Sweet Potato and Chickpea Masala Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • water as needed
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water, or more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Melt ghee with oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute ginger and garlic in the ghee mixture until aromatic and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add onion; continue to saute until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes more.
  2. Mix curry powder, cumin, coriander, chili powder, garam masala, and turmeric together in a bowl; add to the skillet and stir. Stir enough water into the skillet to get the mixture to be paste-like; cook to let the flavors intensify for about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir sweet potato, chickpeas, 1 cup water, and salt into the mixture in the skillet; cook at a simmer until the sweet potato is just tender, about 10 minutes. Thin the mixture with more water if too thick.
  4. Stir tomatoes into the sweet potato mixture, bring to a boil, and cook until the liquid reduces to a thick gravy, about 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.