Sweet potato curry with paneer

    40 min

    A light, colourful curry that is very quick and easy to make, this is packed with antioxidant-rich vegetables. Sweet potatoes, in particular, are an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin C, and have a higher vitamin E content than any other vegetable. Serve with naan bread.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 500g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
    • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
    • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    • 100ml vegetable stock
    • 150g shelled fresh or frozen peas
    • 250g paneer, cut into 1.5cm cubes
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion and garlic gently, stirring occasionally, for 4–5 minutes until softened.
    2. Add the sweet potatoes and stir-fry for 2 minutes, then stir in the curry powder and ginger and cook for 30 seconds.
    3. Stir in the tomatoes with their juice and the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and cook gently for 12–15 minutes until the sweet potato is tender.
    4. Stir in the peas and simmer for 3 minutes, then add the diced paneer and cook for a further 2 minutes until heated thoroughly. Season to taste, scatter over the chopped mint and serve hot.


    Paneer is a lightly pressed Indian cheese available in ethnic grocers and some supermarkets. If you can't find it, halloumi cheese or a firm tofu would make good alternatives. * For extra texture, scatter a handful of toasted almonds or walnuts over the curry just before serving. * In the autumn, replace the sweet potato with pumpkin and use sliced mushrooms instead of peas. Step up the spice for a chilly evening with a little more curry powder.

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    I fried the paneer before adding it, as I prefer it like this. A good recipe, and very simple. I added fresh coriander instead of mint.  -  18 Apr 2012


     -  05 Sep 2011


    Loved it... also fried the cheese first.  -  29 Jul 2017