Curried Sweet Potatoes with Chard and Chickpeas
A superb fusion of flavors permeates this nourishing harvest dish of sweet potatoes and chard. Serve like a stew in shallow bowls, accompanied by warm flatbread. This recipe works well with other greens, as you’ll see in the variations following the recipe. From
Wild About Greens.* Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen.
Serves: 4 to 6
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large sweet potatoes or 4 medium garnet yams,
peeled and cut into large dice
- One 16- to 20-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- One 16-ounce can diced tomatoes (try fire-roasted)
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons good-quality curry powder, or more, to taste
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger, more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or more, to taste
- 8 to 12 ounces chard, any variety (or see Variations)
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley, or more or less to taste
- 1/4 cup raisins, optional (but highly recommended)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large skillet or a stir-fry pan. Add the garlic and sauté over low heat until golden.
Add the sweet potato dice and cup and a half or so of water; bring to a simmer and cook until just tender, adding just enough additional water if needed, as they cook, to keep the mixture moist.
Stir in the chickpeas, tomatoes, scallions, curry powder, ginger, and cumin and bring the mixture to a simmer again; cook over low heat for 10 minutes or so, until the sweet potatoes are tender.
Meanwhile, strip or cut the chard leaves away from the stems. Slice the stems thinly, and cut the leaves into strips.
Add the chard to the skillet, in batches if necessary, and cover. Cook briefly, just until the chard wilts, then stir in. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, or until the chard is tender but not overdone. Stir in the cilantro and optional raisins. Season with salt and pepper, then serve.
This is also good with kale, collard greens, spinach, and mustard greens. Stemmed, coarsely chopped spinach or whole baby spinach leaves can be added as you would the chard in the directions above, as can chopped mustard greens. If you’d like to try kale or collard greens in this dish, I’d suggest steaming first before adding to the dish when you would the other greens.
You can also vary the kind of beans used. Try black beans, red beans, or pinto beans.
- Sample more recipes for global stews.
- Enjoy more of VegKitchen’s sweet potato recipes.
- Find lots more recipes on VegKitchen for kale, collards, and other hardy greens.
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