May 28, 2011

Sweet Potato Stew ~ Chilakada Dumpa Pulusu

When ever I make any stew (పులుసు) that reminds me of my childhood morning meal made by my mom. Because she always used to make one fry, one stew and we finish our meal with the yogurt and go to school. When she was here for for the first time, she made Okra Stew, which reminded me of all those old days. Remembering those thoughts, one day I have experimented the same recipe of her with this wonderful vegetable and since then it's a favorite dish in our family. Here is the recipe for you, try it out and see if this is favorite worthy. :-). Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Stew
Sweet Potato - 2 medium
Onion - 1/2 medium
Red Chile Powder - 1 tbsp
Salt - 2 tsp
Tamarind -  medium marble size (key lime size)
Cilantro - 2 Tbsp
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Raw Sugar- 2 tsp

Chana Dal - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - 5
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Red Chile - 2 ( whole)
iPhone Camera came to rescue when we forgot the real camera at our friend's house :-)

1. Heat the oil in the pan and make tempering (పోపు/తాలింపు/तड़का). Add Red Chillies, followed by  Chana Dal, Urad Dal, Cumin Seeds and Mustard Seeds, once they start spluttering add turmeric powder and curry leaves.
2. Add Chopped Onions to the pan and Peel and Cut the Sweet Potatoes into medium cube size and add them to the pan. Add the 1 tsp salt and close the lid.
3.  Meanwhile, take the tamarind in a small bowl with some water (1/4 cup) and microwave it for 1 min. let it cool for few min and extract the tamarind juice by squeezing the tamarind in the warm water.
4. Add this water to the pan and add remaining salt and chili powder and close the lid. Leave the heat in medium and let it simmer.
5.  After 5 min, check for the softness of the sweet potato. If it is cooked properly, taste for the salt and other seasonings, adjust every thing as you needed.
6. Add the Sugar and close the lid and let it simmer for 5 min.
7. At the end add the cilantro and turn off the heat and leave it on the stove for few min.

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sweet Potato Stew is ready to be served. Serve over hot  white rice , add Ghee (clarified butter) as necessary and enjoy your wholesome dinner.

Note: As the sweet potatoes are sweet the sugar amount in this recipe is little less when compared to other stews.

take care until next time


  1. This is a delicious & yummy stew :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  2. Stew looks super inviting and yummy, am yet to try stews with sweet potato..



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