sweet potatoes with coconut, curry and mint
Sweet Potatoes are simmered in coconut milk and vegetable broth with curry and spices. The dish is finished with cilantro, mint and lime and a scattering of roasted cashews for crunch. It is naturally vegan, paleo, whole30 and gluten-free.
This post was originally shared on March 27th, 2011. I have updated the images and text today.
This time of year is one of the hardest times of the year to eat local and seasonal ingredients here in New England. Pete’s Greens, one of Vermont’s biggest year round CSA providers refers to this time of year somewhat bleakly as, “The most challenging time of the year to be a local eater in our climate.” Cooks really have to get creative with root crops, frozen and canned crops from the previous year and hot house greens while we wait for spring and the first ramps (wild leeks), fiddlehead ferns and asparagus to make their appearance on our menus.
Thankfully sweet potatoes are among the random roots we can scrounge up right now. Yesterday I was in the market and they had a whole Sweet Potato section! There were white sweet potatoes and even purple sweet potatoes!
The American Dietetic Association says they’re “packed with vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium. A medium-sized sweet potato contains three grams of fiber and just 160 calories, making it a good nutritional choice any time of year.”
I hope you’ll agree that sweet potatoes are not just good for you, they are also a great choice for your taste buds too!
In this recipe, the sweet potatoes are peeled and chunked up into big pieces. Then they’re simmered in coconut milk and vegetable broth flavored with curry and spices. At the end, I threw in tons of chopped fresh mint and cilantro. I also added in a pop of brightness in the form of lime juice and a handful of crunchy roasted cashews for texture contrast.
More Sweet Potato Recipes
This recipe for Mashed Five Spice Sweet Potatoes is creamy and sweet! So good!
These Lemony Roasted Sweet Potatoes are paleo and go great with a lot of wintertime meals.
This Sweet Potato BReakfast Hash is paleo friendly as well and is great as a side dish for brunch. Plus it can be meal prepped.
This may sound strange but this Sweet Potato and Peanut soup is absolutely amazing!
Stephanie’s Brown Rice Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes always gets great reviews.
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Sweet potatoes are simmered in coconut milk and vegetable broth, with curry. They’re finished with cilantro, mint and a sqeeze of lime, plus a handful of roasted cashews for crunch. It is a healthy side dish or main course. Vegan, paleo, gluten-free and whole 30.
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 ½ teaspoon curry powder
- 1 cup “lite” coconut milk
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1 ½-inch chunks, about 3 large
- ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup chopped roasted unsalted cashews
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Pulse mustard seeds and fennel seeds in a spice mill or coffee grinder until roughly ground. Alternatively mash in a mortar and pestle.
- Swirl olive oil in a large skillet, add garlic, curry powder and the ground seeds and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, vegetable broth and salt, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Add sweet potatoes, cover and return to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a brisk simmer, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat stir in mint, cilantro, cashews and lime juice and serve.
0 g Added Sugars, 0 mg Cholesterol
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 28 minutes
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cup or 1 1/2 cup
- Calories: 160
- Sugar: 4 g
- Sodium: 440 mg
- Fat: 9.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 5 g
- Carbohydrates: 17.5 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 2.6 g
Keywords: Vegan sweet potatoes,curried sweet potato
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Need a good laugh? Here are some of the images from the original post.