Sweet potato chaat recipe for Navratri fasting. This is one of the most easy to prepare tasty chaat recipe made with sweet potatoes or shakarkandi and a few spice powders. A quick and delicious no fat snack to enjoy any time of the day. It is one of the popular snack dish that is made during fasting days.
Sweet potato or shakarkandi, as it is known in Hindi, is a master root vegetable when it comes to the fasting/vrat season in India. Organically, vegan and gluten free, it results in lovely dishes that are filling as well as gives the right energy required during all those times when you are keeping fast.
One such yum dish is this simple Sweet Potato Chaat. Just 5 ingredients and you’re ready with an easy, fuss-free Shakarkandi Chaat. Perfect food for your Navratri or any other religious fasts.
Although I have made shakarkandi ki chaat for Navratri fasting. But it tastes so good that you can have this chaat any time. The sweetness of the shakarkandi pairs very well with the slight pungency of the black pepper powder and the tang coming from the dry mango powder and lemon juice.
While living in Gurugram (Gurgaon), on occasions we used to have shakarkandi chaat during the winters from the street side thela (food cart).
I still remember the smoky flavor in the chaat coming from roasted sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes would be roasted on coal and this would give them a lovely smoky flavor, that you will not get if you roast the sweet potatoes in an oven or steam them in a pressure cooker or pan. But nevertheless this recipe of sweet potato chaat still tastes good.
I have used here spice powders which are consumed during Navratri fasting. But if not fasting, then you can always add your choice of spice powders.
Sweet potato is a superfood. This makes it obviously a better and more nutrient dense choice, when compared to the regular potatoes. Since shakarkandi is also naturally sweet and starchy, it qualifies as a great veggie to make amazingly delicious sweet dishes as well, in addition to the savory ones like this Sweet Potato Chaat.
This Shakarkandi Chaat also packs many essential nutrients in it and is an excellent health dish. Because these tubers are rich sources of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this chaat automatically becomes a wholesome and hearty meal in itself.
How to make Sweet Potato Chaat
1. Firstly rinse 260 to 270 sweet potatoes very well in water. Then steam them in a pressure cooker or a pan.
If cooking in a pressure cooker, then pressure cook for about 3 to 4 whistles with water just about covering the sweet potatoes.
I steamed sweet potatoes in a rice cooker. In the picture you see four sweet potatoes, but I only used two of them for the chaat. You can even peel sweet potatoes first and then steam them.
2. After the sweet potatoes are cooked well, then peel them lightly and chop them. Take them in a bowl.
3. Add ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder, ½ teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder) and rock salt (sendha namak).
If making for regular days, then you can also add red chilli powder and chaat masala powder. Some roasted cumin powder can also be added. You can add the spice powders less or more as per your taste preferences.
4. Then ½ to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
5. Mix gently. Check the taste and add any of the spice powders or lemon juice if required.
6. Serve shakarkandi ki chaat.
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Sweet Potato Chaat | Shakarkandi Chaat
- 260 to 270 grams sweet potatoes or 1.5 to 2 cups chopped boiled sweet potatoes (shakarkandi)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (kali mirch powder)
- ½ teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder) or add as required
- ½ to 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- rock salt (edible and food grade) or sendha namak as required
boiling sweet potatoes (shakarkandi)
- Firstly rinse 260 to 270 sweet potatoes very well in water.
- Then steam them in a pressure cooker or a pan. If cooking in a pressure cooker, then pressure cook for about 3 to 4 whistles with water just about covering the sweet potatoes.
making shakarkandi ki chaat:
- After the sweet potatoes are cooked well and when they become warm, then peel them lightly and chop them. Take them in a bowl.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder, 1/2 teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder) and rock salt (sendha namak). If making for regular days, then you can also add red chilli powder and chaat masala powder. Some roasted cumin powder can also be added. You can add the spice powders less or more as per your taste preferences.
- Then 1/2 to 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
- Mix gently. Check the taste and add any of the spice powders or lemon juice if required.
- Serve shakarkandi ki chaat.
- You can also add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder in the recipe.
- The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.
- If not making for navratri fasting, then you can use red chilli powder, chaat masala.
- Black salt can also be added instead of rock salt.
- Spice powders can be added more or less as per your taste preferences.
This Sweet Potato Chaat post from the blog archives first published on October 2016 has been updated and republished on January 2023.
Oh I love it so much! So easy to make and so yummy!