I was looking for something mild and complementary to go with Pippali rasam, a favorite rasam of mine that is usually a post-partum meal served with rice and ghee.
Paruppusili being another childhood favorite of mine, I decided to serve a simple meal of pippali rasam, rice and sweet potato paruppusili for the grown-ups one night, kids got some rice and a bowl of steamed veggies after trying a spoonful of the rasam and paruppusili and categorically rejecting them. It takes at least 15 tries before I give up on a food, so, 14 more to go before I back off feeding the paruppusili to the kids...
Same recipe for paruppisili as always - simply soak the toor dal (plus a red chili or two) for a few hours, grind to a fine paste, microwave till it is cooked a bit - not raw anymore and not a hard solid yet. Break it up and pan fry in oil. At this stage, it can be cooled and stored in the freezer to be added to any favorite vegetable.
Cook the sweet potatoes in the microwave till fork tender not mushy. Start the tempering in a pan. Then add the cooked sweet potatoes and paruppusili and saute together till well combined. Serve warm.