As you probably guessed by now, my favourite cuisine is Indian. Yes, there is no week goes by without me making a version of Indian curries, such as this Pumpkin and Prawn Curry, Fish Curry, Indian Pumpkin mash, or Dhal.
Being Mauritian, Indian flavours occasionally served with a twist of African, French or Portuguese flavours. Even when I am homesick, I get treated at Indian Food. They all know it in the family. While my cooking style had to evolve from tropical Ingredients to Irish produce, my use of spices stayed the same. I often find myself mixing East and West and today is no exception.
Ireland has so many beautiful produce that I had never seen before moving here such as Parsnips, turnip and Brussel sprouts but they can often become boring too. But no matter where the produce comes from it’s better to change the flavours or the cuisines to make it more exciting when eating.
Using sweet potatoes in these Chicken balls makes it a complete dish so it can be enjoyed with a simple sauce. I suggest a raita or a hot coriander chutney. However, I have used these to make a beautiful curry the following day and it was seriously very tasty. Here is the recipe for the curry.
- 3 cups of sweet potato mash
- 500g mince chicken
- 1table spoon of ghee or coconut oil (omit if frying the balls)
- 4 table spoons of ground flaxseeds
- 3 table spoons of whole garam masala
- 1 white onion finely chopped
- Sprigs of fresh coriander freshly chopped
- 2 green chilli or 1/2 tea spoon of dry chilli powder (omit if feeding kids)
- Preheat the oven at 200C and line 2 large baking trays with parchment paper.
- Toast the garam masala in a hot pan then grind them in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle.
- Add all the ingredients in a big mixing bowl and carefully combine the ingredients together.
- Shape around 20 golf size balls and place them on the baking tray.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until the chicken is well cook inside.
- You can otherwise fry the meat balls in coconut oil.
- Serve with a cold raita as a snack or make some curry out of it.
- Can be stored in the fridge for about a week.
Here are some Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
- Excellent source of Vitamin C – necessary for growth, development and repair of all body tissues
- Rich in B6 – Supports Brain Function, Improves mood, and relieve symptoms of PMS
- Manganese – Needed for antioxidant and enzyme functions
- B1 – Helps the breakdown of protein and fat in the body
- High in Fiber – Feeds the healthy gut bacteria, helps eliminate excess cholesterol