orange-spiced sweet potato and spinach stew w/ sugar plums

Categories
Veg01
Yield
1 servings
MeasureIngredient
  (enough for 2 batches of stew)
1 tablespoon Coriander seeds
1 teaspoon Cardamom pods; up to 2
1 tablespoon Cumin seeds
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Turmeric
2 teaspoons Ground ginger
½ teaspoon Ground cloves
¼ teaspoon Black pepper
  Grind everything together in a spice
  Grinder until it becomes a fairly uniform
  Powder
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil and/or butter; up to 3
3 cups Chopped onion
3 tablespoons Persian Allspice; (above)
2 teaspoons Salt
2½ tablespoon Minced garlic
8 cups Peeled and cubed sweet potatoes or yams
  (about 3 pounds)
3 cups Orange juice
1½ cup Sugar plums or prunes
  (fresh or dried)
  Pitted and sliced
1 pounds Fresh spinach
  Cleaned and stemmed
  OR 1 10-ounce package frozen leaf spinach; defrosted

PERSIAN ALLSPICE

THE STEW

Preparation time: 1 hour (15 minutes of work) Yield: 6 to 8 servings Every Persian family seems to have its own cherished recipe for khoresh, or stew. In this easy one, sweet potatoes are steeped in orange juice and deeply infused with the heavenly flavor of homemade Persian Allspice. Serve this over basmati rice.

* Make the Persian Allspice ahead of time. If you use an electric spice grinder, this will take just minutes.

* Get the rice going before you begin.

* You can use peaches or nectarines in place of the sugar plums or prunes.

1) Heat the oil and/or melt the butter in a large, deep pot or a Dutch oven. Add the onion, Persian Allspice, and 1 teaspoon of the salt, and saute for about 5 minutes over medium heat.

2) Stir in the garlic, sweet potatoes or yams, orange juice, and remaining salt. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes are tender (about 30 minutes, depending on the size and shape of the pieces).

3) Add the fruit and the spinach, and give it a good stir. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes longer.

4) Serve hot, over basmati rice.

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Recipe by: Adapted from "Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven" Converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.

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