Monday, July 7, 2014

Rugiyya Dhatha's Sweet Potato Curry

Rugiyya Dhatha is my paternal uncle's wife ( aka aunt) , she is wonderful cook and a hardworking stay at home mum. She was in Male' City recently and stayed with us during her stay here.  I told her I loved her sweet potato curry which she served for lunch when we went to her place in Kulhudhufushi.  

There are various kinds of sweet potatoes I used a a reddish skinned one with white flesh. The orange ones are too sweet and tends to go mushy but you can use them if you dont have any.

Recipe:  Sweet Potato Curry

275g  peeled , cubed  sweet potatoes
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
2 big onions or 3 medium sized ones, sliced
10 black peppercorns
2-3 sprigs curry leaves
3" pandan leaf, cut into large pieces
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp Maldivian roasted  curry powder ( home made or shop bought)
1/2 tsp  cumin seeds
1 tsp tumeric powder
6-8 green cardamon  pods
2" piece  cinnamon
600 ml water
3 tsp dried coconut powder ( Or use 60 ml packed coconut milk)
1/4  scotch bonnet ( or a few green chillies slit in half lenght wise, about 3)
100g thinly sliced smoked tuna fish( optional)
1/4 lime or cheek of a lime

Sweet potato tends to discolour, so place it in bowl filled with water and a little lime juice.

Prepare  your curry paste by placing grated coconut, a small handful of onion, say half of one onion ( if big) , 10 curry leaves, peppercorns, 1 clove of garlic, tumeric,  curry powder,the seeds of the cardamon pods and little bit off the cinnamon( not the whole thing)   into a wok or frying pan  and roasting them over a medium heat, stirring or tossing occasionally till they release the aroma and the coconut starts to get toasted.

 Remove, cool and place in  blender with about 5 tbsp water and blend to a smooth paste with a tiny pinch of salt.

Spoon the paste into a small bowl, remove 1/4 cup of the paste and place in the blender again along with another  small handful of onion ( the next half of 1 onion) the remaining garlic clove, cumin seeds, grated ginger and pulse to a smooth paste.

Take a small pot ( saucepan of casserole) ,heat about 2-3 tbsp oil and  fry the remaining onions, till golden, remove to a plate and set a side. Pour 500ml water into the  same pot( add 600 ml if using packed coconut milk), mix in the  first batch of curry paste you prepared into  water. Add pandan leaves, cinnamon stick , scotch bonnet ( roughly chopped), smoked tuna and sweet potato.

Place the pot over a medium heat, cook half covered for about 10 minutes, add the second batch of curry paste you prepared cook a further 5 minutes. Mix the coconut powder with the remaining 100 ml of water and stir this into the curry( if using packed coconut milk, stir it in, no need to use water). Taste adjust salt. If you like a thinner gravy add a little more water.  Squeeze in lime juice and switch off. Serve with rice and a salad. Enjoy!!


  1. I love sweet potatoes & I'm simply loving this curry...

  2. Lovely curry ...beautiful blend of spices!

  3. this looks great got to love relatives who cook well :-)n

  4. Hi Nammi,
    I love sweet potato in curries and spicy dishes. It has been a while since I had any. Your curry looks delicious and perfect with hot steaming white rice!


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