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Sweet potato and sugar snap peas curry

Written By Reena on 25 Jun 2010 | 05:00

This is the perfect early summer dish from my mum's side of the family.  It is delicately spiced and combines new potatoes, sugar snap peas and sweet potatoes in a fabulous vegetable medley.  My auntie's family all go crazy for it at this time of the year and so I thought I would share it with you so that you could see what all the fuss is about.

Serves 2-3 as a main course

  • 1 tablespoon light tasting vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons ajwain seeds
  • A pinch asafoetida (optional)
  • A pinch bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 red chillies
  • 500 grams new potatoes
  • 1 large sweet potato - peeled and chopped into bite sized chunks
  • 150 grams sugar snap peas
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. In a large pan heat the vegetable oil.
  2. Add the ajwain seeds and let them cook for a minute or two.
  3. Now add the asafoetida, bicarbonate of soda, salt and turmeric and whole red chillies (don't chop them) and stir well.
  4. Using a sharp knife slice the potatoes in four from the top to 2/3 of the way down.  This is so that the flavours of the spices penetrate the potatoes during the cooking process.
  5. Add the potatoes, sweet potato, peas and water and stir well.
  6. Place a lid on the pan and cook on a low heat stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.  The dish is ready when the potatoes and sweet potatoes are fully cooked - in the region of 40 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.

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  1. I will try this soon. It sounds really great!
    I hope, that you will like the Avocado ice cream with the Gazpacho. On a different blog I saw somebody serving this ice cream with smoked salmon.

  2. Hi Karin. Let me know if you like it - it's very unusual. The ajwain gives it a very distinctive flavour. Reena

  3. Hi Reena, first time here, I love the flavor of ajwain seeds in the subzi.

  4. Hi Pari. Thank you for dropping by. Glad you liked the flavour! Take care. Reena

  5. Looks delicious! And I love the way the green background makes it stand out and look very summery! I'll still have to try making one of your curries, maybe it's a project for the weekend! xx

  6. Thanks Anne. Let me know if you give it a go. Enjoy the weekend. Reena