Sweet Potato Chaat Recipe

There may not be any dish as nostalgic as roasted sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. Floyd Cardoz, chef of Paowalla in NYC, offers his take on the classic with sweet potato chaat. Chaat refers to any savory Indian snack—and that's just what this is. Roasted sweet potatoes are topped with a bright mint chutney, pomegranate seeds and fried sev for a vegetable side that covers every flavor profile and texture you could imagine.

This is a perfect dish to prepare in advance. Roast your sweet potatoes and make the mint chutney a few hours ahead. Then flash the potatoes in a hot oven to reheat and toss with the tamarind chutney and you're to focus on the other dishes.

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Recipe adapted from Floyd Cardoz, Paowalla, New York, NY

Sweet Potato Chaat
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Roasted sweet potatoes are tossed in a mint chutney before getting topped with a bright cilantro sauce in this Indian side dish.
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to 6 servings
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • For the Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • 16 medium (2 pounds) fingerling sweet potatoes
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 5 tablespoons tamarind chutney
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch chaat masala
  • Granulated sugar, to taste
  • For the Mint Chutney
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup whole plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 serrano chile, minced and divided
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • ½ cup red onion
  • ¼ cup peanuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 pinch chaat masala
  • For Garnish
  • ½ cup sev (fried noodles)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  1. Roast the sweet potatoes: Preheat the oven to 325º. Season the potatoes with salt and wrap in foil. Place on a baking sheet and roast until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them and cut into ¼-inch rounds.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, make the mint chutney: In a blender, combine the mint, cilantro, yogurt, lime juice, shallot, sugar, half of the serrano and salt. Purée until smooth and transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the remaining serrano chile and the rest of the chutney ingredients to incorporate, then set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the roasted sweet potatoes with the remaining ingredients and toss to coat. Transfer to a platter and spoon the mint chutney over top. Garnish with sev and pomegranate seeds, then serve.
Calories per Serving 457
Total Fat 4.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 2.7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 97.2 g
Dietary Fiber 13.1 g
Total Sugars 34.3 g
Sodium 1,024.4 mg
Protein 10.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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