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.

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