06 September, 2013

Shakarkandi Chaat (Sweet Potato Spicy Salad)

Guilt-free treat.

When Shakarkandi, or sweet potatoes are available, they always find their way into this super-quick, super-easy, super-healthy, and nutritious snack.

Not only is it filling, but packed with fibre and vitamins.  It is also a low GI (glycemic index) food making it suitable for diabetics.

I simply toss in some on top of the seperator-containers that I use to cook the rice and dal, in the pressure cooker.  (Also works great with regular potatoes; just cut the very large ones into halves.)

Where they get nicely steamed till soft. Or you could always boil them like potaotes, or bake them till done.
The cooked shakarkandi can stay in the fridge for a couple of days, if using later.

Just slice them into a bowl, sprinkle the toppings of your choice, toss, and munch right away.
Traditionally served piping hot, but just as good, cold.

Toppings for sprinkling on (all optional) -    (Me, I didn't bother with the slicing part, either!)
Salt, Sendha Namak
Black salt, Kala Namak/Saanchal (if using both, a good ratio is 1/3 regular salt + 2/3 black salt)
Lemon Juice
Chilli Powder
Chaat Masala (I used the organic one by 24-Letter Mantra)
Bhuna Jeera (Roasted Cumin) Powder (how to make)
Finely chopped fresh Coriander (Hara Dhaniya)

Simply Delicious.


  1. We make sweet potato curry or dry dish this is such an innovative way, love it Ila.

    1. Meena, we use it in curries and fried dishes, too! I wonder if your sweet-potato curry is with a tamarind gravy like ours is?!
      But this version - btw, it's a pretty popular street food up North in Delhi when winter is just beginning,- is a favorite.
      Really, for something that tastes pretty good on it's own, even toppings sometimes seem unnecessary! :)

  2. Looks really tasty- those white sweet potatoes are a bit of a luxury here in the @UK though.

    1. I hadn't thought that would be the case, Sarojini! Always been seeing such delicious pictures online of so many richly coloured ones - though admittedly more from the US. Now that promptly got me checking - found (among others) an interesting link to Thompson & Morgan who have 9 varieties listed and an interesting guide on how to grow them! :) Guess it's reqt's must be similar to curry patta, though, eh? Here's the link http://www.thompson-morgan.com/vegetables/potatoes/sweet-potatoes (wow - those seeds are expensive!) :O Of course, one can't simply be growing sweet potatoes just because they aren't available - I doubt if I would! :P :)

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