Indian-Spiced Parsnips, Peas, and Potatoes

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Indian-Spiced Parsnips, Peas, and Potatoes is a lightly-spiced mix of cold-weather favorites.   The flavors are inspired by spices used frequently in Indian cuisine – turmeric and coriander.

We’re often looking for more ways to include turmeric in our recipes.  Science is uncovering a promising array of benefits from this beautiful, yellow spice, such as improved artery function, treating Alzheimer’s disease, and protecting our DNA.  And there may be different benefits depending on whether you cook it or not.   We recommend you learn to love it.

Try changing up the veggie combination in this recipe.  Try carrots instead of parsnips, or butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes.  We’ve done that and it’s been tasty no matter the variation. The spices take center stage in this dish, but they’re not overwhelming, even if you’re not a heavy user of turmeric and coriander.  If these spices are more common in your recipe repertoire, and you’d like a deeper flavor from the spices, then keep those spice jars handy, and adjust to your taste.

Indian-Spiced Parsnips, Peas, and Potatoes


Indian-Spiced Parsnips, Peas, and Potatoes

By May 28, 2015

Yield : about 8 cups


  • 1/4 tsp - crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp - ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp - coriander powder
  • 2 cups - water
  • 5 medium - parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium - sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium - potatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups - peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tbs - lemon juice


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, stir together the red pepper flakes, ground turmeric, and coriander powder for a few seconds, until the spices begin to smoke lightly, being careful not to burn them.
  2. Quickly add the water, parsnips, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and peas. Stir to coat the vegetables, cover, and cook for 25 minutes, until the veggies are tender and the mixture is thick.
  3. Stir in the lemon juice. Salt to taste.



Nutrition Information

Nutrition (per serving): 268 calories, 91% calories from carbohydrates, 8% calories from protein, 1% calories from fat, 12g fiber.

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