Tandoori Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas (recipe below)
  • Cilantro Sauce (recipe below)
  • Vegan Raita (recipe below)

Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas

  • 1/2 of (15-ounce / 440g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon neutral-tasting oil, such as grapeseed oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Tandoori Spice Blend
  2. 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  3. 1/4 tsp coriander
  4. 1/4 tsp paprika
  5. 1/4 tsp turmeric
  6. 1/4 tsp ginger
  7. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp cardamom
  9. pinch of cayenne pepper
  10. Cilantro Sauce
  11. 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  12. 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  13. 1/2-inch (~1.25 cm) knob ginger, thinly sliced or julienned
  14. 1/4 of a jalapeño pepper, sliced into rounds
  15. 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  16. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  17. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  18. 3/4 cups (~16g) fresh cilantro (leaves and thin stems; discard tough stems)
  19. 1 tablespoons lime juice
  20. 1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
  21. In a small skillet, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic, ginger, and jalapeño pepper and cook for 60-90 seconds, stirring frequently, until garlic starts to turn golden. Then add the ground coriander, cumin, and salt. Cook for 30 seconds, tossing frequently to combine and to prevent burning. Remove from the heat.
  22. Transfer the spiced oil mixture to a food processor (or blender). Add the cilantro, lime juice, and water. Blend until the mixture is relatively smooth, and add a bit more water if needed to bring the sauce together. Taste for seasonings and add more salt or lime juice as needed.
  23. Bake your sweet potatoes. Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C). Lightly slash or prick the sweet potatoes several times with a sharp knife to allow for even ventilation. Place the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet (line with parchment paper for easy cleanup). Bake for 45-55 minutes (depending on size), or until the potatoes are fork tender and don’t give any resistance.
  24. NOTE: you can also roast/bake the sweet potatoes up to a few days in advance.
  25. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, prepare the Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas. Stir together the ingredients for the Tandoori spice mix in a large bowl. Add the the drained chickpeas, along with the oil and salt, and toss well to coat the chickpeas evenly with the spice mix.
  26. Transfer the chickpeas to a rimmed baking sheet (line with parchment paper for easy cleanup) and spread them out. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown and blistered in some spots. If you can, give the pan a shake and a toss halfway through cooking.
  27. NOTE: To time things efficiently, add the the chickpeas to the oven when there’s about 20 minutes left of cooking on the sweet potatoes (will vary based on the size of your sweet potatoes).
  28. Assemble the sweet potatoes. Cut a slit in the top of each baked and scoop out of some the sweet potato flesh so the sweet potatoes act as cavities for the toppings. Stuff with the Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas, the scooped out sweet potato flesh, and any fresh veggies you’re using (tomatoes, onions, cucumber). Add a few spoons of the Vegan Raita, drizzle on the Cilantro Sauce, and serve with a wedge of lime or lemon.
Source: Nisha Vora- revised and tested by Violet Talley

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