Aloo Aur Shakarkandi ki Chaat made with potatoes and sweet potatoes , a healthy snack recipe with lots of flavours to satisfy the hunger pangs or relish during fasting days/ festivals like Navratri or Ekadashi.
Aloo is Potato and Shakarkandi is Sweet Potato. Aloo Shakarkandi ki chaat is boiled potato and sweet potato tossed in Indian spice mix Chaat Masala and chutneys garnished with fresh coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds.Mainly a satvik recipe that can be eaten on fastings days and festivals. People also make it during regular days as evening snack specially in winters.
If you have visited North India during winters, you will many street vendors serving roasted Aloo Aur shakarkandi ki chaat. They roast vegetables on small chullahs or angeetis, small traditional clay stoves in India that are fulled with coal or wood. This gives an earthy aroma to roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes. Topped with dash of lemon, red chilli powder and salt makes it very appetizing and appealing to taste buds.
Satvik food is prepared without onion and garlic. As per ancient system of Ayurveda, food groups can be divided into three categories(read here more–link to be updated soon) , one of them is Satvik Food. Satvik food is usually consumed during fasting days, when people abstain from food that are considered hot like garlic and onions and lot of other vegetables,spices, grains and legumes. This food group is best that can be consumed for detox and internal cleaning.I am updating another post with details on Satvik food.. will soon upload it.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes are considered satvik and the dish is made without any onion and garlic and other spices and hence can be consumed on fasting days.
Linking my post to my facebook group Food for Feast, where the theme this month is Satvik Food .
What is Chaat
Chaat in India , refers to practically any snack that has all the element (sweet, spicy, tangy, sour) to tickle off your taste buds. It is usually eaten as evening snack but you can relish it at any time of day. Chaat items consists from deep fried Pakoras(Dal ke Pakora), Onion Bhajiya(chickpea and onion fritters), the famous Bhel Puri, Aloo Tikkis(potato cutlets) , Dahi Papadi, Dahi Vade . Golpappe/Pani Poori(deep fried whole wheat puffed breads with sweet and tangy water and many more. People usually enjoy chaat items, prepared by street-food vendors, but you can make these at home too.
Benefits of Sweet Potatoes and Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are known to be more nutritious than potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in fibers, vitamins and minerals and a great source of beta-carotene. Many studies have shown that these also regulate the blood sugar levels.
Potatoes are known to be good source of fibers, Vit. C, minerals like potassium, zinc and calcium for stronger bones.
Both sweet potato and potatoes are known to be Poor Man’s food due to the easily availability cheap prices as compared to other vegetables and their nutritional value.
How to make Aloo Aur Shakarkandi Ki Chaat(Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes Chaat)
A very easy and quick recipe if you have the chutneys in hand. We need Dhaniya Chutney/Green Chutney or the Coriander and Mint Chutney and sweet and tangy Tamarind Chutney.
When making for non-fasting days one can add finely chopped onions, with sev(fried chickpea very fine noodles) on it. On fasting days one can add pomegranate seeds or cucumber or aloo laccha (fried potato noodles used for Indian namkeen/ savoury snack).
First step to make Aloo Shakarkandi ki Chaat is to boil potatoes and sweet potatoes. Many people peel and cook raw vegetables. But I find it easy to use pre-boiled vegetables especially on fasting days. You can boil it keep it and use whenever required. It takes only few minutes to make this delicious stir fry chaat.
Sweet Potatoes. Potatoes, Chaat Masala(homemade or store bought) , kala namak(black salt)are the main ingredients.
Optional ingredients are pomegranate seeds, fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped onions, plain yogurt. You can garnish chaat with any of the toppings.
Boiled Potatoes and Sweet potatoes, are stir fried in little oil Cilantro and Mint Chutney and Tamarind Chutney.
First Step is boil Potatoes and Sweet potato. Use pressure cooker to boil. In open pan it can take quite sometime. I took medium sized sweet potatoes, one whistle in pressure cooker is enough .Sweet potatoes take less time to cook, one whistle is enough. More than one whistle it urns very mushy.
You can also boil sweet potatoes in Instant Pot, if making in large amount. Will update the method later.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes can also be microwaved. Wrap in a tissue paper and cook as per microwave’s setting.
You can also roast sweet potatoes and potatoes in oven.
Stir fry peeled, cubed tubers in little desi ghee. Once potatoes and sweet potatoes start to get caramelize,add salt and mix well.
Take out in a serving bowl.
Divide into individual bowls, top with green chutney and tamarind chutney. add pomegranate seeds or onion (during non-fasting days).
I just tempered it in desi ghee.Stir fired with desi ghee, adds on to the flavour and I like to have it this way.
For Vegan or No-Oil version or , you can skip frying it in ghee and directly add chaat masala and chutneys.
Few tips to note while making it for fasting days..
If you don’t use all the ingredients for Chaat masala or avoid the ready-made one during fasting, you can use only roasted cumin powder, dry mango powder(amchur) and sendha namak(salt used for fasting) for taste.
All the above spices are available at Indian grocery stores.
Substitute for Sendha Namak is Pink Himalayan Salt.
Aloo Shakarkandi Ki Chaat
- 2 Sweet Potatoes
- 1-2 Potatoes
- Green Chutney
- Tamarind Chutney
- 1/2 Cup Pomogrante Seeds
- Chaat Masala as per taste
- Boiled Potatoes and Sweet potatoes, are stir fried in little oil Cilantro and Mint Chutney and Tamarind Chutney.
- First Step is boil Potatoes and Sweet potato. Use pressure cooker to boil. In open pan it can take quite sometime.
- Stir fry peeled, cubed tubers in little desi ghee. Once potatoes and sweet potatoes start to get caramelize,add salt and mix well.
- Take out in a serving bowl.
- Divide into individual bowls, top with green chutney and tamarind chutney. add pomegranate seeds and serve.
Do try this Aloo Shakarkandi ki Chaat , you will surely love it. Serve it your guests during brunch parties or chaat parties. Kids to like it topped wit chutneys and sev. It is easy to prepare and very nutritious for every age group.
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