Sweet Potato Cutlet Recipe | Sweet Potato Tikki

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When it comes to Indian religious festivals, food for fasting is as important as any other aspect of the celebrations. Many dishes, like this Sweet Potato Cutlet, Sweet Potato Tikki or Sweet Potato Patties, are made with a variety of vegetables and fruits minus onion, garlic, etc. during such times. This Sweet Potato Cutlet recipe is the perfect snack for your Navratri vrat (fast). It does not require much time and efforts, and is delicious too.

sweet potato tikki

More on this Sweet Potato Cutlet

Sweet potatoes (shakarkandi) can be a welcome change when you are tired of having the regular potatoes, day in day out. The best part is if you are a potato lover, you can make the same recipes with shakarkandi too.

Just like this delicious Sweet Potato Cutlet, popularly known as Sweet Potato Tikki o Sweet Potato Patties in India. Though it is one of the most loved dishes during vrats or fasts in India, it can also be made as a snack on a regular day or turned into a Shakarkandi Chaat with yummy toppings.

In addition to this Sweet Potato Cutlet, other recipes that you can try during your fasting days are Farali Pattice, Arbi Tikki, Sabudana Tikki, Sabudana Vada and Farali Batata Vada.

The best way to relish this Sweet Potato Tikki is to serve it with a Phalahari Green Chutney, Coconut Chutney or Sweet Tamarind Chutney.

Sweet Potato Cutlet for Fasts

Here are certain things that you should keep in mind while preparing the Sweet Potato Patties for your fasting (vrat) days.

  • Bind the cutlets or tikkis with arrowroot flour. If you don’t have it, you can use buckwheat flour or chestnut flour. For non-fasting days, you can use cornflour too.
  • Add rock salt or sendha namak instead of regular salt. On regular days, you can also use black salt.
  • You can add lemon juice in place of dried mango powder or amchur. This along with the spice powders can be adjusted according to your taste preferences.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Sweet Potato Cutlet

1. Rinse 4 medium size sweet potatoes (shakarkandi) well in water.

rinsing sweet potatoes in water

2. Roast them in the oven till they are soft and cooked. Or else pressure cook with enough water and salt till they become soft. You can also boil them in a pan with water and salt.

boiling sweet potatoes in salted water

3. Drain the water, allow the sweet potatoes to cool.

boiled sweet potatoes kept for cooling

4. When they cool down, peel them.

peeling boiled and cooled sweet potatoes

5. With a potato masher, mash the sweet potatoes well.

mashing sweet potatoes with a potato masher

6. Measure lemon juice, spices and keep all the ingredients ready for making Sweet Potato Cutlet.

lemon juice and spices for making sweet potato cutlet

7. Add 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera powder), ½ teaspoon dried mango powder (amchur powder), 1 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste, 1 teaspoon chaat masala, ½ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder and rock salt (sendha namak) as required. If you are not making these tikkis for religious fasting or vrat, then instead of rock salt you can use regular salt.

adding roasted cumin powder, dried mango powder, ginger-green chili paste, chaat masala, red chili powder, garam masala powder and rock salt to mashed sweet potatoes

8. Next, add 1 or 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour, chestnut flour or buckwheat flour. I have used buckwheat flour.

adding buckwheat flour to spiced mashed sweet potatoes

9. Mix well.

mixing spices mashed sweet potato-flour mixture

10. Shape into medium sized cutlets, tikkis or patties.

shaping sweet potato mixture into cutlets

11. Pan fry Sweet Potato Cutlets with little oil till both the sides are well browned.

pan frying sweet potato cutlets in hot oil

12. Garnish with some coriander leaves and serve Sweet Potato Cutlet with a chutney.

sweet potato cutlet served in a platter with green chutney

Superfood Sweet Potato

A perfect veggie for your vrats, sweet potato or shakarkandi is considered as a superfood. Because of its health benefits, it is often preferred over its tuber counterparts like potatoes.

Inspite of being popular in Indian cuisine, shakarkandi or sweet potato is not from India. While Central America is known to be the native place of sweet potatoes, China is the biggest producer and consumer of this root vegetable. In India, Odisha is at the top of this table.

Sweet potatoes are a powerhouse of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants like beta carotene. They are also low on carbohydrates.

This nutrient composition has great cleansing properties which may reduce the risk of cancer in the body. It is also good for your digestive and immune system, reproductive health, bones, skin, brain and vision.

Whether fasting or no, you must include sweet potatoes in your diet. This Sweet Potato Cutlet is one of the simplest and tastiest to do so.

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Sweet Potato Cutlet Recipe

Sweet Potato Tikki recipe is a fasting recipe made from sweet potatoes or shakarkandi.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Snacks
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 7 sweet potato tikki


  • 4 sweet potatoes (shakarkandi)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste
  • 1 or 2 tablespoon arrowroot flour or buckwheat flour or chestnut flour
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ teaspoon dried mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon crushed roasted cumin or cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • rock salt (edible and food grade) (sendha namak) or black salt as required
  • oil for frying


  • Rinse the sweet potatoes well in water.
  • Roast them in the oven till they are soft and cooked.
  • Or else pressure cook with enough water and salt till they become soft.
  • You can also boil them in a pan with water and salt.
  • Drain the water, let them cool and peel.
  • With a potato masher, mash the sweet potatoes well.
  • Add all the ingredients except oil. Mix well.
  • Shape into medium sized cutlet, tikkis or patties.
  • Pan fry the cutlets with little oil till both the sides are well browned.
  • Garnish with some coriander leaves.
  • Serve Sweet Potato Cutlet with a chutney.


