Friday, October 22, 2010

Sweet potato methi fry

We are finally savoring the crisp cold morning of fall season. Yes, so far, the mother nature was so generous to extend the high temperature in our neck of wood. Ok, I can hear you “how lucky..” wait not at all. We experienced an unusual cold summer this year. Do you believe we never had any scorching days this year? All my vegetable plants didn’t thrive well and what else just now my brinjal plant decided to bloom. I am not sure it gonna survive the weather :(  I am battling now how to save those purple beauties.

You can have a glimpse of my garden- the slideshow is not great!


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Fall is my most favorite season of the year.  As the day light starts slowly degrading, the leaves show their vibrant yellow, orange and red color. Not to mention all the produces from pumpkin, squashes, yam, sweet potatoes are abundant in market. I got the sweet potatoes planning to do soup. But I don’t regret doing this dry curry.

 Aloo methi is a very classy side dish in Indian cuisine; I replaced the potato with the sweet potato.  This dish has all the four taste together. Do you believe four tastes in one dish: bitter, sweet, spicy and tangy! The bitterness of methi leaves is balanced with the natural sweetness of the veggie; the chilli powder and the touch of Amchur powder create a unique dish.



Sweet potato methi fry

Ingredients:
Sweet potato: 2 medium (peeled-cubed)
Fresh methi leaves/fennugreek leaves: approxi 2 cups
Onion: ½ diced
Ginger-garlic: 1 tsp
Cumin: 1 tsp
Chilli powder: 1 tsp
Amchur powder: 1 tsp
Oil: 2 tsp
Salt: as per your taste

Preparation:
Sweet potato: peel, cube into bite size pieces and rinse in cold water
Fresh methi leaves:  pluck and rinse in water.

Method:
In microwave safe bowl add the sweet potato and enough water to cover the sw. potatoes.
Microwave for 5 minutes, at the last 4 minutes, take out and add ½ tsp salt and keep it back in microwave.
Heat oil in a sauté pan; add the cumin seeds, followed by onion, fry until they turn translucent.
Add the ginger-garlic paste; add the sweet potato, methi leaves and chili powder. Mix gently, adjust the salt and spice level, cook uncovered for 5 to 8 minutes.
At the end, sprinkle the Amchur powder (dry mango powder) and serve along with rice, roti.

30 comments:

Madhavi said...

Love the pic so much, it makes me hungry :))

swapna said...

yummy fry...nice twist by adding methi!! perfect with rice!!

sinfullyspicy said...

What a lovely variation of the classic dish..too good and as usual a gorgeous pic :)

Nandini said...

That's a very tasty side dish! You have a beautiful garden!

SS blogs here said...

Hey Cham.. I like this idea of going with the sweet potatoes! I like your mint and the plants. Even some home grown is better than none.

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy combo...love to try this

Swati said...

Hi Cham
Really nice to hear from you... the methi looks very inviting....

Happy Cook said...

Wish i had those fresh chillies in the slide show.
I can't see your other pic, it is just black, when i came y'day too coudn't see, so didn't comment ,b ut then today also can't see , it could be my computer too.

Prathibha said...

You have a very nice garden dear...lovely fry..never made wid sweet potato...sounds yummy

Priya said...

Such a fabulous looking sweet potatoes and methi fry, nice twist with sweet potatoes..beautiful garden u have Cham..

notyet100 said...

interesting combo of sweet potato with methi,hppy weekend

Cham said...

Happy cook: There is nothing with ur PC. Thanks to let me know, I will fix the image.

G.Pavani said...

new n sounds interesting n looks delicious..

Aparna S Mallya said...

Looks great!

Vandana Rajesh said...

Amazing sabzi cham...will go very well with chapatis. The pic is so good...liked the colors...but it is making me very hungry:)

aipi said...

It was very refreshing to see your site. I let out a deep sigh seeing your strawberry picture.. beautiful... I cook a lot with methi myself but again was refreshing to see it paired with sweet potato... first time visiting and I'm glad I did :)

Soma said...

Cham u grew strawberries!! I envy you :-) those cherry tomatoes are real cute too.

I think this is the best and most flavorful of all the savory sweet potato recipe I have come across. beautiful fall colors in it too.

Soma -www.ecurry.com

Divya Kudua said...

Hey Cham..so you are back!!Lovely recipe..have tasted aloo methi but sweet potatoes is a first!!

myspicykitchen said...

Love the color of the fry! Ofcourse the color of the methi is complementing the sweet potato... Very inviting bowl of sweet potato & methi fry

Usha said...

Love the idea of combining sweet potatoes and methi, never tried this combination before. Looks delicious !

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Unique combo,sounds cool,love the colour of the recipe!

Miri said...

When did you come back? I have missed your posts....the sweet potato must be awesome along with the bitter methi!

sanjeeta kk said...

I do make potato with methi, but this sounds good and healthy with sweet potato in it.

PreeOccupied said...

I can imagine a burst of flavors in my mouth. I love the flavor and fragrance of Methi...Have to go to an Indian store to get them, those tiny baby methi leaves are gorgeous.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Like that slide show very much. You have a green thumb ya:) sweet aloo methi is a different idea and seems so nice with all that basic tastes together. Happy Deepavali!

notyet100 said...

wish u and ur family happy diwali

Rachana said...

Wow! I would make this tomorrow... Bookmarked!

Miri said...

wish you a very Happy Diwali!

homecooked said...

Wow...it looks yummy Cham! Lovely click.

meeso said...

Yes! I love to see sweet potatoes, they just aren't used enough! Looks wonderful!