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Sweet Potato Fries with Manjistha

I love the smoky almost paprika flavor of these fries! Manjistha spice is a heavy hitter in the herbal sphere - and boasts of so many benefits it is hard to count.  It's slightly bitter flavor reminds me of paprika, so coupled with the right peppercorns I can almost recreate those smoky spicy flavors I enjoy.


  • Air Fryer Oven or Large Cast Iron Pan


  • 1-2 Japanese Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 tbsp liquid coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp manjistha spice
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink or Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black peppercorn blend of choice I like Tellicherry, smoked, Tasmanian pepperberries and Grains of Paradise


  • Halve the sweet potatoes lengthwise, lie open face down and cut into strips at desired thickness. (I like mine about .75 centimeter)
  • Turn them on their side again and cut strips into fries.
  • Coat with liquid coconut oil* (I like to use a glass spray bottle for this, like Sally’s organics)
  • Sprinkle with Manjistha, salt and black pepper of choice and toss together.
  • Place in air fryer rack of Breville Smart Oven Air. (You can do this in a standard air fryer in smaller batches or place them all in a hot cast iron pan in a preheated oven)
  • Airfry at 360°F - 375°F for 25 minutes.
  • Serve.