Friday, January 6, 2012

Spicy Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry

 I am finally on the last few recipes using up my 24lbs of sweet potatoes. When I last left my sweet potato saga, I had 8lbs left to go.  I tried really hard to make new recipes with all the potatoes, although I was tempted many times to revisit some of my favorite recipes to use them up. This recipe came together due to my laziness not to create two separate dishes for our rice and curry meal.  My original intention was to make spicy sweet potato curry and a green kale mellun dish.   I was short on time, so I decided to improvise and throw in some frozen chopped spinach with the sweet potatoes.  Sometimes laziness pays off.  This dish was such a big hit and the whole family really loved it.  Now I only have 4 more pounds left... I may just have to go and buy more....   :) 

You will need about 3-4 lbs of boiled sweet potatoes.   You need the potatoes fork tender, but still firm so they stay intact when you are frying them with the other ingredients.  If you over boiled them, they could turn into spicy "mashed" potatoes and although it's still tastes good, it's not the final result you want.  
Cut the potatoes into 1- 1.5 inch cubes 

Other Ingredients:   
1 large onion sliced
10-20 curry leaves
2-3 green chilies (serrano/jalapeno) sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 Tbs of red chili flakes (or to taste)
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1 Tbs of red chili powder (or to taste)
Salt to taste
8oz of frozen chopped spinach (or fresh)

In a large pan, heat 2Tbs of canola oil until hot.

Add the curry leaves, cinnamon stick and fry for a few seconds.

Then add the onions and green chilies and fry on medium-high heat for 5 minutes.  You want the onions softened and starting to brown.

Next add your dry spices and salt.  Fry for 1 minute. Then add your frozen spinach and heat through.

 Add your boiled sweet potatoes and stir well with all the other ingredients.  Fry for a few minutes until all the flavors have a time to marry together.  Then taste for salt and salt dish as needed.

Enjoy with rice, chapathi, roti etc... Serves 6-8

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