Friday, July 6, 2007

Sweet Potato Badi


I really like this meal because it's tasty and I feel like it's good for me (hopefully I'm not deluded in thinking that). It has red lentils, tomatoes, zucchini, peas, sweet potato, and yogurt to make it creamy. (And being a coconut fiend, I love that this main course incorporates dried shredded unsweetened coconut.) The sweet potato badi is filling and easy to make, so as you can see this dish is a keeper. This is actually only my second time making it, only because I like trying out new recipes. I can see it being a dish I fall back on when I don't want to think about my meals for the week.

The first time I made the recipe I thought it was really weird that I had mixed up this bowl of coconut, plain yogurt, minced chile peppers, and salt. Definitely not a combination I had encountered before. All the ingredients come together really well though, and it's good reheated too.

Sweet Potato Badi
(Adapted from Entertaining for a Veggie Planet by Didi Emmons)

Serves 4
Takes about 40 minutes to make.

1/2 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup raw red lentils
8 curry leaves or 1 tsp ground cumin
1 medium yellow, white or new potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes*
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
2 plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup frozen baby peas
1/2 cup (175g) plain yogurt
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 tsp salt

Brown rice

1. In a small, dry skillet, toast the coconut over medium heat, shaking the skillet often, until the coconut is uniformly light brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer the coconut to a small bowl and set aside.

2. In the same skillet, heat the canola oil over medium heat. Add the lentils and saute for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring, until they begin to brown. Stir in the curry leaves or cumin. Add the potato, sweet potato, and 1 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Add the zucchini, tomatoes, and peas, and cook until the vegetables are fork-tender and the liquid is almost gone, about 10 minutes more. If the liquid evaporates too quickly, add a little more water. Remove from the heat.

3. Measure out 2 tablespoons of the toasted coconut and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the remaining coconut, yogurt, chiles, and salt, and whisk until smooth. Fold the yogurt mixture gently into the vegetables. Cover the skillet and let stand for a few minutes until warmed through. Transfer the badi to a serving bowl and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons coconut on top. Serve immediately with rice.

*I halved the recipe this time and just used the 1 sweet potato.
General note: If you're eating this with brown rice, start cooking the rice before you even start doing anything.

10 comments:

kickpleat said...

ha, i've got that cookbook too but havent yet tried this recipe. it looks really great and i've got a whole bag of purple yams to use up. this just might be the recipe to try them out with!

eatme_delicious said...

kickpleat: Ooo purple yams. The dish would look really awesome!

Foodeater said...

This sounds and looks amazing! I'll have to give it a try.

eatme_delicious said...

foodeater: thanks:) hope it turns out well for you!

wellunderstood said...

this looks great . . . i might add some coriander too!

eatme_delicious said...

wellunderstood: thanks. :) i think coriander would go well with it, if i liked coriander anymore!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of spicy food- would this still taste good if I left out the chili pepper?

eatme_delicious said...

Anonymous: Definitely!

Madeline said...

Hi Ashley,
I'm very happy to have stumbled on your blog! Your recipes are right up my alley :)
I made this last night for dinner and found it to be really enjoyable.
I didn't have chile peppers, so I added about a Tbsp of chile flakes to the lentil/oil right before the potatoes and ended up adding some cayenne at the end for extra heat.
I also added two small, sliced onions with the zucchini and about a tsp ground coriander with the cumin. (Gotta buy some curry leaves!)
Love love love the yogurt/coconut fold in. I used Greek FAGE yogurt. (My first time buying it -highly recommended!)
Okay, time to search for muffins to make this afternoon.
Thanks so much!
-Madeline

eatme_delicious said...

Madeline: Mmm your modifications sound good! I haven't made this in forever, thanks for reminding me about it. :) I wish we had the Fage Greek yogurt here. I've heard so much about it but have never tried it!