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Malnutrition claims the lives of well over three million children a year.
Sweet potatoes have the power to provide much-needed nutrients like vitamins C, A and B6 to undernourished children, helping to avert stunting and ensuring proper growth. On top of that, sweet potatoes are relatively cheap to produce and easy to grow in uncertain conditions, perfect for regions prone to drought and famine.
Check out some sweet recipes from India. India is famous for its desi curries, spicy side dishes and mouth-melting sweet pies. I have collated three of my favourite dishes here. I have taken help from Awesome Cuisine in preparing this. Yes, that is one awesome recipe site.
Sweet Potato Halwa (Sweet dish)
Sweet Potato – 1 cup
Sugar – 4 to 5 tsp
Milk – 1 cup
Elaichi – 1 tsp
Cashew nuts – as required
Raisins – to garnish
Almonds – to garnish
Ghee – 4 tsp
Saffron Strands – 1 tsp, dissolved in 1/4 cup milk
Water – 1/2 cup
- Pressure the sweet potatoes for 3 to 4 whistles.
- Remove the skin, mash well and keep aside.
- In a pan add a little ghee.
- Add the mashed sweet potato and milk.
- Mix well.
- Add 4 tsp of sugar and mix again.
- Add 1/2 cup of water and elaichi powder. Let it simmer.
- Once it has thickened add the saffron strands with the milk and mix.
- Garnish with cashew nuts, raisins and almonds.
Sweet potato paratha (Indian bread made with Sweet potato)
Sweet Potato – 1 cup, boiled and mashed
Wheat Flour – 2 cups
Lemon Juice – 1 tblsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Green Chillies – 4
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
Coriander Leaves – little
Mint Leaves – a few
Coriander Cumin Powder – 2 tsp
Dried mango powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
- Mix together the flour with a pinch of salt, 2 tsp oil and make a very stiff dough, using very little water.
- To mashed sweet potato, add green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves, mint leaves, coriander-cumin powder, dried mango powder, garam masala along with lemon juice and some salt.
- Make a soft dough, break off small balls, keep aside.
- Take a small portion of the dough, make it into a cup using oil for doing so.
- Place a ball of sweet potato inside the cup, close, flatten on a floured board and roll lightly into a paratha.
- Transfer parathas onto a tawa on medium heat, cook on both sides.
- Apply ghee, raise the heat, and cook further till browned and crisp.
- Serve hot with chutney.
Sweet potato curry (spicy side dish for breads and rice)
250 gms Sweet Potatoes, boiled and sliced
1 medium Onion, minced
3 Green Chillies, minced
2 big Tomatoes, grated
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 Coconut, grated
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tblsp Coriander seeds
3 Garlic Flakes
few Curry Leaves
4 Red Chillies
handful of Coriander leaves, sliced
Salt to taste
- Grind coconut, red chillies, garlic, cumin and coriander seeds to a fine paste.
- Heat 2 tblsp of oil and fry the onions and green chillies till soft.
- Add tomatoes and spices and cook till the oil comes out.
- Once the oil comes out, add sliced sweet potatoes and ground paste.
- Put in 2 cups of water along with the remaining ingredients.
- Cook till the curry turns a little thick.
- Serve hot.
That is my favourite sweet potato dish. Yes, Spicy curry to have with my leavened Indian bread.You can just boil rice and have it with this curry. That is the best!!
There are scores of Sweet Potato recipes here in this link from INDIA.
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Photo Credit/Recipe Credit: Awesome Cuisine