Goan Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

Goan Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

The weather in Britain is getting warmer and, barring the odd cold day, the bitterness of winter is coming to an end. Indeed, my hopes of witnessing snow this winter have all but died, scuppered by unseasonably warm weather. Luckily, the weather is not yet too balmy for the consumption of a delicious, warming soup. So, I shall hide my disappointment for another year – it doesn’t often snow here – and shall instead consume an ominously large bowl of this strikingly coloured soup.

When I was reminded about the existence of my recipe for Goan Chicken Curry I couldn’t help but bring its flavour to one of my soups. Indeed, the kick afforded by the cayenne pepper contrasted beautifully with the creaminess brought by the soup – yet both characteristics combined beautifully with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes. The inclusion of coconut milk also really adds to the texture of this soup, helping it to be rather more dense than one moistened only by water. Please, feel free to feast on the delights of what will almost certainly be my last wintry soup for six months. I look forward to the moment at which WordPress erupts with the scent of summery soup, which is a different beast altogether.

Goan Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

Serves 4-6


• 3 large sweet potatoes, sliced and peeled

• 2 onions, finely sliced

• 4 large cloves of garlic

• 2 tsp ground coriander

• 2 tsp ground cumin

• 1 tsp paprika

• 1 tsp ground turmeric

• 1 tsp cayenne pepper

• 1 400ml tin coconut milk

• Juice of 1 lemon

• Salt, pepper and olive oil

• Fresh coriander to garnish


1. Bake the peeled and sliced sweet potatoes, along with the whole garlic cloves in the oven for 30 minutes, sprinkle the chucks with oil, salt and pepper. Meanwhile, fry the onions, ground coriander, cumin, paprika, turmeric and cayenne pepper in a little olive oil. Once the sweet potato is cooked through blend it, together with the onions and garlic, until smooth.

2. Return the puree to the saucepan, add the coconut milk, lemon juice and a cup of water. Bring to the boil, season to taste and serve with a little coriander to garnish.

Cost: Though sweet potatoes are rather more expensive than the common potato, their price is justified by their taste and colour. Despite this, the price of this soup remains impressively low at around £2.90 – it would easily make enough soup to serve as a starter to 6 or 7 people. One may lower the cost even further by replacing the coconut milk with Greek yoghurt, though the flavour profile probably won’t stay quite intact.

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103 comments on “Goan Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

  1. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    March 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Yum. Sounds delicious.

  2. cookinginsens
    March 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Looks like we were both thinking Indian today. That soup looks rich and tasty!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Aye, it does :D. Thanks, your dish looked incredible.

  3. reluctantlymeatfree
    March 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    It’s certainly not too late for this! I’ve got a left over peshwari naan from last night’s takeaway. Perfect.

  4. Amrita
    March 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I feel like I have to comment on this. I don’t know about the rest of Britain, but London definitely needs something orange and Indian right now, given the crappy whether we’ve been having.

  5. lightningdroplets
    March 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    This sounds so good! I can’t wait to make it!

  6. spree
    March 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Love, love, love the ingredients for this soup Nick, every bloomin’ one of em! This is a dandy way to say farewell to winter!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks, Spree. I’m glad you like it. It is indeed, you must join in 😀

      • spree
        March 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        I may put this on the table tonight! Yes, that settles it! Done!

  7. Big Hungry Gnomes
    March 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    You never know with British spring time, we might still get some snow. This soup sounds perfect to brighten up a dismal grey and rainy day, even if the temperature has gotten up into double figures. I can’t wait to try this out

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    March 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    What a top-notch soup. We love sweet potatoes in this house and don’t use them in soups very often.

  9. Just A Smidgen
    March 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    This looks fantastic.. I’m going to make this this week, would yams work in place of sweet potatoes??

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I’ve never used a yam, but if they have similar properties – which they do – then yes.

  10. denlyn3
    March 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Love the color and textures, I too would opt for the yams and their deeper red color.

  11. Baker Bettie
    March 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Mmmmm. I love sweet potato soup. I wish I had a bowl of this on this yucky rainy day.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Well you know what to make next time it is yucky!

