Carrot & sweet potato mash

Carrot & sweet potato mash

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Pair this comforting mash with a warming casserole for a match made in heaven

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal206
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre6g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.29g
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  • 500g carrots, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 500g sweet potatoes, chopped
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 3 garlic cloves, bashed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…


  1. Put the carrots, sweet potatoes and garlic in a large pan of salted water, bring to the boil, then cook for 12 mins. Add cumin seeds, butter and seasoning, roughly mash, then serve immediately.

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Comments (16)

helers's picture

I agree with the person who said this was the worse written recipe on this site.
1. I drained the potatoes and garlic.
2. After roasting the cumin seeds I then bashed then into a powder (don't know if cumin powder would be the same as roasting does give a bit more flavour)
Lovely recipe but I am a fairly experienced cook so knew how to adapt I am concerned that a newbie might through butter and cumin seed into a potful of undrained potatoes and end up with an awful mess.

grimcooking's picture

Didn't use carrot; thought mash would be sweet enough. Garlic powder just as good as crushed garlic (if you're not a fan of strong garlic flavour). Wouldn't recommend using anything but cumin as this spice really complements the sweet potato (tried ground coriander as suggested by another contributor but it tasted too dull and just wasn't the same). Excellent side to have with the sausage and bean casserole recipe on this website.

kochamkurcia's picture

Delicious, just on point!

duckiebrown's picture

I usually find sweet potato mash too sweet but really enjoy this recipe and make it regularly with oven baked salmon marinated in pomegranate molasses, soy and olive oil and steamed green veg. My 17m old always eats it.

CailinLondon's picture

This is the most badly written recipe that I've found on this website. Once I drained the veg, I wasn't sure if the garlic should be left in or removed so I removed it. Next time I might try finely chopping it and adding it after draining, as someone else has suggested.
Very tasty though, and now one of my favourite ways to eat carrots. I used ground cardamom as it was all I had.'s picture

It will only let me see the first step? how do i see the rest? thanks

Pee's picture

Yum! Served this with lamb shanks braised in red wine. Utterly delicious! I could happily eat a bowl of this by itself!

jeramy01's picture

Great simple dish. If you don't like cumin use coriander. Use one garlic clove finely chopped and melt it in the butter before adding to the mash.

chefbf's picture

I used half a swede instead of sweet potato as had to use it up and worked nicely. Will defiantly try with sweet potato as well though as I'm sure it will taste sweeter. Only had cumin spice instead of seeds but again worked well. Had this on a Sunday roast to squeeze in more vegetables but would also work as a healthy substitute to mash.

minimum68's picture

do you not need to drain the water before mashing?

susieonecooking's picture

Just cooked sweet potato for the first time and served it with salmon and brocolli.
Need to cut potato into normal roast size chunks and carrots in to bite size pieces as take longer to cook. As there was only 2 of us eating we will have the rest tomorrow with rack of lamb but think it would also make a really tasty soup. Cumin seeds add that extra interest dimension.

capnhef's picture

A great alternative to mash. We had this with steak pies to try and make the meal a bit heathier and it was lovely! The cumin seeds really make this dish. So easy too.

helenjohn's picture

easily prepared and very tasty

fayfumbs's picture

Mmmmm! a lovely side dish served with salmon and greens

georger's picture

Very simple and tasty

yeebot's picture

Really, really tasty! Makes a great alternative to your regular potato mash.

Questions (2)

customadebabe's picture

I expect it is, but could someone confirm if this is OK for freezing?

goodfoodteam's picture

Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, you can freeze this. It will keep for 3 months.

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