Jerk Sweet Potato & Black Bean Curry

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January is, of course, the time when trashy magazines peddle their fad diets and try to trick us into detoxing.  Last year I managed to kick my magazine habit once and for all so I am managing to completely avoid all of their dubious weight loss tricks, but I still remember a lot of the nonsense they used to encourage.  One that I remember was the “rainbow diet”, which urged dieters to incorporate all the colours of the rainbow into their meals.  As meat and grains aren’t exactly multi-coloured, this basically translates to:  “Eat more vegetables.”  (Or rainbow cake.)  And it’s hard to argue with that.

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I may not have all seven colours in here, but there’s red peppers, orange sweet potatoes, green spinach and purpley-black beans.  It is an extremely inviting dish, and tastes every bit as good as it looks.

Jerk Sweet Potato & Black Bean Curry

Serves 5, slightly adapted from BBC GoodFood


1 onion, chopped

1 tbsp sunflower oil

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground coriander

2 tbsp jerk seasoning (more if you can take the heat!)

1 tsp dried thyme

tin chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp demerera sugar

1 vegetable stock cube

500g sweet poatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

400g can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced

2 handfuls spinach

handful fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped


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1.  Heat the oil in a large pan and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes.

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2.  Add the ginger, coriander and jerk seasoning.  Fry for a further 2 minutes.

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3.  Add the thyme, along with the tomatoes, vinegar and sugar.  Crumble in the stock cube and pour in 300ml hot water.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

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4.  Carefully drop in the sweet potato chunks and simmer for 10 more minutes.

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5.  Add the pepper and black beans next.

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6.  After two minutes, add the spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted.  Season, and serve scattered with fresh coriander leaves.  This can be served with rice or bread.

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1 Response to Jerk Sweet Potato & Black Bean Curry

  1. Andre T says:

    i will try it later :p

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