A dry curry that mixes broccoli and sweet potatoes with spices. This dry broccoli sweet potato curry makes for a good side dish or a main dish with rice or chapattis on the side. For those that find it hard to include greens into their daily diet, the addition of potatoes makes it that much easier to eat the greens. I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t go straight for the potato dish of any meal.Print Recipe Jump to Recipe
Broccoli is not traditionally used in Indian cooking but it pairs well with the potatoes and spices here. It’s actually not that surprising since broccoli is used in Thai food which uses some similar spices to Indian food.
This particular Curried Sweet Potato and Broccoli recipe was inspired by a dish my mom used to make when I was growing up. She took some of the basic principles of cooking potatoes and cauliflower in Indian cooking and used them on broccoli. The result was a success and one of our regular weeknight meals. My mom would always serve this dish with chapattis, rice and dal to make this a full meal. Traditional Indian meals consist of a vegetable curry, a lentil curry (dal), and chapattis and rice. The broccoli fit in perfectly. We must have had this curry once a month on the usual rotation and it still brings back memories of coming home after softball practice or other after school activities and mom would be cooking this or a similar curry and making chapattis on the stove while the evening news blared in the background.
Sweet potato is one of those ideal foods. It is loaded with good nutrients, healthier than regular potatoes and has a natural sweetness that plays wonderfully well in savory dishes. They are a great source of fiber and potassium and have less calories than regular potatoes. Even with these health benefits they still help to satisfy your starch craving while maintain a healthy diet.
First, start with a basic oil fry of mustard seeds which is the start of many a good Indian curry. Then you cook the potatoes as they will require a longer cooking time than the broccoli. Don’t be afraid to really cook the broccoli. Being a little overcooked will actually really absorb the spices.
Curried Sweet Potato & Broccoli
- 1 head broccoli, chopped small
- 1 small sweet potato, chopped small
- 2 tblsp oil
- 1/2 tsp asafoetida
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- Add oil and mustard seeds to the pan.
- Turn on the stove to med-high.
- When the seeds start popping, add the potatoes and stir.
- Cook the potatoes, stirring occasionally until you can break them apart with a wooden spoon.
- Add the broccoli and the other spices.
- Keep heat on med-high while stirring occasionally.
- Lower heat and cover about 10 min until broccoli is soft, Uncover a few times during 10 minutes and stir.
- Serve with rice, quinoa or chapattis.
Looking for another dry curry? Try our Curried Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes (Brussels Sprouts Indian Style)