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#Twist: Turning the Mundane into the Amazing – Sweet Potato Veg Gravy

I was inspired.

Thanks to a cousin, I was introduced to a versatile way of using potatoes – specifically, the south Indian way.

It was her potato chutney recipe that led me to bringing this gorgeous root vegetable to our table in a very different form.

I had all the vegetables I felt I needed.  That was a good start. Any number of sides for roti/chapati or any flat bread, after a while, may fall short of an inspiring breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Try this delicious dish next time you run into a ‘what to cook?!’ situation.  It will surely be a winner.  The luscious gravy with just the right amount of spice, a hint of sweetness with all the glorious vegetables providing the texture will doubtless satisfy, paired with some flat bread.


Sweet potato – 1 large
Vegetables chopped intoT small pieces – 3 cups.  I used cauliflower, carrot, green beans, peas which together made 3 cups.
Split black gram – 4 tsp (Urad dal)
Dry red chilies – 4 to 6 (milder red chilies, adjust to taste)
Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
Whole peppercorns – 2
Tamarind – 1 small gooseberry size or 1 teaspoon of tamarind concentrate
Freshly grated coconut – 4 tablespoon
Oil – 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
Asafoetida – 1 good pinch (hing)
Curry leaves – 6 to 8
Salt to taste


First cook the sweet potato with skin.  Peel off the skin and mash.
Cook/steam the vegetables until just tender.
Dry roast the urad dal, dry red chilies, fenugreek seeds and peppercorn until the dal turns brownish in colour.  Allow this to cool.
Grind the dry roasted spices with coconut and tamarind to form a smooth paste adding some water as needed.
In a pan, heat up the oil, splutter mustard seeds, add hing and curry leaves.
To this add cooked mashed sweet potato, mix.
Add cooked vegetables, mix.
Add the ground paste, mix adding 1 cup of water.
Add salt and bring to a boil while stirring on and off.
Serve with chapati/roti/any flat bread


Add additional water to gain consistency needed.



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