Recipe: Narasimhan’s Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Spinach Madras Curry

A Sth Indian dry curry — vegetables sauteed with spices. Delicious.

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Nachi's Madras Curry

Narasimhan’s Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Spinach Madras Curry

I have a friend, Narasimhan, from Tamil Nadu, who cooks this for me often! Regularly he arrives at my place, bearing this and a bunch of roses, asking only that I cook some rice. It is one of the best vegetable curries that I have tasted, or maybe it is the smell of the roses that biases my tastebuds.

This recipe makes a lot. Feel free to make half quantities to feed 3 – 4.

1 large sweet potato, about 650 – 700 g, peeled and cut into 2-2.5 cm cubes 1 large eggplant, about 450 g, cut into 2-2.5 cm cubes 500 g of spinach, blanched, dried and chopped.
1 Tblspn cumin seeds 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 Tblspn Madras Sambar Powder (buy or make your own) or Curry powder
1 tspn black mustard seeds 1 tspn salt 0.25 tspn turmeric powder
50 ml sunflower oil 2 Tblspn chopped coriander leaves

Heat oil in a heavy-based saucepan on low heat. When hot, add the mustard seeds and allow to pop. Add the garlic and cumin seeds, and stir fry until garlic turns a golden brown colour.

Add the sweet potato pieces and cook for 5 minutes until the sweet potato is half cooked. Stir occasionally. Add a little water, just a Tblspn or two, if it needs it. Mix in the eggplant cubes, spinach, sea salt, turmeric powder and cook on low-medium heat until the sweet potato and eggplant is tender, adding a little water if it needs it.

Remove dish from stove and stir in the coriander leaves.

Allow the dish to sit for 15 -30 minutes and serve with rice and/or naan.

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Nachi's Madras Curry

 

This is cross posted with our sister site, A Life Time of Cooking. It appears here as part of the Retro Recipes series.

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