Curry Smashed Potato Stew

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This Smashed Potato Stew recipe is made with a warm coconut sauce filled with aromatic curry spices, and the creamy, buttery Dutch Yellow Potatoes have never been better! This potato stew is ideal for a cozy dinner in the cooler months. Curry Smashed Potato Stew Recipe in a bright red serving pot with lid in background and fresh green and red chiles on top.

My recipe inspiration comes from all over — anything from the produce that’s in season and the temperature outside, to the mood I’m in and flavors I’m craving.

My inspiration can also be artwork I see in books, aromas in the air, what’s in my pantry, and a million things in between.

Believe it or not, this potato stew recipe was inspired from a beautiful red, ceramic serving pot that my aunt game me.

She’d never had the perfect occasion to use it and said she could imagine it filled with a hearty soup or stew in one of my photographs.

Melissa's Produce mesh bag of Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes.

I received a bundle of Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes from Melissa’s Produce with a new kitchen tool called a Smood, from Dreamfarm, and created this smashed potato stew.

And it looks (and tastes) fabulous in the red pot. 🙂 

Dozens of oiled and salted, raw Dutch Yellow Potatoes on a baking sheet.

Dutch Yellow Potatoes

Look at these fantastic Dutch Yellow Potatoes. The skin is thick a gold-yellow color and the inside is creamy and rich.

Raw Dutch Yellow Potatoes and a Smood potato smasher on a baking sheet.

“Smashing” the potatoes with the Smood makes them ideal for soaking up the curry flavors in the stew.

ginger pulp in a heart-shaped measuring spoonAbove image: This is how the ginger should look for this recipe. It’s easiest to us a microplane zester.

Making Smashed Potato Stew

I’m not usually interested in specialized kitchen tools. I’m more of a DIY chef — I typically smash potatoes with the bottom of my smallest sauté pan. However, the Smood intrigued me.

Yukon gold roasted potatoes with a potato smasher in black pan

It smashes roasted, boiled or steamed potatoes with ease and no mess. More importantly, it keeps the buttery texture of the potatoes without ruining the nicely crisped skin. 

You can use as much pressure as you’d like — the more pressure used, the more you mash. 

Dutch Yellow Potatoes being smashed for Curry Smashed Potato Stew recipe.

Enjoy! I’m hoping this becomes one of your favorite potato stews!

Curried Smashed Potato Stewin red pot with lid behind it

This is not a sponsored post.  Melissa’s Produce gave me the potatoes for recipe testing and Dreamfarm gave me the Smood for review.  As always, I only write about things I love. 

Smashed Potato Stew in red pot

Curry Smashed Potato Stew

In a warm coconut sauce filled with aromatic curry spices, the rich and creamy, buttery textured Dutch Yellow Potatoes have never been better!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword comfort food recipes for fall and winter, vegan stew recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 350kcal


  • 3 pounds Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes, washed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus a bit more for the pan)
  • 3 cups yellow onion, large dice
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic, minced
  • tablespoons ginger pulp (from approximately 2 X 1½-inch ginger root)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced Thai chile pepper (or other hot pepper -- see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • teaspoons ground cardamom
  • teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • approximately 2 dozen fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • a few thin red or green jalapeño slices for garnish


  • Set the oven and prep the potatoes. Preheat the oven to 400° F, adjust a rack to the center, and add the potatoes in an even layer to a sheet pan. Drizzle them with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Move the pan around to be sure all of the potatoes are evenly coated.
  • Roast the potatoes. Once it's preheated, place the sheet pan in the oven and roast the potatoes until they’re tender when pierced with a fork, about 40 minutes. Jiggle the pan to move the potatoes around about halfway through the cooking time. The skins should be wrinkled and slightly golden when they're done.
  • While the potatoes are in the oven, cook the onions, garlic, ginger and peppers. Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and place it over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until they're soft and a bit golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger pulp and chili pepper to the onions. (The ginger is most easily grated into a pulp with a microplane zester.)
  • Add sugar and spices. Cook for about 3 minutes, and then add the brown sugar, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon and cloves and stir. Cook until this is very aromatic, about 1 minute.
  • Add coconut milk and tomatoes, and simmer. Add the coconut milk, stock and tomatoes. Stir to blend, bring to a boil, and then turn the heat to low and simmer gently until it thickens slightly, about 15 minutes.
  • Smash and add the potatoes. While the potatoes are still hot on the sheet pan, gently press them down to "smash" them. You can use a smooth-bottomed meat mallet, the bottom of a small sauté pan, or a Smood.
    Add the smashed potatoes and gently coat them well with the sauce.
  • Add basil and season. Stir in the basil leaves and then season to taste with salt and pepper. (Here's How to Season to Taste.)
  • Serve. You can serve immediately, but the longer the potatoes sit in the sauce, the more it will seep inside of them and the flavor will be more intense.


The amount of chili pepper you add depends on the level of heat you like. One teaspoon of a very hot pepper will give you a medium-mild result.
Calorie count is only an estimate.


Calories: 350kcal

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