Jeera Aloo with a Twist – Cumin Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Jeera Aloo is an Indian Dry Curry dish that is nothing but cumin spiced potatoes, but ever since I found out sweet potatoes were not only delicious but so good for you, I wanted to try making this traditional dish but with a twist – using sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes. It turned out rather nice actually!

Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are extra rich in Vitamin A, also high in Vitamin B, C & D, contain iron, and a good source of magnesium, copper & potassium! WOW!

When it comes to burning fat, very few foods have the same health benefits as the sweet potato. With 16% of your daily value of fiber, sweet potatoes aid with easier digestion. And fiber takes more energy to burn, making the sweet potato a major fat burning food.

Note: These are definitely my new favorite. I am going to try and replace regular potatoes with these golden gems in as many recipes I can!


1 large sweet potato

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp oil

2 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp chilli powder (or 1 chopped green chilli)

1 tsp salt

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Fresh coriander


1) Peel the sweet potato, chop in 4 quarters. Boil until you can pierce a fork, make sure not to overboil them. Drain and chop into bite size thin pieces (about 1 x 2cm).

2) In a pan, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add turmeric and immediately add the sweet potatoes (leaving a couple of pieces aside) and salt. On a medium heat, stir to coat the oil evenly. Mash the remaining few pieces by hand roughly and add into the pan, along with the cumin powder, coriander powder and the chilli powder. Stir again. The mashed pieces and the spices form a nice rough coating to the potatoes.

By stirring occasionally on a medium to high heat, you help the potatoes roast a bit in the spices and that creates a slight crust on the poatoes, which tends a nice texture.

3) Squeeze fresh lemon juice before serving and top with fresh coriander.

4) Enjoy with naan bread, rotis or rice. Since this was a twist to an indian dish, I thought of serving this with a twist too.

I had rotis and a fresh crunchy salad with ranch style dressing, so I decided to add the salad to warm rotis and top it with lots of the cumin potatoes and enjoy it as a delicious wrap 🙂

My fellow Indian friends – you have to try this! 🙂 Let me know when you do!


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