Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash

This carrot and sweet potato mash is one of those simple side dishes that can be made in 20 minutes with no hands-on time needed and served as a side dish to add colour and flavour to your meal.

Goes well with potatoes, rice, pasta, veggies, whatever you have!

Bowl of carrot and sweet potato mash
Carrot and sweet potato mash with added red pepper and coriander

How to Make Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash

Peel the carrots and sweet potato and chop into large chunks. Boil the kettle and pour some water into the pan but don’t cover the vegetables completely. You want about 1-2 cm of water showing at the bottom of the pan.

Sprinkle with a little salt and cover with a tightly fitting lid. Every so often, lift the lid and stir the vegetables so that the ones on top also get to be on the bottom.

When the carrots and sweet potatoes are getting soft, mash them with a hand masher. You should have just the right amount of liquid so that you don’t have to waste any of the water as it has been absorbed by the mash.

If there is excess liquid, turn up the heat and cook without a lid on, stirring all the time, to reduce the water.

You can serve this carrot and sweet potato mash just like this, with a little freshly ground black pepper and coconut oil mashed into it. (1/2-1 tsp – Don’t add too much coconut oil or it will overpower the flavour.)

Chunky carrot and sweet potato mash
Chunky carrot and sweet potato mash

If you find the taste a bit too sweet, or you just fancy a variation, you can add a few large chunks of red pepper and a little fresh & dried coriander to the pan and blend the mash with your hand blender.

This will give additional, subtle flavours to the mash.

Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash

Recipe by Love Vegan LivingCourse: Side dishCuisine: Vegan, Gluten freeDifficulty: Simple


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Colourful and tasty side dish to accompany any meal.


  • 6 carrots

  • 1 sweet potato

  • coconut oil

  • 1/2 red pepper – optional

  • fresh & dried coriander


  • Cook the chopped carrots and sweet potato in a little water with a tight fitting lid so that they are party in the water and partly cooking in steam.
  • Add a little salt.
  • Cook for 18-20 minutes, then mash.
  • Add 1/2 tsp coconut oil and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Optionally, add chopped red pepper, fresh and dried coriander, and blend with the hand blender.
  • Serve to accompany any main meal.


  • Simple side dish to brighten up your plate and your life!

Bowl of carrot and sweet potato mash

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