I love Indian cuisine with its awesome and interesting flavors, ingredients, and colors. Cooking these dishes always brings a touch of the exotic into the kitchen.
However, many Indian recipes require lots of preparation time. That is why I love this quick and aromatic sweet potato pilaw (also known as pilau, or pilaf), which is ready to eat in about half an hour.
The mix of spices and fresh ginger is a powerful combination, but it is not too hot. Curcuma (a.k.a. turmeric) will give your dish a wonderful yellow color. It is also found in curry powder, which is an additional ingredient.
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The raisins added to this dish provide the meal with a fruity twist that goes really well with the other flavors.
Pilaw is usually prepared with fish, meat, or chicken but the recipe I have prepared is a tasty vegetarian or vegan alternative. Vegetable stock is used rather than a meat-based product. The dish is also a great choice for a “Meatless Monday.”
If you’re not vegetarian, trying serving this as a side dish with your choice of meat, or serve it as the main meal with just a spoonful of plain Greek-style yogurt for a little added protein.
A recommended drink pairing would be a refreshing lassi, a yogurt-based Indian drink. This can also quench that flame if the meal is too spicy.
Looking for other options to satisfy that sweet potato craving? Check out our recipe for vegetarian Sweet Potato Coconut Patties. They’re great atop a salad, or served burger-style.
Or try our Spiralized Sweet Potato Pasta, mixed with meaty sun-dried tomatoes, fire-roasted red peppers, and lots of Parmesan!
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About Nina-Kristin Isensee
Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.