Recipe: African-Inspired Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Kale

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african sweet potatoes with chickpeas and kaleI will eat sweet potatoes any time, any place, anywhere. I love the color, flavor, and texture; they’re an extremely versatile vegetable. The other night, I knew I wanted sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and kale, but I also knew that none of my cookbooks had a recipe including all three. So I set out to create my own!

The result is a sort of amalgamation of the chickpeas and sweet potatoes from Vegan Fire & Spice and the African sweet potato and peanut stew from Vegan Planet. I looked to both recipes for inspiration and was happy with the results. Serve it over rice or couscous for a complete, tasty meal!

African-Inspired Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas & Kale
serves 4


  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked or 1 (15.5oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed if canned
  • 2 cups kale, chopped or shredded


  1. Place the onion in a large pot over medium heat. Cover and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add small splashes of water to the pan if the onions start to stick.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the sweet potatoes and stir to coat.
  3. Add the broth and tomatoes, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in the kale and chickpeas. Return to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10-15 minutes longer.   If the potatoes are still hard, cover the pot while it simmers.  Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve hot.

vegan african sweet potato recipe with chickpeas


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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