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Curried Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Chickpeas

Always rinse canned chickpeas (and other beans) before using to reduce the sodium content and improve their flavor.



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¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
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2 scallions (white and light green parts), thinly sliced
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1 to 2 tsp. curry powder
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½ tsp. ground cumin
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¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
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10 to 12 oz. fresh spinach, stemmed and coarsely chopped
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2 large sweet potatoes (about 2 lbs.), peeled and diced
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16- to 20-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
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14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes


  1. In large saucepan fitted with steamer basket, bring 2 inches water to a boil over high heat. Add sweet potatoes, cover and cook until just tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in another large saucepan, combine chickpeas, tomatoes and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add spinach, cover and cook just until wilted, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in sweet potatoes, cilantro, scallions, curry powder, cumin, cinnamon and salt to taste until well combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until flavors have blended, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information: 

8 g
Total Fat: 
2 g
Saturated Fat: 
59 g
392 mg
9 g
6 servings

Comments on this Recipe

Delicious! Even faster if you use the pressure cooker to steam your cubed sweet potatoes--just for a minute or two!

Very good recipe! I added some salt, and served it with some whole wheat naan, which made it a great meal. Would also be good over rice or daal.

Quick and easy prep resulting in a nicely flavored and colorful dish. While better with the fresh spinach specified in the recipe, I usually make it with frozen spinach (cooked before adding) as one of my standard "didn't make it to the store but need to get dinner on the table" meals since I tend to have everything else on hand as staples.

Added frozen spinach instead of fresh as well since I had it. Served it with a green salad. Very filling and yummy with a spoonful of locally made Butternut and Beer Chutney!

Wanting to surprise my boyfriend with dinner I decided to try something new. I followed this recipe exactly without any modifications and it turned out great. We both enjoyed it. I will definitely be making it again!

looks good