Friends, we are so excited to share our latest obsession with you: Masala Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! Swoon.
This seriously flavorful, Indian-inspired recipe is made with two of our favorite foods (chickpeas & sweet potatoes) and requires just 10 simple ingredients to prepare!
What is Tandoori Masala?
The word “tandoor” in India means clay oven, which is most commonly used for cooking breads like naan. However, tandoori masala isn’t only used for seasonings breads but also meat and vegetable dishes. (source)
The word “masala” means a blend of spices used in Indian cooking. (source)
Tandoori Masala spices typically include cumin, red chili, fenugreek, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, turmeric, and ginger (among others). It’s spicy, robust, yet balanced and incredibly versatile. And we especially love it on roasted chickpeas.
For a more authentic, homemade version, you could try this recipe from Binjal’s Veg Kitchen. Or in a pinch, we were able to find a store-bought version at Whole Foods that’s quite tasty.
The potatoes are then roasted until they’re perfectly tender and lightly caramelized.
Next, the chickpeas are mixed with avocado oil, tandoori masala seasoning (DIY or store-bought), salt, and an optional pinch of cayenne before being roasted alongside the sweet potatoes.
Cilantro serves as the base of the chutney, garlic and lime add zing, and salt and pepper add flavor. Maple syrup rounds out the other flavors while water helps it blend and the magic ingredient (avocado) makes it extra creamy!
If you love this chutney as much as we do, be sure to add our Aloo Tikki (Indian Potato Cakes with Green Chutney) and Shawarma Roasted Cauliflower “Steak” to your future meal plans.
With the three components prepped (chickpeas, sweet potato, chutney), you’re ready for assembly!
Using a fork or spoon, gently smash down the fleshy part of the sweet potato. Top with the chickpeas and chutney and wait for the “yums!” that are sure to follow!
We hope you LOVE these potatoes! They’re:
& SO comforting!
These stuffed sweet potatoes are delicious on their own as a lighter meal. Or for something more filling, serve with Indian-inspired dishes such as our Quick Crispy Cauliflower, Coconut Curried Greens, or Masala-Spiced Tofu Scramble.
More Sweet Potato Recipes
- Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Broccoli Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad
- Sheet Pan Meal: Curried Sweet Potato & Chickpeas
- Sweet Potato Cauliflower Curry (30 Minutes!)
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!
Masala Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and dried in a clean towel
- 1 ½ Tbsp avocado oil (or sub olive oil)
- 2 Tbsp tandoori masala seasoning* (see notes for where to buy + DIY recipe)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional // for heat)
- 2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro (~1 large bundle as recipe is written / some stems are okay)
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper
- 2 Tbsp lime juice (1 lime yields ~2 Tbsp or 30 ml)
- 1-2 tsp sweetener (maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey if not vegan)
- Water to thin (~1/4 cup or 60 ml as recipe is written)
- 2-3 Tbsp ripe avocado for extra creaminess
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C), and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. (NOTE: Depending on the size of your baking sheets and sweet potatoes, you may get away with using one baking sheet instead of two. Just be sure not to crowd the pan too much otherwise the chickpeas will steam instead of roasting — see photo example above).
- Add potatoes to one of the baking sheets and drizzle with avocado oil and sprinkle with sea salt. An optional step to infuse more flavor is to rub the potatoes with curry powder or green curry paste.
- Lay potatoes cut side down on the baking sheet and bake on a top/center rack for 25 minutes or until tender.
- In the meantime, add drained and dried chickpeas to a small mixing bowl and top with avocado oil, tandoori masala seasoning, sea salt, and a pinch of cayenne (optional). Toss to combine, then taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more masala blend for smokiness, sea salt for saltiness, or cayenne for heat.
- Arrange chickpeas on the other baking sheet and bake on a bottom/center rack for a total of 20-25 minutes alongside the sweet potatoes. NOTE: For crispier chickpeas, it’s best to bake the chickpeas under the sweet potatoes so they don’t steam.
- Add only enough water to encourage blending and make the sauce pourable. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more garlic for spice/zing, salt to taste, sweetener for sweetness, or lime juice for acidity. Set aside.
- For serving, flip potatoes cut-side up and smash down the insides a little bit with a spoon or spatula. Top with chickpeas and chutney and enjoy immediately. Garnish with extra cilantro or lime juice if desired.
- Best when fresh. Store leftover chickpeas in a well-sealed container at room temperature up to 3 days. Chutney will keep (separately) in the refrigerator up to 3 days. To reheat, bake sweet potatoes and chickpeas in a 375 degree F (190 C) oven until hot. Top with chutney.
*We buy Tandoori Masala blend at Whole Foods. If you can’t find it, try this DIY blend for similar results: 3 Tbsp cumin, 2 Tbsp garlic powder, 2 Tbsp paprika, 3 tsp ginger, 2 tsp coriander, 2 tsp cardamom. Multiply as needed. Or, for a more authentic, homemade version of Tandoori Masala, you could try this recipe from Binjal’s Veg Kitchen.
*Small sweet potatoes cook faster. If too large, plan on increasing cooking time or cutting into quarters instead of halves to speed cooking time.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with medium-sized sweet potatoes, the lesser amounts of maple syrup and avocado, and without optional ingredients.