Jamaican Spicy Potato Curry (Vegan)


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 next event. I love curries and growing up in Jamaica, we ate curries a whole lot (curry chicken, curry goat were popular!. This curry is creamy and delicious, it’s very hearty with potatoes, carrots, chickpeas and green peas. This recipe is suitable for large crowds, it’s easy to make and great for even the strictest meat eater.

Check out my other delicious curry recipes!

  1. Curry Cabbage

  2. Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

  3. Curry Quinoa with Broccoli

  4. Jackfruit Curry Recipe

  5. Zucchini and Green Peas Coconut Curry

  6. Bitter Melon Potato Curry

  7. Chickpea Curry with Quinoa

  8. Thai Coconut Curry Tofu


  • 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.

Spicy Curry Potato Vegan

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Spicy Potato Curry Vegan

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    This is awesome. About to eat this for dinner. Do you happen to have the calories per serving to add to this. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Please enjoy Candace, I’m so sorry didn’t work out the calories because this recipe is still in the old recipe format

  1. I, too, am a first time curry maker. I sought out Jamaican and vegetarian ones because I knew they’d be easier. I was right! This took only about an hour to come together, and since I used small red potatoes, the prep work was hardly that. Threw in a second can of coconut milk for more gravy/extra creaminess. Definitely keeping this one in my recipe tabs. <3

    • Michelle Blackwood

      That’s great Taylor, so glad that you are keeping my recipe! Thank you so much for your feedback, glad it was a success.

      • Kirstie Jenkins

        Hello, I’m in the process of making this now. However I don’t have coconut milk and was trying to avoid a store run. Can I replace the coconut milk with almond milk? If so how much should I add?

        • Michelle Blackwood

          Hello Kristie, yes you can substitute equal amounts of almond milk just make sure it is unsweetened. Hope you love it!

    • Savannah Rhodes

      God bless you for this recipe!!! I love it, have made it twice already and will probably be making it regularly at least twice a month now!! It is sooo delicious and comes together easily. I literally eat the whole pot of curry all by myself, I shamefully admit, over the course of 1-3 days. But its vegan, so I don’t really feel that guilty!!

      • Michelle Blackwood

        Savannah, I’m so happy you love my recipe it is a regular in my home as well. I understand and God bless you too!


    Really delicious recipe! The first time I made it I replaced the chickpeas with corn because I had no chickpeas, and it was very tasty. The second time I had the chickpeas and it was even better and even more satisfying! I’ve used both white and brown basmati rice with this dish, and the brown is definitely my preference as it really complements the flavors. Thank you!!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Thank you for your feedback Raini, so happy you loved it. Love your substitution with corn I will have to try it. I definitely find brown rice to be more flavorful than white rice!

  2. Cassandra Pierce

    I love the recipe, it was filling and flavorful! My son liked it but commented it was too spicy, any suggestions to cut back on the spice?

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Hello Casssandra, so happy you found the recipe flavorful and filling. To cut back on the spicy taste, omit cayenne pepper and ginger.

  3. Love it. It’s been added to my ‘Recipes to keep making’ Board on Pinterest. (The second time I made it, I didn’t realise I had no chick peas – in desperation I threw in a can of lentils – worked fine! ) Cheers, thanks for posting.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      So happy you love it, Susan, glad you will make it again. Love the idea of adding lentils too thanks!

  4. I made this about an hour ago. I’ve never ever commented on any recipe before but felt I had to with this. I find a lot of recipes always lack something but this is so tasty and honestly nicest curry I’ve made. Thank you.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Hi Helen, I appreciate your feedback and I’m so overjoyed by your comment. Thank you for your support!

  5. 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.


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

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


    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!

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

  8. 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.

  9. I make a really similar Vegan Potato Curry.
    It’s a hit wherever I take it! What part of Ohio are you in? I’m a blogger in the Cincinnati area!

    • 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!

  10. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

    • 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!

  15. 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.

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