Dabeli Style Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Healthy, mouthwatering ,gluten free, figure friendly, easy  Indian fusion recipe!

Gluten free, figure friendly, recipe for roasted sweet potatoes topped with mouthwatering Indian chaat spices and chutneys
Dabeli Style Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Gluten free, figure friendly, recipe for roasted sweet potatoes topped with mouthwatering Indian chaat spices and chutneys
Sorry….could not wait to dig in 🙂

Resolution : To lose the extra pounds. Yes, my New Year’s resolution, once again! Hard as it is to lose weight, what complicates things for me further is that I like warm, spicy food in the winter time. So the salads I enjoy in the summer feel cold to me in January.

In my quest to find warm, spicy, mouthwatering food that I love to eat, I thought of Dabeli. But, as always, I wanted to come up with a healthier recipe without compromising the taste. 

Traditionally, Dabeli is a ‘veggie burger like’ sandwich with  fried potato patties and served with toppings like chutneys, onion, cilantro, pomegranate arils, sev and peanuts.

Gluten free, figure friendly, recipe for roasted sweet potatoes topped with mouthwatering Indian chaat spices and chutneys
Oven roasted sweet potato topped with chaat spiced lentils and yogurt…before all other toppings are added

I decided to oven roast nutrient rich sweet potatoes, mix in a little dabeli masala and top them with meaty, protein rich, cooked lentils, cumin scented sweet yogurt sauce, spicy and sweet chutneys, onion, cilantro, roasted peanuts (I will certainly make the Masala Peanut Bhujia in 4 1/2 minutes next time) and pomegranate arils. I added a little sprinkling of sev…..hey no point in feeling deprived, right?

I was so glad that I roasted the entire bag of sweet potatoes that I got from Trader Joe’s because everyone wanted seconds!

The sweet potatoes roasted with a touch of olive oil, makes the skin crispy when baked. The dabeli masala complements its sweetness. The warm lentils juxtapose perfectly with the yogurt sauce and chutneys. The  little sprinkling of sev, onion and cilantro satisfies my chaat cravings. The peanuts and pomegranate add the crunch…..need I say more?

Do try this healthier option for Dabeli and let me know how you like it.

Dabeli Style Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon store bought Dabeli masala ( or to taste)
  • 1 ½ cup cooked lentils (masoor)
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala

For the yogurt sauce-

  • 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or stevia
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • 1 small red onion diced fine
  •  handful of cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fine sev (chick pea noodles)
  • 2 tablespoons of pomegranate arils


To make the Dabeli Style Roasted Sweet Potatoes-

  1. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Prick them a few times with a fork. Coat them lightly with the olive oil and bake them in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 35 minutes or until baked through and the skin is crisp. When cool enough to handle, cut a slit on top, press down a little to flatten them and mix in the Dabeli masala with the flesh using a fork. My Dabeli masala has salt added to it so I skip the salt.
  2. To the cooked lentils (masoor), add the chaat masala and toss to combine.
  3. Combine all ingredients for the yogurt sauce and whip them together to combine.
  4. To assemble the Dabeli style sweet potatoes- Place the sweet potato in a serving dish. Dividing the toppings into two, top each plate with the lentils, yogurt sauce, the chutneys, sev, diced onion and cilantro, the masala peanuts and pomegranate arils.
  5. Enjoy this mouthwatering and healthy dish!




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  1. Sandhya you always give a healthier twist. Admire that a lot. The idea is going to be a hit for sure. I love Dabeli – in nairobi there is a small shop where they sell dabeli and we like the spicier version. 😍 I must try your version sometime. Happy new year dear.

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    1. Thank you so much Meena! Happy New Year to you and your family! I love dabeli too. This gave me a chance to make mine spicier too , since each person can customize their own. Let me know how you like it.

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  2. Love the colors and the heartiness in this meal Sandhya. I don’t believe I’ve heard of dabeli, is it a form of chaat? Like the idea of the sev sprinkled on top, together with the pomegranate arils. Definitely an eye-catching and robust weeknight meal. Well done!

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    1. Thanks so much Loretta. Dabeli is a kind of chat sandwich that comes from the state of Gujrat in India but has become popular street food in Mumbai.
      Thanks so much for your kind comments (as always:)


    1. Thanks Liz. Funny story about that….when I first mentioned it to my husband, he had frowned on the idea….now he is so hooked on it that he got sweet potatoes from the market this week asking me to make it again. A big win in my book 🙂

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