Goan Sweet Potato Drumstick Sabzi Recipe – A simple Goan vegetarian side dish made with Indian sweet potato (white flesh) and drumsticks (fruit from the moringa tree). Best served with a side of Rice and dal or rotis.
This recipe is a special one – a childhood favourite that still continues to give me a warm fuzzy feeling of home, every time I eat it. On my trips back home even now, Mom ensures that she’ll make this at least once, amidst all the madness of eating out that I get up to. It really is the allure of the simplest tastes that we associate with our childhood that inspire the kind of cooks we become and the dishes we make.
You will love the simplicity of flavours here – the softness of the sweet potato, mildly spiced with fresh green chillies, paired with the drumstick and fresh coconut. If you aren’t much of a drumstick eater or haven’t tried it yet, this recipe will make you a convert!
You can also use the orange-flesh sweet potatoes or regular potatoes for an equally delicious dish. I would recommend serving it as a side dish with a simple dal (like this one that I make Lauki Dal) and steamed rice. Also great with rotis, if you so please.
Sweet Potato and Drumstick Sabzi
- 2 sweet potato (peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes)
- 2 drumstick (cleaned and chopped into 3inch tubes)
- 1 tbsp coconut fresh grated
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 green chillies (slit length-wise)
- 1/4 tsp turmeric Powder
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp cane sugar raw (or jaggery)
- 100 ml water
- to taste salt
In a pan, heat the oil.
Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter along with the green chillies.
Now add the sweet potato and water, to be covered and cooked.
When it's almost halfway done, add the drumstick, turmeric, chilli powder, sugar and salt and let it cook.
Before it's completely ready, add the fresh coconut and mix well. Serve hot