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Sweet Potato-Yam Curry

yam curryIt’s been almost a week since I posted a recipe. We had some of our friends (including nithu and her husband ganesh) visiting us and we were busy playing host. They were in town to see the Detroit International Auto Show and it was a great experience to see all the new vehicles. Nithu and I had a great time.

Sweet potatoes or Yam are rich in nutrients such as dietary fiber, beta carotene (equivalent to Vitamin A), Vitamin C & Vitamin B6. I knew it was better than potatoes, but this is what Wikipedia has to say about it:

In 1992, the Center for Science in the Public Interest compared the nutritional value of sweet potatoes to other vegetables. Considering fiber content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value. According to these criteria, sweet potatoes earned 184 points, 100 points over the next on the list, the common potato.(NCSPC)

Here is a simple recipe to include sweet potato in your usual diet.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
No of servings: 4-5

Spice Level: 2 out of 5


  • Sweet potato : 1(large)
  • Onions : 1/2 (cut lengthwise)
  • Tomato : 1
  • Curry leaves : 4 to 5
  • Oil : 2 tbsp
  • Red chili powder : 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
  • Garlic : 3
  • Green chili : 4
  • Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal : 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp
  • Sambhar powder : 1 tbsp

Method of preparation :

  1. Steam cook the sweet potato upto 8 minutes in high heat.
  2. Peel them and cut in to cubes. Keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan add the seasonings ( Mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds ).
  4. After it sputters add the onions fry them till it becomes golden brow, now add the green chili and garlic fry them for 4 minutes.
  5. Now add the tomato and curry leaves fry them for few minutes.
  6. Add the sweet potato in to above mixture sautee it well and add all the masalas (red chili powder, turmeric powder, sambar powder) and required salt.
  7. Fry until the raw smell off masalas goes away.And remove it from heat.

Serve it hot with rice and sambar 🙂

yam curry


  1. Yum, I love sweet potatoes made up any which way. You are living only an hour away from me in East Lansing, that is where I met my boyfriend 🙂 I use to spend a lot of time there last year…what a small world 🙂

  2. Hi Meeso, yes it is an incredibly small world 😀 . I love East Lansing and the Spartans.
    Sweet Potatoes are my favorite too.

  3. missed your posts nithu&shriya. yam curry is looking good.

  4. Never used sweet potatoes to make curry. Looks good.

  5. Looks good

  6. Thanks for your love, lavi. 🙂

    Let me Know if you try it, Daily Meals.

    Thanks Happy cook.

  7. I’ve never been a big fan of sweet potatoes, but this sure does look yummy!

  8. Me too have never tried with sewwt potatoes.Have tried the same way with regular potatoes using the same ing!:)
    Thanks for sharing,Shriya 🙂

  9. Hey Tish, let me know if you try it.

    Bharathy.. sweet potato curry goes great with a hot curry like Vathakuzhambu

  10. Shriya,

    Thank you very much for this recipe!

    I just finished making it with what I had available, having to use canned and cubed tomatoes rather than whole, and without the Urad dal or Sambhar powder. Also I pealed the yams before.

    All in all it turned out delicious! I’ll have to try it again with pealing the yams after steaming, since I think this would produce a more solid yam rather than the mushy yams I created, and with all the other ingredients. But I am enjoying it greatly!

    This was my first attempt at a curry such as this other than lentil curries I have made in the past, and it was a nice introduction to it.

    Thanks again, and hope to see more recipes from you!
    D. Gerhardt

  11. I googled ‘sweet potato recipes’ and came across this site. I just finished making this and it tastes very good! Thanks for the recipe


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