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Spicy and Sweet

September 13, 2011


Did you have a good Monday afternoon?  Mondays are long and a little lonely over here—Ryan leaves for campus around 9, and doesn’t get back from his last class until 8:30.  Sigh.

Still, having so much time to myself is very helpful for getting work done—which is exactly what I did all afternoon.  By 6:30, I’d worked up quite an appetite…time to hit the kitchen!

For those of you who thought it might be burgers and steak all the time, now that I’m eating meat again…no need to worry.  :-)  I still love a veggie dinner more than anything else.  They’re filling, healthy, and tasty!  This meal was really delicious, and a good transition to fall weather—the spices really make for a warm, delicious meal.

Indian Sweet Potato and Chickpea Sauté


1 onion, chopped

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. yellow curry

1 tsp. garam masala

1/2 tsp. cumin seeds

2 cups vegetable or chicken broth

2 tbsp. golden raisins


In a medium pan, heat olive oil.  Add onion and cook for 10 minutes, until beginning to soften.  Add sweet potato cubes and cook for another 10 minutes.  Add chickpeas and spices, stirring to allow the spices to blend and sink in.  Add broth, bring to a boil, then reduce and cover.  Cook for 20-30 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed and sweet potatoes are soft.  Add raisins and cover for 5 more minutes, adding a bit more broth or water if necessary.

Serve over brown rice or couscous.

Here ‘tis:

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I garnished mine with a bit of Greek yogurt—the perfect condiment! This dish was REALLY, really good.  The spices really sink into the beans and sweet potatoes, and the golden raisins add the perfect bit of sweetness to balance all the spices.

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Well, off to watch the end of Bachelor Pad.  I don’t care who wins…as long as it’s not Mr. Guard and Protect.  Ugh.

See you tomorrow!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2011 2:23 am

    Great recipe! I think I have all the ingredients on hand.. dinner tomorrow evening? 🙂

  2. September 13, 2011 10:16 am

    I have to catch up on last night’s Bachelor Pad. Hopefully tonight. I really hope he doesn’t win either!!!

    And that looks REALLY good!

  3. September 13, 2011 11:46 am

    This is one of my “single lady” go-to meals. Christopher recently confessed he doesn’t like sweet potatoes (THE HORROR!) so I try to eat them whenever I’m solo. Great meal!

  4. September 13, 2011 12:24 pm

    I was rooting for Michelle and Graham. Even though I HATED Michelle on her season on the Bachelor I loved her and Graham together. And Blake and Holly got engaged… what what? Michael is my pick for the next Bachelor at some point…he scored major sympathy points this season with me. And Ben as the new Bachelor? Now sure how I feel about that…I didn’t find him interesting enough to carry an entire season himself…but I know I will watch.

    Okay….I am officially the dorkiest person alive,

    • September 13, 2011 12:58 pm

      I agree!!! I think it’s funny that BP has shown how much editing they do during all of their shows– I mean, Michelle was CRAZY on her season, and there has been ZERO of that on BP! I agree that Michael would make a good bachelor…but I do love Ben!! I think he’ll be good! Not as cheesy as some of the other bachelors of late (ahem, Jake…Brad…)

  5. September 13, 2011 12:36 pm

    This dish looks fantastic. I have been thinking of curry dishes lately so I may very well be making this one soon.

  6. September 13, 2011 4:37 pm

    I started BP last night, but I don’t know who won yet! I did hear that Holly and Blake are engaged, however. WHAAAT?! Craziness. I feel bad for Michael!

    There is something about sweet potatoes and Indian spices that is absolutely divine! A favorite, for sure!

    P.S. Still getting used to the new URL…it’s weird still 🙂 You’ve been newly wed newly veg for so long 🙂

    • September 13, 2011 4:59 pm

      I know– it’s weird for me too 🙂 Ahh, change!

  7. September 13, 2011 5:44 pm

    I’m a meat eater but still prepare vegetarian meals about twice a week. This sounds delicious!

  8. September 13, 2011 9:32 pm

    Nice eats! YUM! I think it’s great that you two are having fun with food! I love it!

  9. September 14, 2011 2:24 am

    This looks amazing, now I’m craving curry! 🙂

  10. Alyssa permalink
    September 14, 2011 10:23 am

    My boyfriend and I made this for dinner last night (with couscous) and it was awesome. Wonderful flavor and texture – very authentic. Thank you for sharing!

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