I have always loved sweet potatoes, and, being British, I have some serious love going on for curries too. My favourite, though, is the African-style curry that tends to be less creamy, heavier on the cinnamon and so hearty that you sit there satisfied for a good hour afterwards.
This is based on the great curry they serve at Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market, although I can’t quite remember if they use sweet potato!
This is incredibly easy to make and keeps so well for a few days that it’s even better then!
2 cups sweet potato, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 red pepper, diced
2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable stock
2 cups fresh spinach, torn
1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped
1/2 cup sweet peas, frozen
In a large pan, heat the oil then fry the onion and garlic until translucent
Add in the cardamom, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper and fry for a minute or so, until aromatic
Add in the diced sweet potato and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes
Add in the red pepper, chopped tomatoes, veg stock and stir, then put the lid on the pan and cook for at least 30 minutes, until the sweet potato is tender. If you have time to leave it for an hour at this stage, do so!
Stir in the frozen peas and cook for 5 more minutes
Add in the spinach and fresh coriander, and cook for 2-3 more minutes
Remove from the heat and serve with brown rice or flatbreads. This tastes absolutely gorgeous after a day in the fridge!
I got a little sick this weekend and this was the perfect antidote; warming, comforting and chock full of those helpful little spices. Great for summer or winter, this is especially easy to make in large batches for when you’ve got more hungry mouths coming for dinner!
As well as being totally delicious, sweet potatoes are good sources of beta carotene, vitamins C and B6, iron, calcium and protein. The spinach brings even more iron to this dish, and humble peas even have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Do you need any more reason to cook up a bowl of this awesome curry?