Monday, March 22, 2010

Spicy Sweet Potatoes - Indian Style / Sakkaravalli kizhangu Poriyal

Sweet Potato is one of my favourite. In our Village, we cook these sweet potatoes, (sakkaravalli kizhangu in Tamil), by burning them on fire. we remove its outer burnt skin and eat the potato. As a Kid, i will be allowed near stove (viragu aduppu) only if i will eat a burned cooked potato(sutta kizhangu). It's so healthy Root too.

Sweet Potato Roast - Indian Style

On moving to the city, i attempted cooking it on stove flame, but it did'nt taste as good as the one's cooked with viragu aduppu. The recipe, that iam going to share is very simple, but it will work Great. If you love sweet potato, then do try this for sure.

Sakkaravalli kizhangu poriyal
meal today, with rasam, sakkaravalli kizhangu poriyal.

                       Spicy Sweet Potatoes - Indian Style  / Sakkaravalli kizhangu Poriyal


  • Sweet Potatoes / Sakkaravalli Kizhangu - 4 (or) 300gms
  • Big Red Onion - 1
  • Oil - 2 tbsp's
  • Mustard - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 5
  • Chilli Powder / Sambhar Powder - 2 tbsp's
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp


Chop one big red onion finely.

Trim the Head and tail of the sweet potato and peel its skin. wash them. Chop them in round shapes and keep aside. they soon change colour, so you soak them in water, till it is to be added on to the pan.

Heat a Pan, add oil & heat it. add mustard, let it pop. add curry leaves & roast it. add 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder.

Add finely chopped onion's and fry them, till they turn translucent. now add the chopped sweet potatoes and mix well with the onion's. add salt to taste and chilli / sambhar powder and mix well.

Now add 1/4 cup water  or to say add water, till the sweet potatoes could immerse in the water on the pan and close it with a lid and lower the flame.

the sweet potatoes gets cooked within 5 mins in the water. now let the sweet potatoes get roasted in the pan for another 3-4 mins. make sure not to burn them.

Serve this spicy sweet potato roast with sambhar rice or with morkuzhambu. i served it with rasam. that was a lovely simple meal we had one day on last week.


sometimes sweet potato may be new and hard, so it takes lots of time to get cooked. so keep sprinkling water till it gets cooked. overcooking may result in mashy potatoes.


  1. Sakkaraivalli Kizhangu poriyal looks delicious. The color and texture on the kizhangu is making me crave for it.

  2. If i had this at home it won't reach the table each time i pass the kitchen i will be eating them straight from the pot. Looks so so delicous.

  3. Sweet potato fry looks the color...pass me that wonderful platter...Yummy!!!

  4. I love this fry. My sis used to make this. Nice clicks lavi.

  5. The pic looks beautiful. Somehow, I never developed a taste for sweet potato....but I know what you mean when you talk about the taste of something that's cooked on fire. We cook nenthrapazham that way and eat it.

  6. Feel like finishing that whole plate, its has been ages i have spicy version of fry with sweet potatoes..looks yumm!!

  7. Looks delicious..very beautiful picture..

  8. spicy potato curry looks so tasty..wonderful click of a very delicious platter.

  9. Sweet potato curry looks superba nd looks great

  10. I am definitely not a fan of sweet potato but this recipe makes me think over.

  11. My MIL makes this specially on pongal day, one among the seven varieties of poriyal that she does on that dat :)

  12. never tried sweet potato curry . My mom too use a different style of aduppu called "kummutiaddupu" to cook this sweet potato in direct fire.Will try this soon

  13. Wonderful. Make me want to steal your plate with rasam, appalam and the poriyal.

  14. sounds good,I have tried another recipe,but dint liked much,will try urs,and I too love that smoky smelling,sweet potato cooked in direct flame,i too have done that in childhood :):)

  15. Sweet potato fry looks awesome Lavi...will try this one soon...thanks for the recipe:)

  16. Lavi,this preparation is drool worthy ,I love the,"Thali" and rassam is again my favorite :)

  17. I am gonna try this soon!!!!! :)

  18. looks so yummy recipe for sweet potato..
    cant wait to try out..
    thanks and kep posting your great recipes

  19. Tried it and it was delicious!!!..Thanks for the recipe..:)

  20. hi not have a taste bud for sweetpotatoes but this dish looked tried it today and it was delicious...thanks for sharing your culinary skills...looking forward for more..............

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  22. very nice blog and informative. Thanks for sharing with us spices in india make our food so taste and spicy.

  23. Lavi, thanks so much for the recipe. I always had known the health benefits of sweet potato : raises body immunity immensely , but never was able to cook in a yummy way until I saw your recipe. Now like any other vegetables like beans,carrot, cabbage I can cook sweet potato too in Native Indian style. Thanks a lot.
    - Mom of a little naughty Kindergartner :)


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