Easy Vegan Yellow Curry Bowls

By Alexandra Caspero on March 28, 2018

I’ve got an appetite for curry. The fragrant aroma of ginger, garlic, chili, coconut and turmeric is like candy to my senses. I don’t discriminate. Green curry bowls, peanut curry, slow-cooker red curry, Indian curry; asking me to pick a favorite is like asking me to pick my favorite episode of Arrested Development. I can’t & I won’t.

With all the options, I sideline yellow curry the most. It’s not that I don’t love it, but it tends to not have the same richness as green curry or depth of spice as the red variety. That is, until I tried the yellow curry at a hole-in-the-wall Thai joint in DC a few months back.

pot of vegetables in curry sauce

You know those meals that seduce you to have just one more bite, even though you’re past the point of fullness? That was this curry. Rich and creamy with just a hint of ginger and red chilis.

Like all good meals, I’ve been dreaming about this one ever since. So, into the kitchen I went to create my own yellow curry bowl.

sweet potato curry bowls

vegan yellow curry bowls

Save this one for when you want curry in a hurry. Make a quick sauce by combining the curry powder, coconut milk and yellow curry paste. I prefer to use light coconut milk when I’m cooking at home but if you love the thick mouthfeel of restaurant curry then you’ll want to use a full-fat can instead.

Into the pot go the rest of the vegetables and a can of garbanzo beans for extra protein and heft. I won’t lie when I say it’s my favorite ingredient here. I really could just eat this sauce with chickpeas and be done with it but what kind of RD would I be if I didn’t include a least a few vegetables? Simmer, thicken and serve.

easy vegan yellow curry bowls

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

sweet potato curry bowls

Vegan Yellow Curry Bowls

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: curry, vegan, glutenfree, healthy


Yellow Curry Bowls! These vegan and gluten free curry bowls are a MUST-MAKE! Sweet potatoes, chickpeas & peppers simmered in a coconut curry sauce. | www.delishknowledge.com

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: curry, vegan, glutenfree, healthy
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: curry, vegan, glutenfree, healthy


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more, if you like it spicy)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chopped sweet potatoes
  • 1 (14 oz.) can light coconut milk
  • 23 tbsp. yellow curry paste
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 14 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • Cooked rice, for serving


  1. In a large sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the curry powder, ginger and red pepper flakes and toast until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add in the onion and cook until translucent, but not browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the bell peppers and sweet potatoes, then add in the coconut milk, vegetable broth and curry paste. Let simmer over medium-low heat until sweet potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.  
  4. Whisk in the soy sauce, brown sugar and chickpeas. Let simmer an additional 5 minutes.  
  5. Stir in the lime juice, season to taste as needed and serve over cooked rice. 


  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe without rice
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Sodium: 502 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Fiber: 10 g
  • Protein: 10 g

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Mo
      July 30, 2018 AT 11:23 am

      Do you peel the sweet potatoe before cooking?

      1. Alex
        July 30, 2018 AT 11:25 am

        Hi Mo, I don’t. In fact, I rarely do but mostly because I’m lazy 🙂 However, you are welcome to do so.

    2. Sue
      April 13, 2018 AT 7:55 pm

      What is yellow curry powder ? I’m only familiar with Indian curry powders, but have never seen any Thai curry powders, just pastes or sauces of spice blends in coconut milk. Where do you buy it? Brand? Thanks!

      1. Alex
        April 16, 2018 AT 9:48 am

        Hi Sue- sorry for any confusion. I use Indian curry powder along with Thai curry paste. I think the layering of spices makes this dish so yummy; and they complement each other!

    3. Dan
      July 15, 2017 AT 9:55 pm

      I don’t think you mention where you buy your curry powder.

    4. Carla
      February 7, 2017 AT 9:18 pm

      Where does the lime come into play?

      1. Alex
        February 8, 2017 AT 7:46 am

        Right before serving, stir it in. Thanks!

    5. Dominic
      January 5, 2016 AT 2:45 pm

      Is this supposed to be vegan? Because that curry paste has fish in it

      1. DK
        January 5, 2016 AT 2:50 pm

        Hi Dominic, unless they changed the formula, that curry paste does not contain fish sauce. Here is the ingredient list I found for the brand I recommended: Dried red chilli, Shallot, Garlic, Soybean oil, Sugar, Salt, Fresh turmeric, Lemongrass, Spices (coriander seeds, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, lesser galangal, cloves), Galangal, Curry powder (mustard, cumin, coriander, fenugreek, wheat flour, chilli, pepper, fennel, turmeric), Kaffir lime. It’s not gluten-free, but it doesn’t contain animal products.

    6. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
      September 22, 2015 AT 3:39 pm

      I’ve been totally craving a curry lately! These photos are totally making me hungry! Also, I just went to the W and 8th farmers market on Sunday, and I love it! Thanks for letting me know about it!!