Danielle Alvarez's Roasted sweet potatoes with tamarind, peanut and lime

Roasted sweet potato with tamarind, peanut and lime make a hearty vegetarian main course.
Roasted sweet potato with tamarind, peanut and lime make a hearty vegetarian main course. Photo: William Meppem

Think of this as the crazy cousin of the baked potato.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1kg small/medium sweet potatoes
  • olive oil

Tamarind dressing

  • 30g tamarind paste
  • 10g (2 tsp) honey
  • 2g (½ tsp) ground cumin 
  • pinch of cayenne
  • juice of ½ lime

Salad

  • 60g peanuts (or swap for cashews, if allergic)
  • 70g (about ½) cucumber, semi-peeled and diced
  • 70g (3-4) radishes, diced
  • 50g (about ¼) red onion, diced
  • 20g (about ½) chopped green jalapeno, optional
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • olive oil

To finish

  • 3-4 tbsp tahini
  • 1½ tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp zaatar
  • ​handful of coriander leaves

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C fan-forced (180C conventional). Prick the sweet potatoes several times with a fork and rub them with a little olive oil and salt. Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast for 40-60 minutes, or until they are soft all the way through.
  2. While they are roasting, prepare your tamarind dressing and salad. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. For the salad, toast the nuts in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant, then add them to a mixing bowl. Add the cucumber, radish, onion and chopped jalapeno, the lime juice and olive oil and a good pinch of salt. Toss to combine and set aside.
  4. When the potatoes are completely soft, remove from the oven, place on a serving plate and cut a slit lengthwise through the centre. Squash the sweet potatoes to open them out, then drizzle with tahini and honey and add a good sprinkle of salt. Spoon the salad over the top then drizzle the dressing over everything. Finish with a sprinkle of zaatar and coriander leaves.

Serves 4 as a main or 6 as a side dish

This recipe is from episode three of Good Food's new TV show, Good Food Kitchen, screening on Channel 9 at 1pm on Saturday, October 23, or catch up on 9Now.