This brings back memories of the festive family tables where I cooked these in large quantities. You can make this dish hot by adding chili flakes or powder, imparting a beautiful yet contrasting flavor of pungency, combined with the sweetness of yams and apple. Sweet potatoes are commonly used in place of yams, as they are more easily available and similar in taste and texture. Yams should be thoroughly scrubbed before cooking.
1 pound yams, peeled and thinly cut into wedges
10 to 12 shallots, peeled
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon ground cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 apples, thinly cut into wedges
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
2 rosemary sprigs, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Gently toss the yams, shallots, salt, cumin, garlic, and apples in a medium mixing bowl. Arrange in layers in a shallow, ovenproof baking dish.
Evenly pour the vegetable stock over the yam mixture. Bake until the top is browned and the yams are soft and cooked thoroughly, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Serve hot, garnished with the rosemary.
Excerpted from Indian Harvest. Text and recipes copyright © Vikas Khanna 2015. Photographs copyright © Vikas Khanna and Michael Swamy 2015. Published by Bloomsbury USA, reprinted with permission.
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