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bolani recipe

Sweet potato bolani recipe with garlic yogurt sauce

Simple and delicious sweet potato bolani recipe! Savory Afghan hand pies with cilantro, green onion, and garlic yogurt sauce.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Afghan
Keyword vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10 bolani
Calories 110 kcal
Author Trish Bozeman


  • 1 pound sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup full fat plain yogurt (plant based yogurt if vegan)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup whole scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 6 10-inch square lavash flat breads
  • fresh cilantro for serving optional


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Roast sweet potatoes in the oven, skin on, until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, make your garlic yogurt. Mix together garlic and yogurt, and set aside. Keep cold.
  4. When potatoes are cooked and slightly cooled, cut in half and scoop out flesh into a large bowl. Discard skin. Add cilantro, scallions, olive oil, and salt, and mash with a fork until well combined and mashed.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together flour and water to create a paste.
  6. Place your lavash bread on a flat surface. Fill with 1/4 cup potato mixture, leaving 1/2 inch border around the rim. Using your finger. spread a bit of the paste around the border and fold bread in half. Press around the edges, sealing the sweet potato inside the bread pocket. Repeat with remaining lavash bread and sweet potato mixture.
  7. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Fry the bolani in hot oil, two at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Lay on a paper town to soak up oil.

  8. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with garlic yogurt sauce
Nutrition Facts
Sweet potato bolani recipe with garlic yogurt sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 bolani)
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 273mg11%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 6530IU131%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.