Spicy Yam Curry

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

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  1. Pneuma
    What a healthy delicious dish! I don't think I cooked it for 25 mins since the yams cooked quickly than I expected. Served this with Recipe #167611 and Recipe #46476 for dinner. Thanks! Made for ZWT4.
  2. Maito
    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 Recipe #174350 I used had plenty in it to make this spicy. Nice flavors!
  3. *Parsley*
    Excellent! This recipe has such a great combination of flavors and it's quite easy to make. I loved the fresh cilantro garnish. To my delight, my kids liked it! Thanx for sharing. I'll make this again!


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