Cook's Hideout: Sweet Potato Curry with Peanut sauce

April 20, 2013

Sweet Potato Curry with Peanut sauce

Blogging Marathon# 27: Week 3/ Day 5
Theme: Seasonal Dishes - Fall Entree
Dish: Sweet Potato Curry with Peanut Sauce
Before I talking about Fall and the dish, just wanted to tell you what my 5 year old asked me this morning: "Weekend separates one week from the other, that means weekend has to be really strong, right??" I was like 'I guess so', not knowing what else to tell him.
We say fall is in the air as soon as the days start to get shorter. We have sunlight until around 8:30PM in summers i.e., June-August. Around the end of August, it starts to get dark around 7:00PM and nights start to get chilly. There's a slight nip in the air and the trees start slowly changing color. Its beautiful to watch trees go from green-yellow-red, very pretty. What's not pretty is when the leaves start to fall and you have to clean the yard constantly :-(
Sweet Potato Curry with Peanut sauce
We crave for dishes that are spicy, warm and comforting. This is one such dish that gets its spiciness from ginger, garlic and some good dose of sriracha hot sauce. It is quick and easy to make too, perfect for weeknight meals. I added some chopped Chinese Broccoli, but any hearty greens like kale, collard greens or swiss chard can be used.
Sweet Potato Curry with Peanut sauce
Sweet Potato - 2 medium, chopped
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Chinese Broccoli - 2 cups, chopped (or use Kale, Swiss Chard or Collard greens)
Ginger - 1tbsp, finely grated
Garlic - 2 cloves, finely grated
Peanut Butter - ¼cup (alternately grind some roasted peanuts to a paste)
Tomato paste - 2tbsp
Sriracha sauce - 2tsp (or adjust as per taste)
Curry Powder - 1tsp (I used Madras Curry powder)
Coconut milk - 1 cup (optional)
Salt and pepper - to taste

  • Combine peanut butter and tomato paste in a bowl. Add 2-3 tbsp water to get a saucy consistency. Set aside.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan, add ginger and garlic and cook until they are fragrant. Next add onions and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Next add sweet potato and coconut milk (or just use 1 cup of water or vegetable broth), bring to a boil and cover and simmer until sweet potato is just tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Next add the chopped greens and cook until they are wilted, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the peanut butter-tomato paste slurry, curry powder, sriracha sauce, salt and pepper. Add water if the curry looks too thick. Simmer for 5 minutes for all the flavors to mingle.
Serve hot with brown rice, quinoa or a chunk of bread.
Sweet Potato Curry with Peanut sauce
Lets check what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 27.


  1. Sweet potato with peanut sauce combination sounds delicious.

  2. this is so cool..the flavors of satay in a curry

  3. very unusual ingredients for a curry ,for me, looks deliciious and fulfilling

  4. Thats a wonderful and aromatic curry, wat a wholesome dish,love to have for my dinner tonite.

  5. So very delicious. I love the colours and the flavours. Will try it in our not so cold winters.

  6. Very interesting indeed. This sure sounds good with bread chunks

  7. Combo is too delicious to pass!! Kids have a very interesting sense of humor, don't you think??

  8. Very beautifully presented Pavani. I love everything about that picture. The recipe is also new for me.

    And the weekend question is so cute :)

  9. Loved your kid's conversation..:) kids really come out with such tough questions to answer that plate and the way you have taken it!

  10. Haven't tried curry with sweet potatoes.

  11. Loved the convo. Beautiful presentation!!1

  12. You know what, I dread every sesaon here. Sring and summer bring the lawn mowing chore,Fall - the clean up from our trees and both the neighbors as well and snow shovelling during winter and particularly when husband is travelling around, on his work.
    Never cooked sweet potatoes in this combo. Now I need to check what Chinese broccoli is. :)


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