Sweet and spicy Indonesian Rendang curry with smokey aubergine and sweet potato. This is a very versatile dish, the sweet potato can be substituted for a variety of different root vegetables such as parsnips, white potatoes or squashes. This is a Hannah's Bitchin' Kitchen absolute favourite, ultimate flavour and ultimate comfort food.


1/2 cup Shredded / desiccated coconut

Spice Paste

1 inch piece fresh ginger root

1/2 inch piece fresh turmeric root

4 garlic cloves

1 tsp lemongrass paste or 1 lemongrass stick

4 dried or fresh red chillies

1 large White onion

1 medium Sweet potato

1 large Aubergine

1 tin of Chickpeas

1 can of coconut milk

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 kaffir lime leaves

2 star anise

1 Tbsp maple syrup or agave

1 tsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp garam masala powder

Squeeze of lemon juice

Few fresh coriander leaves


In a frying pan, dry fry the shredded / desiccated coconut until golden brown and toasted. Set aside and save some for the garnish later.

In a blender (I use the bullet blender) add the ginger and turmeric root, lemongrass, garlic and red chillies. Add a splash of water and blend into a paste.

In a heavy bottom frying pan or casserole dish, heat a little coconut oil and fry the white onion until translucent. Add the minced garlic and the spice paste and fry on a medium heat until aromatic. Tip in the sweet potato and aubergine and saute until the vegetables start to soften.

Add the coconut milk and the toasted coconut and give everything a good stir to incorporate all the spice paste. Add in the chickpeas, kaffir lime leaves, star anise, maple syrup, soy sauce and garam masala and cook on a low to medium to heat, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the sweet potatoes are soft. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice, fresh coriander leaves and a little toasted coconut.

Serve with rice or pitas / flatbreads and a dollop of vegan yoghurt. We served this with thai fragrant rice cooked with turmeric, cashews and peas.

H x

I hope you enjoyed his recipe, looking for something similar? Try my super tasty Red Thai Sweet Potato & Mango Curry.

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