Spicy Sweet Potato Juliennes

A lot of health magazines are classing  sweet potatoes as one of the  most nutritious vegetables.  I will leave that debate to the experts.  I grew up eating sweet potatoes in curries, chips and crisps and enjoy them as they taste slightly better than the potato.   There are two varieties of sweet potatoes sold in most supermarkets – one with a slightly redder skin and white flesh and one with a lighter colour and yellow flesh. This recipe works with both varieties but the cooking time taken for the yellow flesh one is less. For this recipe, I used the white fleshed sweet potatoes.

Ingredients for 2 servings

2 medium to large sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 or 2 green chillies for garnishing


1. Wash and scrape the sweet potatoes

2. Cut them across into thick slices first and then cut  these slices into juliennes.

3. Heat the olive oil.

4. Add the sweet potatoes and season them with salt and pepper.

5.  Transfer to a microwave dish and cook for 5 minutes.

6.  Add lemon juice to the sweet potatoes and microwave for 2 more minutes.

7. Garnish them with green chillies and serve them as a side dish to any meal.

8.  For Hindus around the World the month of Shravan started last Saturday.  This is an auspicious month for Hindus and a lot of them will be fasting during this month. Some fast for the whole month eating only fruits, nuts, root vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes, milk and milk products and avoiding grains.  Sometimes a little innovation like this recipe can make the fasting foods more interesting.

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About Mina Joshi

Mina Joshi writes a vegetarian food blog, www.givemesomespice.com, and as a busy working Cambridgeshire mum, she specialises in quick and healthy authentic vegetarian recipes Both her father and father-in-law were experienced chefs who owned restaurants in East Africa and they shared their recipes and tips with Mina. She started her blog to pass on some of the old-fashioned dishes that might otherwise be lost. Mina believes that nothing beats home cooking and it is her aim to make everyone realise that cooking can be fun. also teaches vegetarian Indian cookery to adults at Evening classes at a Local College as well as in one to one classes in the Student's home where students can then invite friends to taste the dishes they have prepared. Follow Mina on Twitter @GiveMeSomeSpice
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