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This side dish is a great alternative to your traditional side of potatoes!

The spice blend makes it pleasantly hot and delicious. 

Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
20 minutes
Serving Size:


  • 2 medium (½ lb./250 g) russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 large (½ lb./250 g) sweet potato, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 large (½ lb./250 g) parsnip, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 large (½ lb./250 g) turnip, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) coriander seeds
  • 4 dried red chiles (like chile de arbol), stems discarded
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) coarse kosher or sea salt


  1. In large saucepan filled halfway with water, add potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips and turnip. Bring water to boil and then lower heat to medium and cook, partially covered, until vegetables are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain vegetables. Transfer them to medium bowl and coarsely mash. Cover mashed vegetables to keep warm.
  2. While vegetables cook, in small skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add coriander and chiles and stir-fry until coriander seeds are reddish brown and chiles are blackened, about 1 minute. Turn off heat. Using slotted spoon, transfer chiles and coriander to mortar. Reserve spiced oil. Grind chilies and coriander with pestle, scraping spice blend into centre with spatula until it has consistency of finely ground black pepper.
  3. Once vegetables are smashed, add reserved spiced oil into vegetables along with ground spice blend, cilantro and salt. Stir well to combine and serve warm.


If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, place the spices inside a resealable, heavy plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.

Recipe courtesy of, featured in the Canadian Diabetes Association’s 2015 Healthy Living Calendar.

Nutritional Information

One serving: 1/2 cup (125 mL)



Total Fat

4 g

Saturated Fat

0 g


0 mg


210 mg


15 g


4 g


3 g


2 g