Peanutty Sweet Potato Curry with Mushrooms and Spinach

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 portions 1x


The secret to this Sweet Potato Curry is the use of peanut butter. Be prepared to be blown away by this vegan curry recipe.



  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) groundnut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 10ml (2 tsp) ginger root, grated
  • 225g (8 oz) mushrooms, quartered
  • 350g (12 oz) sweet potatoes, cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) cubes
  • 500ml (17 fl oz) vegetable stock
  • 1.25ml (¼ tsp) cayenne pepper
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) mild curry powder
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) tomato purée
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) SKIPPY® Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) brown sugar
  • 225g (8 oz) spinach leaves, washed and trimmed
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) coriander, chopped
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onion, garlic and ginger, and fry gently for 10 minutes.
  2. Once the onions have softened, turn up the heat and fry the mushrooms until cooked, which should take about 5 minutes.
  3. Tip the contents out into a bowl and set aside.
  4. Using the same pan, add sweet potato, stock, cayenne, curry powder and tomato puree.
  5. Give it a stir and let the sweet potato gently simmer until just cooked, which should take no more than 10 minutes.
  6. Mix a few spoonfuls of the stew juices with the peanut butter to soften it, and then add to the sweet potato.
  7. Stir in brown sugar, then tip the onion and mushroom mixture back into the pan.
  8. Add the spinach and let it wilt, cooking for no more than 3 minutes.
  9. Season to taste and serve with rice, sprinkled with coriander.


  • Rice is ideal for this dish, since it soaks up all the sauce and flavour!
  • Button or portobello mushrooms can be used instead of the standard white ones.
  • Add a splash of water if the curry sauce gets too thick.
  • Category: Curry
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sweet potato curry, vegan sweet potato stew recipe, savoury peanut butter dish