recipe! I’ve made it several times and it’s always a hit.
Linda, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback.
Oh my goodness, I love, love this!!
Can you freeze left overs (if any lol)?
Mary, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Yes you can freeze the leftovers.
I made this for my family tonite. I made a few tiny adjustments for quantity and it was very well received. Thank You Ron sharing this recipe.
Monise, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.
Hi Michelle I’ve just discovered your website and decided to try out one of your recipes. I’ve just had a go at making your spicy potato curry and it was delicious. I will be trying some more of your recipes in the future, thanks for sharing.
Mike, I’m so happy you found my website. Thank you for trying this recipe, I hope you enjoy more of them.
My Mom (who’s Bahamian haha) and I love love love this recipe!! We’re not vegans/vegetarians, but we like to sub in meat-free meals every once in a while. I was kinda nervous cooking this the first time because it was my first curry and I didn’t wanna disappoint my Mom, but she absolutely loved it!! She has requested this several times already and it’s super easy to make!! Thank you, Michelle!!!
Kendra, aww I love Nassau. I’m happy you and your mom enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback.
How much Blue Mountain curry powder would you use instead of spices? Thanks!
1- 2 tablespoons of curry powder is great
I can’t wait to try this! It’s my first time using scotch bonnet pepper, please can you advise whether I need to chop this up and de-seed? Or do I add it whole and remove it? Thank you
Davine, I love to add it whole.
Wow, this recipe was awesome!
Thank you Crystal, I’m so happy you enjoyed it.
Delicious! Perfect blend of healthy & comfort for this time of staying at home. Thank you this wonderful recipe.
This was SOOOO GOOOD and very easy to make… I like the fact that the ingredients were all staple items and didn’t have to run to the store to purchase… the whole family enjoyed and I will be making this again
I made this today and had it with roti. Delicious!!!
Oh nice, I bet it tasted delicious. Thank you for sharing your feedback.
Awesome recipe, I am a pepper head so I add more habanero and I’m not a full vegan so sometimes I add a little browned cubed pork loin, but this dish is fantastic I have added it to my regular meal plans.
Thank u!! This was fantastic! I improvised and made it in the instant pot for 6mins and 10min natural release. Was so rich and delicious! We don’t really eat meat anymore so this was just perfect and reminded me of curry chicken. Whole family enjoyed.
That’s so cool, thank you for sharing your feedback MK, I’m so happy that you and your loved ones enjoyed it.