  12. breakfastatnatalies
    March 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    This looks so good! Love sweet potatoes!

  13. egg me on
    March 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I can totally relate to your feeling that winter is maybe ending a bit too soon … it’s been oddly warm in Boston this season, too. But technically, it’s still soup weather. And this is a great-looking one. Love that you roast the sweet potatoes first. Must had some awesome flavor.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Oh yes, still soup weather – but it won’t be for long… It really did taste good.

  14. Shira
    March 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    My absolute favorite things combined together – marvelous! You really can’t go wrong with any of those ingredients – delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Awesome, then you simply must fill it up, Shira.

  15. Chilli Ninja
    March 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Beautifully looking soup. Nice use of the Cayenne.

  16. Brianne
    March 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I was craving sweet potato soup today, but I wasn’t so keen on making a batch since the weather here is warming up, too. Now I must make some, whatever the weather. Curry spices and sweet potato are a wonderful match!

  17. Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge
    March 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Great recipe 🙂 Another that I have not made before. I also read your Goan Curry recipe and learned a couple new things. 🙂

    Your blog is always a nice read outside of the recipes themselves.

    Here’s to Summer! 😀

  18. k.m.
    March 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    At least where I live, coconut milk is really cheap, much more so than Greek yoghurt.

    In any case, this soup is going into my lunch rotation, I bet the spices deepen further after the soup resting overnight. Plus, it’s so cold in the lab where I work, a hot meal is necessary at lunchtime!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Well, than you have your answer :). I hope you like it!

  19. Villy
    March 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    You had me at coconut milk… And what a lovely plate (wood? stone?)!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Yes, I simply had to add it :). It’s a bowl made of pottery – clay, I expect.

  20. Kate Olsson
    March 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Oh, simply divine. I can almost taste how lovely it would be.. and what a stunning colour! Yum.

  21. busymomblogs
    March 11, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    This looks so yummy! I have never tried sweet potato soup before. Will have to try this soon.

  22. Brin
    March 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

  23. thekalechronicles
    March 12, 2012 at 12:09 am

    This soup sounds delicious, Nick, and is a lovely color as well. If you are not allergic to it, I would recommend using peanut oil or coconut oil to keep to the Indian flavors.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks! I could give it a go yes, why not? I do love olive oil though… so, so much.

  24. erika
    March 12, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Wonderful post and the soup looks heavenly. 🙂

  25. ufscps
    March 12, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I’m originally from Goa but never tried making Goan food! I can’t wait to try this out!

  26. beth in ohio
    March 12, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Simply marvelous! This Yank loves your recipe and wishes to become as gifted in photography as you!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Thanks! I’ve never really considered myself gifted in photography – I always admire the shots of others far more than my own.

  27. Jennifer
    March 12, 2012 at 1:51 am

    I use a lot of coconut milk. Almost prefer it to regular milk now. The soup looks gorgeous, and I love your photos! They are beautiful!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 22, 2012 at 8:38 am

      I love it, but it is rather bad for you. Thanks, Jennifer.

  28. Smedette
    March 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    This is being made this week! Here in the Southern US, sweet potatoes are a way of life and I never know what to do with them (I’m not a native of the region). Thanks for the great recipe.

  29. motherofwonder
    March 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    oh this looks delicious!!!

  30. cjdelgrosso
    March 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Nice color on that soup! I love that you roasted the potatoes first! Nice touch…

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks! It worked very well, gave it a lovely flavour.

  31. Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com
    March 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    The weather is definitely getting warmer here in Toronto too, by Thursday they are predicting about 20°C; which means, we really need to make all the comfort foods we want now, before it gets too hot! This soup looks wonderful, so thick and creamy. I usually run my creamed soups through a fine sieve, it actually makes the soup much silkier!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Indeed, Eva! You must get on it :D. I can’t be bothered with the sieve thing – I like rustic eating :D.

