Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sweet Potato Chili

Did you know sweet potato is much better for health than regular potatoes? I was surprised when I learned it too. Try telling that to my in-laws who wouldn't eat anything that I cooked with this veggie. They would say it is bad for diabetic people even when I explained that it has low glycemic value than potatoes, which happens to be one of their favorite vegetable.
I usually make couple of Indian dishes with Sweet potato. Wanted to try something different and I happen to read a eating well magazine at a doctor's office. This recipe is largely adapted from that.
One year back - Vegan Mango Cake
Two years back - Butternut squash Pasta, Eggless Blueberry Coffee cake, Chewy Granola Bars 
Sweet potato - Peeled and cubed 2 small or 1 large
Red Onion - 1 large chopped or 2 small
Tomatoes - 1 can of diced tomatoes 14.5 Oz (Or use about 4 medium tomatoes)
Green chillies - 4 - 5 chopped fine or as per taste
Garlic - 4 cloves minced
Oil - 2 TBSP
Black beans - 1/2 cup dry (Or use 1 15 Oz can drained and rinsed)
Red kidney beans/Rajma - 1/2 cup dry (Or use 1 15 Oz can drained and rinsed)
Salt - to taste
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp or to taste
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Cilantro - chopped 3 - 4 TBSP (optional)

If using dried beans like I did, soak both the beans in water overnight. Pressure cook the beans till soft. Drain the beans reserving 1 1/2 cups of water that you cooked the beans in. If you are using canned beans, skip this step. In a pan, heat oil. When hot, add green chillies, chopped onion, garlic. Mix and sprinkle some salt and let it cook. When onions are cooked, add sweet potatoes. Add cumin, red chilli powder, cooked beans, tomatoes, reserved water. If using canned beans, add about 1 1/2 cups of water. Mix well and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and cover and let it cook till the sweet potato is soft. Add cilantro, adjust the salt if required and serve either with some bread or as is. We ate it as is like chunky soup.

Adjust the water quantity as per your need. You could use more veggies if you like. Something that goes very well is squash with this.
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  1. Sweet potato chili looks so delicious and mouthwatering.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. never tried chilli with sweet potatoes. also I think the variety of sweet potato that we get here is different. but it looks delicious.

  3. Super healthy and definitely satisfying delicious sweet potato chilli.

  4. Chili looks great.. Nice for cold winter weather!

  5. i think the keyword is sweet...:) since it is sweet potato.. it must be bad for health.. :)you should call it something else.. like weight loss potato:)
    the chili looks fab!

  6. Looks great! Never thought sweet potato can be used like this..


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