Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Chilli Pickled Sweet Potato Stew with Borlotti Beans

The weather has been so changeable today.  Bursts of rain followed by bursts of sunshine and its been like this on and off all day.  On the way back home to the bus stop, I even got caught under the cold sharp hailstones that hurt my cheeks feeling like sharp glass that would cut.  My ears are aching too from the gusty wind.  As you can imagine, I am glad to be finally home. 

This Chilli Pickled Sweet Potato Stew was a bit like the weather today.  Bursts of sweetness and then bursts of spice, but it was welcomed.  I have been making light stew like dishes and have been drowning in sweet potatoes at home that have been part of my meal most of last month.  So here is another, but this one is infused with a generous dose of Chilli Pickle: Mr Naga Hot Chilli Pickle to be more precise
D will eat anything I give him, okra, aubergine and even ... but he draws the line when I present him with a little dish of Achaar aka Indian style pickles, he really dislikes it for a couple of reasons. The pungent smell when you open the jar mostly from the mustard oil; and secondly it can stain your clothing.  But I grew up eating mango and lime pickle, so sometimes my pangs crave for its twang.  

Its not an ingredient I cook with much, its often served as an side to enhance a meal, but I decided to incorporate it in meals that he would eat and that was a good  tactic.  The last time I cooked with Indian Pickles and chutneys was for  Lime Pickle Roast Potatoes and a Mango Pickle Pasta BakeHe tucks in and  always clears his plate, but he is not a convert.  
I loved the first spoonful that went in my mouth.  I waited a couple of minutes before asking him his thoughts about this Chilli Pickled Stew, he actually liked it. 

I normally have steamed Basmati rice, but for a change I served it with toasted buckwheat.  But you could easily just eat this on its own or with crusty bread.  If you find it too spicy hot serve with either natural yogurt if your vegetarian or coconut yogurt if you are vegan. I am sharing this recipe with  Healthy Happy Green Party; and My Legume Love Affair hosted this month by My Veg Fare and Lisa's Kitchen and The Well Seasoned Cook. 

Pickled Sweet Potato Stew
Serves 4 - 6
2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, peeled and finely minced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon Chilli Pickle - I used Mr Naga Hot Chilli Pickle
1 x 400g tinned tomatoes, crushed
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite size cubes
1 tred pepper, cored and chopped into cubes
600ml water
1 x 400g Borlotti beans or kidney beans
Handful of fresh coriander, minced 
Heat the oil in a wide pan, and saute the onion until very soft.  Then stir in the garlic and spices, including the Chilli pickle. Stir for a couple of minuted before adding in the crushed tinned tomatoes.
Cook on medium heat for the tomatoes to disintegrate, then stir in the sweet potatoes and pepper and water and bring to a boil
Turn the heat down to medium heat until the sweet potato is beginning to soften, stir in the beans and coriander and cook until warmed through.


  1. Hi Shaheen,
    Any time D wants to pass on one of your creations, just send it on over this way! This meal sounds amazingingly delicious especially with that kick of spiciness. Never would I think to use sweet potatoes in such a combination which is too bad for me because look what I've been missing, lol...

    I'm glad you're home safe. The weather has been so unpredictable this year. We had an unseasonably mild Winter and then all of a sudden it is now April and we are watching for snow in the forecast. My poor little cherry tree was just beginning to blossom and now the pretty pink flowers are all frost bitten and wilted:(

    Thank you so much for sharing, Shaheen. I do hope you are able to join us for Cookbook Wednesday this week but if not, there's always next week:)

    1. Thanks Louise, your so kind.

      Oh I do hope you don't get snow, how horrid esp. if your cherry tree is beginning to blossom. I got the bus home and so many trees are dotted with pink blossoms made me smile, spring is here (and I need to spend time in the neglected garden). Sorry, missed Cookbook Wed as I got distracted last night, but will join in next week. Have a super week.

  2. I love everything chili! I'll have to try toasted buckwheat soon. :)


    1. Adi, it was really nice - I actually like it more than bulgar wheat.

  3. That looks delicious...perfect for a still chilly spring day...

    ~Have a lovely day!

  4. Teresa, Your so right - chilly spring, the weather is the same in Wales.

  5. Yummy! We're so glad you shared this healthy and delicious Chilli Pickled Sweet Potato Stew with Borlotti Beans recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm Pinning and sharing!

  6. Hi Shaheen, you have a lovely space here,thank you so much for the lovely entry for MLLA. Sounds very yummy. awesome recipe for a cold weather.


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