  32. Purely.. Kay
    March 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Sweet Potatoes are just wonderful to eat so many ways and now I have a wonderful soup recipe to add to my collection 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      They are really delicious. I hope you make it 😀

  33. CorkAndSpoon
    March 13, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Yummm, roasted and spiced up sweet potatoes are so yummy! May be looking forward to the upcoming spring weather, but will definitely miss those winter veggies. ~Ruth

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Indeed they are. I’ll miss the winter veg too.

  34. Anna's Appetite
    March 13, 2012 at 5:26 am

    I love sweet potatoes! And the idea of roasting them is a great idea! Wonderful post!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 22, 2012 at 8:36 am

      The process of roasting them really brings out their flavours.

  35. bonfood
    March 13, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Oh that looks so vibrant, thick and tasty. I love soup that sits on your spoon like that!

  36. cakeboule
    March 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Yes please! We make a similar one but with chorizo which works well flavourwise. We first had sweet potato soup it in the pump rooms in Bath of all plsces and it was so good I had to make some – I had not thought of using quite the spices you have so will try some of those next batch as it freezes well.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Awesome, Boule. you shall be seeing some chorizo around these parts tomorrow I hope. Haha, I’ve been there 😀

  37. spree
    March 14, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Made the soup Nick, and it was wonderful! (Had to make 1 minor adjustment – needed to thin the vegetables in the blender, so used just-made chicken stock to do that. And I roasted the cumin and coriander then ground them before adding.) it was lip-smacking good!! Thanks for a warming savory soup on this snowy day! it was delicious! 😀

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks, Spree. Your changes sound great – so glad you liked it.

  38. Julie @ happygoodtime
    March 14, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I’m fiercely looking forward to summer, but will so miss meals like this! Love the color, and the viscosity. Yum!

  39. Bam's Kitchen
    March 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Sweetness of the roasted sweet potatoes and the intensity of the chili and Indian Spices really balance the flavors of the heat and the sweet. Take Care, BAM

  40. Shumaila
    March 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I love anything Goan- the place, the food, the atmosphere, culture, people and did I mention food! I am not a fan of sweet potato, though there is a popular roadside dish of sweet potato-that is roasted and served with chaat masala that I really like. Besides that, my past experiences with sweet potato haven’t been too great. But this soup honestly does sound really appetizing, although I do not know if I’ll ever risk making it (the food blogger in me wants to but history tells me not to!)

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Well, perhaps you ought to forget your misgiving about sweet potato and give this a pop. You should :D.

  41. Mom Photographer (@MomPhotographer)
    March 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    that looks and sounds amazing. I would never thought about roasting the potatoes first. it’s a great idea!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Thanks! The roasting really and truly brings out their flavour.

  42. Lonely Wife Project
    March 16, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I’ve fallen madly in love with the sweet potato and will try almost any recipe involving it!

  43. Chica Andaluza
    March 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Wonderful! Will have to file away for now though as we´ve already waved goodbye to the last of our sweet potatoes here in Andalucía 🙁

  44. arzea
    March 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This looks so YUM! I love your pictures!

  45. Granny
    March 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I would not mind a warm bowl of that in my hands and before my eyes. Rather mild winter here as well (Vermont), though we have had some snow and one or two little storms. Yet while it is the end of March and we expect freezing temperatures to linger on, it feels as though the cold reaches deeper into the bones. A brightly coloured (must use proper spelling must we not?!), creamy and spicy soup is just what we need. Thank you.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 30, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      You’d better make it then :D. I want some storms… I love storms. We must use the proper spelling, you’ve learnt well :D. I hope you enjoy it if you make it, Granny!

      • Granny
        March 31, 2012 at 12:29 am

        I know I will enjoy it. As for proper spelling, that is the easy part perhaps. I have friends in Scotland with whom I can only communicate in writing or in person. I cannot understand a word they are saying otherwise!… me thinks someone ought to buy you a giant snow globe! 🙂

        • frugalfeeding
          April 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

          Haha! That’s very funny :D. I know a few Scots like that!

  46. diaryofachefswife
    March 30, 2012 at 2:24 am

    This looks so comforting and sounds delicious! Would have been perfect on a cold day in Toronto like today.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks – it really was VERY comforting indeed.

  47. Debs @ The Spanish Wok
    May 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Sounds delicious.

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