Sweetpotato Soundsystem Ital Recipes

The sweet potato a highly nutritious root vegetable used globally and now becoming very popular in the west.

Although called potatoes, they are roots, not tubers and have nothing in common with ordinary potatoes, apart from they are underground products of the Americas.

The word potato comes from the spanish patata which comes from the Arawak Indian (the original native tribes of Jamaica, wiped out by the British and the slave traders) word for sweetpotato 'batatas'.

This nutrient-dense food also contains many anti-cancer properties. It's loaded with beta-carotene, which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus from cancer-causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane. They are also very rich in vitamin A.

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Roast mix.

Instead of the usual roast potatoes, why not try a mix of sweet potato, cassava, yam, parsnip and squash. Cooked in the same way as you usually would. Or deep fry for chips with a difference.

Sweet potato with sultanas and cinnamon. (Morocco)


3 medium sized sweet potatoes
1 onion in half rings
5cm stick of cinnamon
3 tbl spoons sultanas
5 tbl spoons of olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1-2 tsp caster sugar

Peel and slice sweet potatoes into chunks.
Heat the oil in a large pan, when hot add the cinnamon and onion for 3 minutes.
Then add the sweet potato for 6 minutes (or until everything has started to brown).
Add 175ml of water, the salt, ginger, sultanas, cayenne pepper and sugar.
Bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for 8 minutes (or until everything is tender).

There should be no liquid left in the pan.
Serve immediately.

Sri Lankan sweet potato with cardamon and chilies.


2 large sweet potatoes
3 onions in half rings
3 red chilies
2 cardamon pods
7.5cm stick of cinnamon
20 fresh curry leaves
1-3 tsp crushed red chilies
1 1/2 tbl spoons of lime juices
5 tbl spoons of vegetable oil
1-1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric

Cut sweet potatoes into 2cm chunks.
Put into a large pan and cover with water.
Add turmeric, then boil until tender but firm and drain.

Pour oil into wok over a medium heat.

When hot put in red chilies, cardamon pods and cinnamon and curry leaves.
Stir and add onions.
Cook for 6 minutes (or until onions are browned).
Add sweet potatoes, crushed chilies, salt and lime juice.
Cook till everything is tender.

Remove cinnamon and cardamon pods before serving.
Ideal served with coconut rice.

Goan Sweetpotato Curry - Courtesy of Tiger Canisha Resturant Agonda Goa India
1/2 kg sweetpotato - peeled and diced

Dry roast and grind to a paste -
250g desiccated coconut
4 cloves
1tsp coriander seed
2 sticks cinnamon
4 black pepper corns
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp turmuric
4 dry red chillies
1" piece of ginger

1 onion
20 curry leaves
1 fresh tomato
2tblsp coconut oil
2 tsp salt

Fry chopped onion till golden add chopped tomato and curry leaves and fry, add sweetpotato and fry. Add 200 ml water, salt and cook for 5 minutes. Add spice paste and cook till sweetpotato is tender. Add more salt chilli and fresh coriander to taste and serve.

Amar & Chandra Kalakoti South Indian Coconut Rice

1/2 Fresh Coconut Grated
2 Tblsp Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Mustard Seed
1 Tblsp Urid Dall
3 dry red chill
Hand full Fresh Curry Leaves
Salt to Taste

4 - 6 portions of cooked Basmati Rice

Heat coconut oil in a wok and fry mustard seed until it pops and turns grey, then add dry chillies and the dry Urid dall and fry until they brown. Then add fresh curry leaves that splutter in the oil and then the fresh grated coconut. Fry gently for several minutes until the coconut strands start to turn golden and crispy remove from heat and add salt to taste. Mix with the pre cooked rice and serve with any of the Sweetpotato curries above.