Cumin roast sweet potatoes with tahini sauce

Cumin roast sweet potatoes with tahini sauce

I love this kind of food. Rustic and full of flavour, with only a handful of ingredients and even fewer steps. These cumin roast sweet potatoes are my new Monday night staple. They’re not needy of additions, but who can argue with a pale tahini sauce? I finish this hot roast salad with toasty salt and pepper seeds.

Cumin roast sweet potatoes with tahini sauce

Roasting the sweet potatoes on a slightly higher heat encourages a toffee-like sweetness with a buttery soft flesh. A light scattering of cumin seeds adds just enough earthiness to make it feel Middle Eastern. You can use ground cumin too, but whole spices have a pungency that dry spices lack.

To make the salt and pepper seeds, I toast a handful of sunflower and sesame seeds in a drop of olive oil until golden. Season lightly with freshly ground black pepper and sea salt flakes.

Cumin roast sweet potatoes with tahini sauce
Cumin roast sweet potatoes with tahini sauce

Serves 4-6 as a side

  • olive oil, for roasting
  • 8 sweet potatoes, halved
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) cumin seeds
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
Tahini sauce
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) tahini
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) water
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 15ml (1 tablespoon) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

  • toasted sunflower and sesame seeds, to finish
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped (optional) 

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 210º C.  Arrange the sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and scatter over the cumin seeds. Season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Roast for 45-50 minutes, turning over half way through the cooking time.
  3. For the tahini sauce, whisk all the ingredients together until the sauce is smooth.
  4. To serve, swirl the tahini sauce onto a plate and lay the sweet potatoes on top. Scatter with seeds and dates. Drizzle with a little more olive oil, if you like.

 

 

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