For years I’ve used sweet potatoes for making “shakarkandi ki chaat” or in a sprout salad as these were the only two ways I’ve known how to cook them! While I love both the dishes to bits, this roasted version really took me by surprise. More so for my kids, who are happy to forego the entire dinner just for these hearty and comforting beauts! Be warned these Sweet Potato Oven Fries are dangerously addictive….
Sweet potatoes are not only inexpensive and easily available, they are also one of the healthiest vegetables out there with a good dose of fiber essential to facilitate digestion. They are an excellent source of vitamin A. Rich in fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C and D, they also have high iron and magnesium ( which helps with chronic fatigue and insomnia!) content. Being complex carbohydrates, their natural sugar is released slowly in the body, thus providing balanced energy without any spike in the blood sugar level.
Because sweet potatoes are naturally sweet tasting, they are a happy recipient of spices and roasting them just intensifies their flavour, caramelises them on the outside and keeps them tender on the inside. The taste is sweet, spicy, savoury, crispy all at once. They are so simple to make….just cut them up, toss with olive oil, seasonings and let your oven do all the work. Dunk them in your favourite sauce ( I used my homemade vegan mayo), eat them on their own or as a delicious side to this veggie burger.