Saturday, September 3, 2011

Indian Sweet Potato Dessert

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It's warm outside. Soothingly warm. I have mentioned before that this year's summer did not mean well with us so every single day temperature rises above 20°C is precious. In fact, they appear so precious you kind of want keep them in your pocket so you can take them out again when you know exactly that you have got the time to make the most of it. Writing these words, I just realised how odd that thought is. Imagine people had the ability to save sunny days for later. The result? Clouds and rain all year.

Anyway.

Simple Indian Sweet Potato Dessert

This recipe is a bit on the odd side. It's simple. And apparently, it's Indian. It was the dessert we have had the day we enjoyed last time's recipe and comes from the same source. The original only asked for three ingredients: Milk, sugar, and sweet potatoes. This particular dish was chosen for two reasons: Not only were we actually supposed to work on a project so time for cooking was meant to be short (uhm...), it was also meant to be an experiment.


You can imagine that this concoction can only get as pretty as good ol' mashed potatoes and is maybe a bit one-dimensional flavour-wise. So foresighted, we added about 100g of almonds we caramelized with a bit of sugar. Some of it went directly into the puree, the rest was garnish. Almost pretty, right?

Simple Indian Sweet Potato Dessert

Indian Sweet Potato Dessert
Adapted from here. Serves 4.

  • 1 kg (35 oz.) sweet potatoes
  • 930 ml (4 cups) milk
  • 200g (7 oz.) sugar
  • 100g (3.5 oz.) caramelized almond slivers (optional)

  1. Peel and slice sweet potatoes.
  2. Put in a big pot along with 600ml of milk, let it cook on low heat until potatoes are soft.
  3. Remove from heat and puree completely. Add sugar and rest of milk, stir well.
  4. Put pot back on heat and let it simmer until consistency is creamy.
  5. Fold in caramelized almonds and garnish (optional).
  6. Serve warm.

So. How was it? Actually, it was alright and I can see myself preparing it again. It was sweet, creamy and, well, sweet potato-y. But probably only when there are any left-over sweet potatoes. I know it's really, REALLY simple but hey, there is worse.

17 comments:

  1. Looks like your experiment turned out to be a nice dessert for you. Simple and yet pretty. I think it is one good way to use up left over mashed potatoes.

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  2. hahha....I'm always coking when I'm meant to be studying or something and it always takes up so much more time than I expect ;) This looks quite cute, with those carmelised almonds! I love sweet potato though, so this sounds very good to me!! and lol at the link!!!!!!

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  3. I was just looking for something to do with sweet potato i had lying around, now I know what!!

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  4. Wow looks really good. Looks like the experiment turned out great. Wish I had it on my dinner table as we speak :) Looks really good. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Mmm this looks good. I may have to go get some sweet potatoes just to give it a try.

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  6. Thank you for the nice comments. :)
    I honestly wasn't too sure about posting this recipe.

    Von, yeah lol the link. That site's just too awesome! ;))

    La Cipota, thank you! It's so great to hear when people are actually going to try out the recipes!

    Cheers,
    Tobias

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  7. I adore sweet potatoes, and would be inhaling this right now!

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  8. Great idea for leftover sweet potaoes...love the candied garnish on top. I think I could eat a bowlful of those nuts :)

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  9. How pretty! I really like sweet potatoes, and this looks great.

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  10. what a lovely, healthy dessert. I'll definitely have to remember this one!

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  11. I think it's very pretty. First sight I thought it was almond paste. Sweet and creamy...that's the right thing for me.

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  12. This looks soo pretty! I love doing sweet potatoes as a dessert. I will have to try this.

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  13. this is awesome experiment,,,potato and milk,im sure taste great :)
    Ridwan

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  14. Looks pretty good to me...and nice call adding the caramelized almonds!

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  15. We have a lot of sweet potato dessert in Japan, but never look this white (usually yellowish, so I assume different kind of sweet potatoes. We often mash the potatoes and stuff inside of pies etc, but don't eat it by itself. Sounds like a fun new way to eat it!

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  16. I can't get over how pretty your pictures are! :)

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  17. cool post. mostly because I can see the thought process and I would have gone in a similar direction with the potatoes and the nuts etc. New, funky desserts are always tricky but it sounds good.

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