Sweet Potato Chana Masala

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Serves2 people
Sweet Potato Chana Masala

Traditionally chickpeas are the star of chana masala, but in our version they share the spotlight with tender sweet potato. This delicious double-act is simmered with a blend of tikka masala spices, chilli and ginger and served with cool, creamy dollops of homemade raita.


  • 1 onion
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cayenne chilli
  • 500g sweet potatoes
  • 400g tomatoes
  • 400g tin of chickpeas
  • A handful of coriander
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp tikka masala spice blend
  • 150g yogurt
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400ml boiling water
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 35 mins

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1. Peel and thickly slice the onion. Peel and grate the ginger and garlic. Halve the chilli and flick out most of the seeds. Finely chop it. Peel the sweet potatoes and chop into bite sized cubes.
2. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Finely chop the coriander stalks and roughly chop the leaves. Keep them separate. Pop the cardamom pods into a mortar and pestle and lightly crush them (or use a small, sturdy bowl and the bottom of a jam jar).
3. Heat a heavy-based pan. Add 1 tbsp oil. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 mins till just softened. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and cook with the onion for 1 min. Add 2 tsp tikka masala spice and the crushed cardamom pods and seeds and stir.
4. Tip in the sweet potato cubes and stir through the spiced onions. Add the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, coriander stalks and 400ml boiling water. Clamp on a lid and cook for 15-20 mins till the sweet potato is just tender.
5. While the chana masala cooks, finely chop half the cucumber. Peel and grate the remaining garlic. Stir the cucumber and garlic through half the pot of yogurt. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. This is your raita. Set aside.
6. When the sweet potatoes are just tender, stir through the remaining yogurt and gently cook for 5 mins to just warm the sauce through. Taste and season the chana masala. Spoon the chana masala into warm bowls. Top with a dollop of raita and the coriander leaves.
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