Yam and Potato Quinoa Curry

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I didn’t quite know what to call this stew at first, because it was really just one of those ‘kitchen sink’ dishes that made use of whatever had been lying around the refrigerator for a while. In my case, it was some potatoes, a carrot, pumpkin purée, ginger, black kale, and chickpeas. I think my favourite part is the whole fennel seeds, because every now and then you get a delicious licorice-like pop when you bite down on one. If you buy the canned pumpkin purée to make this, you’ll likely have at least a cup leftover. If you wanna use it up and don’t know how, check out this previous post for a sweet biscuits recipe. Or you could use it up by buying a pre-made pie crust and searching out an easy pumpkin pie recipe.

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 cup onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3 or 4 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons tamari (or other good quality soy sauce)
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 19oz. can tomatoes
3/4 cup canned pumpkin purée
3 cups water
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
4 cups kale, spinach, or other leafy green, chopped
2 cups chickpeas
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1. Heat the olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, onion, carrot, and celery. Sauté, stirring frequently for about 8 minutes.
2. Add the potato, sweet potato, tamari, fennel seeds, cumin, coriander, curry powder, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 6 minutes, stirring often.
3. Stir in the tomatoes, pumpkin, and water. Turn heat up and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat down to medium-low and cover. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.
4. Stir in the quinoa and let simer, covered for another 20 minutes or so. Add the leafy greens and chickpeas and let cook for another 5 minutes, or until both the quinoa and the potatoes are cooked through.
5. Uncover and stir in the lemon juice before serving. If needed, season to taste with more salt.
Serves: 5 to 7


2 Responses to “Yam and Potato Quinoa Curry”

  1. 1 CG January 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Wow so glad I accidently found this site yesterday this sounds/looks incredible. So I made it (used fresh tomatoes instead of canned and substituted taro for potatoes which I’m allergic to and I chose kale as the green). Dynamite, thx

  2. 2 Carla April 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    What a great meal – nothing obscure in the ingredients yet the flavors are incredible.

    If there was only one vegan blog I could follow this would hands down be my pick.


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