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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Sweet Potato Sabzi / Genasina Palya

Sweet Potatos are called 'Genasu' in Kannada. Back in India, my mom used to make a sweetish sabzi out of it which I really loved. But after coming here, Naveen never let me buy Sweet potatos saying they dont taste as good as the ones in India. But this time, I was deterimed to make it!! I got it home yesterday and tried it out myself. Naveen was right in a way.... Sweet potatos here are not as sweet as the ones in India. But since the sabzi I was making was meant to be sweetish, I adjusted it by adding a little jaggery/sugar. This sabzi goes really well with rice-rasam combo!! Also, in the traditional recipe sweet potatoes are mashed but here I preferred to keep them as pieces. Here's the recipe!! Hope you like it.....

This will also be my entry for Nupur's 'S' of A-Z of Indian Vegetables.


1 Sweet potato, medium sized
2 tbsp Grated coconut
2 tsp Ghee/butter
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Chana - Urad dal mixture
3-4 tbsp Sugar/Jaggery
1 tsp Salt
2-3 strands Cilantro


  1. Wash, peel and chop sweet potato into 1 " cubes. Cook then in a microwave with some water for about 10 mins or until they are cooked. You can even pressure cook them. Remove excess water and keep aside.

  2. Heat ghee in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and the dal mixture. Add cooked sweet potatos after the dal turns golden brown. Saute regularly.

  3. Add salt, sugar and mix well. Adjust the sweetness according to your taste.

  4. Add grated coconut, cilantro and mix well.

  5. Serve hot with rice-rasam combo or even rotis and enjoi!!!


Arts said...

Sweet Potato is a fasting food in Maharashtra.. thx for this recipe.. can mess up with sweet potato now on some non-fasting day with this great recipe! :D

Thistlemoon said...

I love sweet potatoes. This is definately a different way for me to make them!

FH said...

Ramya,they call them Yams here too and they are almost bland like Potatoes.I made sweet once with sugar and butter at FH.I love the Indian Genasu too,it smells so good too than Yams.Enjoy:))

Roopa said...

yummy Ramya nice palya, nanu usually raita/sasve madthivi idrinda. never made palya with this. lovely color too!

Cynthia said...

Sweeter sweet potatoes in India? WOW!

archana said...

Nice savoury dish from Sweet potatoes. Will try this recipe sometime.It is a fasting food in Maharashtra :)

Sig said...

Wow, that is a beautiful dish Ramya... I too miss the sweeter sweet potatos from India.... :(

Nupur said...

I'm always looking for new ways with sweet potatoes: will definitely be trying this one!

sra said...

Ramya, can't comment on the taste of sweet potatoes in the West vs India but I love that orange colour. Haven't seen that kind of colour in India, just pale yellow on the inside and a pink outside.

Sia said...

oh wow... genasina palya... its been ages since i had this ramya. i am not a big fan of sweet potato though but my hubby loves it. beautiful recipe and pic:)

Richa said...

wow, that looks so yum & orangey! love the sweet potato, nice recipe!

Seema Bhat said...

Ramya, Gensina Palya chennag kantha ide. NOthing to beet the gensu that you get in India alwa. Illiddu ashtu ruchi iralla. Loved the rich color of the palya.

Prajusha said...

woh.. ur recipe looks yummy.will try sometime.nice colour.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

oh, ok! didnt know abt that... Sure, try it out! :)

I love sweet potatoes too!!!!! I'm sure this ones new to you.... Its a very traditional south Indian way of making it :)

Yams I thought were Suvarna Gedde!! aren't they? But the Genasu in India is the best!! You dont even have to add any extra sweetners sometimes!!! :)

Hey, thanx! :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

hehe [:D] yep!!! they are definitely sweeter..... Sometimes, my mom wouldn't have to even add any sugar/Jaggery to it!!!

Oh yes.... I miss them too! But, these aren't really bad.. so its ok I guess! :)

@Archana, Nupur,
Hey, thanx there!!! Sure, try it out... :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Oh yeah! very true.... Even I was surprised to see the lovely color!!! :)

@Sia,Richa, Prajusha,
Thanx there! Glad u guys liked it...

true Seema.. nothing like indian genasu :)

SpiritMonk said...

Hi Ramyaji,
thanks for this, only thing is I don't get sweet potatoes here at my place.

Raaga said...


My first time at your blog... and this reminded me of the sweet potato "upkari" as it is called in konkani... I love it.

DEEPA said...

my brother actually likes sweet potatoes veyr much ....Nice one

Prema Sundar said...

good one Ramya.. the dish has got a nice colour too.thanks

Chef Jeena said...

Lovely recipe I bet it tasted very nice. :)

Kajal said...

Sweet potato....wow great dish.......very nice color my dear.......capture wonderful photo of recipe.....Thanks for sharing.:)

Seena said...

Sweet potato?
never tried, so this would be the recipe I choose when I try..

Chris said...

What a great combo of flavors. But, what is Chana? Where do I get it?

Ramya's Mane Adige said...


Hey there! Thanx a lot for, everyone.... Glad you people liked it!!

Thank you! Chana is a kind of lentil that we use back in India. You can use cashew pieces instead... That would taste equally good!!

Yashvik said...

The Picture looks like carrots! Is it really sweet potato?