Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

The yam in this (suran), is related to the sweet potato. However, that being said, do not look for a marshmallow topped, brown sugar filled concoction. This is definitely all curry, and is a bit spicy as well. Eat as a vegetarian main dish, or as a side dish to other recipes. If you cannot find suran, just substitute sweet potato or white potatoes. I am sure they would work well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat mustard oil or ghee in a large saucepan and add cumin seed.
  2. Cook 30 seconds or until fragrant, but do not burn.
  3. Add chopped onion, garlic, and cayenne pepper, cooking for several minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  4. Stir in diced yam, diced tomatoes, salt, and curry powder.
  5. Mix tamarind paste with warm water and add to pan.
  6. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until yam is tender, adding water if necessary to keep from sticking.
  7. Stir in thawed peas and cook for 1-2 minutes more, or until peas are tender.
  8. Serve garnished with chopped cilantro, with freshly steamed basmati rice (optional).
Most Helpful

This is a really yummy curry. A lot like aloo mutter, but with yams (I subbed sweet potatoes, actually). I used a teaspoon of mustard seeds in a tablespoon of oil, since I did not have mustard oil. I also omitted the cayenne, as the Hot Madras Curry Powder I used had plenty in it to make this spicy. Nice flavors!

Maito June 28, 2008