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This air fryer curry is delicious. The easiest ever curry in air fryer and made with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, spinach, and a creamy tikka masala sauce.

If you love a curry, and want an easy one to make first, then this air fryer curry recipe is for you.

Air Fryer Curry
Air Fryer Curry
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Curry Air Fryer

OMG curry air fryer you say????

I grew up on the English national dish as chicken tikka masala was my Dad’s favourite. The famous chicken curry was always served with a warm naan bread and usually involved either chips or rice (or both) and I still love it to this day.

But how about curry in air fryer?

You can saute in the meat or veggies in the air fryer basket like you would make a curry in the pan. Then add the sauce ingredients, let it finish off and you have a delicious curry.

You can also mix and match your air fryer curry. So instead of what they call the lame tikka masala you can swap for madras, korma, red thai, or another favourite of yours. You could also just add a jar of curry sauce to save any real prep – the choice is yours because it is your curry in the air fryer.

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Can You Cook Curry In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook curry in an air fryer and its delicious.

Air fryer curry works in a similar way to when you are cooking curry in a pan on the stovetop.

You sauté first your add ins, then add the curry sauce, then simmer.

Of course, with an air fryer curry you don’t have to stand over it and just need to return to the kitchen when the air fryer beeps.

Can You Cook Curry In Ninja Air Fryer?

Yes, you can also cook curry in Ninja Air Fryer and its even better, than in a standard air fryer basket.

That is because, you can remove the crisper plate and then transform your Ninja Air Fryer into a pan and then cook the curry sauce directly in the bottom, it becomes very efficient that way.

Can You Freeze Chickpea Curry?

Yes, you can freeze chickpea curry. I like to make my air fryer curry, let it cool down, which normally means having it for dinner, then assessing the leftovers.

Then transferring the leftover curry to freezer containers, labelling, and sealing and then placing in the freezer for another day.

Air Fryer Vegan Curry

This air fryer curry is vegan as is. This wasn’t intended to be, just that I love making a curry out of pantry staples. You can keep it vegan or add in other ingredients as you see fit. In Air Fryer Easy Everyday Cookbook we have it as a vegan recipe too – though in the book the naan bread we serve with it is vegetarian.

Curry Air Fryer Ingredients

Curry Air Fryer Ingredients

Dry – We split our air fryer curry recipe ingredients into wet and dry. You air fry the dry ingredients first before adding the wet. For dry we used sweet potato, and drained chickpeas.

Wet – Then for wet ingredients we had coconut milk, passata, thawed spinach, curry paste, ginger paste and then seasonings.

Can You Recommend An Air Fryer?

I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them. But if you would rather have a dual air fryer we recommend this Ninja Dual (make sure you order the right one as not all are good) or the Philips Dual.

How To Cook Curry In Air Fryer?

  • Dry. Starting with the dry ingredients. Add cubed sweet potato and olive oil and seasonings are air fry. Add in chickpeas and continue air frying until the sweet potatoes are to your liking. 
  • Wet. Whilst the air fryer is cooking the sweet potato and chickpeas, squeeze the extra moisture from the spinach, add all the sauce ingredients and mix well.
  • Combine. When the air fryer is done, combine everything and then pour into a container, or use the bottom of the Ninja Dual.
  • Cook. Finish by air frying until the sauce has reduced and you have a creamy and yummy air fryer curry recipe.

Curry Ninja Air Fryer

Ever since getting a Ninja Dual air fryer I have been obsessed with it. But the biggest admiration, is the ability to remove the crisper plate and then cook directly in the bottom.

We have done this for this curry in the air fryer and you can too. Or if you don’t have a Ninja Dual, you can place a silicone container into the air fryer at the point of when the sauce ingredients are added.

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Air Fryer Curry

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Air Fryer Curry

This air fryer curry is delicious. The easiest ever curry in air fryer and made with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, spinach, and a creamy tikka masala sauce.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • Peel and dice the sweet potato into small cubes. Place into a mixing bowl with a teaspoon of coriander, a generous seasoning of salt and pepper and the olive oil.
    How To Cook Curry In Air Fryer?
  • Mix well with your hands and place in the air fryer and spread out for an even cook. Air fry, the sweet potatoes for 20 minutes at 180c/360f or until fork tender.
    How To Cook Curry In Air Fryer?
  • Add the chickpeas and ¼ tsp of garam masala. Shake the air fryer or mix with a spatula for an even coating. Air fry for another 5 minutes at the same temperature.
    How To Cook Curry In Air Fryer?
  • In the meantime, prepare your sauce ingredients. Microwave the spinach for 3 minutes on full power if not thawed already, then use your hands to squeeze out the excess moisture.
    How To Cook Curry In Air Fryer?
  • Add all the sauce ingredients with the chickpeas and sweet potatoes into a container, or directly in the bottom of the Ninja Dual and mix well.
    How To Cook Curry In Air Fryer?
  • Air fry the curry for 10 minutes at 180c/360f or until piping hot and reduced.
    How To Cook Curry In Air Fryer?
  • When it is ready it will have a curry colour to it and the sweet potato will be a little crispy on touch.
    How To Cook Curry In Air Fryer?


Flavours. You can mix and match with any favourite curry seasoning. You can also skip the process of making our sauce by using a jar of bought sauce.
Thanks for reading all about curry in an air fryer on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love some chips with your curry, do try our air fryer chips, or if you prefer rice why not try our instant pot pilau rice.


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 1119mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 8mg
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About Sam & Dom

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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  1. 5 stars
    What a great way to do a curry. I never thought about using chickpeas as i have never tried them but i actually liked them and i love curry and they rest of the clan enjoyed it as well.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I love chickpeas and do your recipe for them in the air fryer all the time, this was delicious and will be doing it again but only for me as i am the only one that likes it 😀