Few tips for shakarkandi tikki recipe:
  1. If the mixture feels a little loose, then add some more arrowroot flour, buckwheat flour or chestnut flour.
  2. When making these cutlets for fast or vrat, then add rock salt only. Don’t use regular salt for fasting food.
  3. If you are not making these tikkis for religious fasting, then instead of rock salt you can use regular salt.
  4. If you don’t have dried mango powder, then add lemon juice.
  5. The spice powders and lemon juice can be adjusted as per your taste preferences.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Cutlet Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 406mg18%
Potassium 444mg13%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 18368IU367%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Vitamin E 2mg13%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 43mg4%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 15µg4%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 34mg9%
Phosphorus 63mg6%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I am your big fan Dassana. You have made cooking so simple and easy. Can i add chopped onions and coriander leaves to this?

    1. thanks parvathy. of course, you can add onions and coriander leaves in the tikki recipe. many variations can be made.

  2. I am a big fan of your recipes. Am planning to try the tikkis today, however I do not have any of the mentioned flours. Can I use maida / besan or any other substitute? looking fwd to your response.5 stars

    1. thanks charuta. you can use any flour for binding. like maida, besan or rice flour. if using besan, then lightly roast it and then add. rice flour and maida can be added without roasting.

  3. Hi Dassana!!! I have tried so many awesome recipes from ur blog n each time it’s a hit… I was so not into cooking but ur recipes n the compliments I get on that is turning me into a hobby cook… I love trying ur recipes.. Thank u! Would be trying this tikki in the evening today! 🙂

    1. thanks priya for sharing your positive feedback and experience. glad to know this.

  4. Awesome recipe!!! tried this today with Almond Meal\Powder as I didnt have any other flours mentioned in the ingredients. They turned out awesome… A must try recipe5 stars

  5. Hi

    I’m newly married and don’t really have a genius record in cooking. But your blog has come as a saviour for me. Since my entire family is a foodie so in order to impress them your blog is a huge help.
    Today while going through the blog I came across navratra recipes. Voila! It has made my day again. I was thinking of trying out this recipe today. Can you tell me what should be the consistency of the tikki. Looking forward to your response.

    1. thanks garima. glad to know. the consistency of the sweet potato tikkis is like aloo tikki.

  6. Hello,

    I want to try this recipe and was wondering if I can use rice flour or any other flour than the 3 you mentioned?
    thank you,

    1. you can use rice flour or corn starch, if not fasting. if fasting for navratri, then you will have to use either of the flours mentioned.

  7. Aww.. love the aloo tikki, Awesome recipe! Will try it for sure.. You do have a nice blog!

  8. the golden brown color of ur tikkis is fantabulous…just perfect…
    I am unaware about water chestnut flour or buckwheat flour….what are they…
    Dassana….step by step pictures of the recipes ….is that feature…which makes ur blog really special and interesting…please do make them part of ur post….

    CHEERS 🙂

    1. dear renuka, i think you must be familiar with their hindi names. water chestnut flour is singhare ka atta in hindi. buckwheat flour is kuttu ka atta. commonly used flours during fasts.

      when it is a difficult or complicated recipe, i do make a step by step. but when the recipe is easy like this one, i don’t do step by step. step by step photographs take a lot of time and effort. it takes me two days to make one post, if i do step by step… that also working 2-3 hours everyday.

      whenever possible, i do try to add step by step pics. moreover when cooking also, taking pics at each step takes a lot of time. i do it all alone, as there is nobody to assist or help me. in fact even my camera has flours, besan on it…. i have to clean my camera & lens periodically.

      i have lots of step by step recipes in the drafts from months of may onwards. i don’t get time to work on the pics and posts 🙁

  9. Those look delicious. I love Indian snack food. Have you done a post on what exactly the Indian fasting season means in terms of food restrictions? If not, you should. I confess I am always baffled since I feel like you shouldn’t be eating anything (under what I understand the word fasting to mean)!

    1. dear laura, i was thinking about doing a post, but not yet. will do it some time. in india generally when we mean the word “fast” it means abstaining from meat, poultry, sea food and alcohol. but there are some indian festivals like the navratri and ekadashi (11th day of full moon and no moon cycle) where food made from cereals, lentils and legumes including onions and garlic are not eaten. even products made from these, like pasta, breads, tofu, pappadoms etc are not eaten. so it is not like we don’t eat anything. we eat satvic food and this helps in not only detoxifying the body, but also in purifying the mind and the emotions.

  10. I have never cooked with sweet potatoes and I know I have missed a lot of nutrition from it. However, I love the golden brown color of your tikkis:)

  11. I have never tried this kind of sweet potato tikkis. sounds interesting. Looks very appetizing. Does this taste more sweet that spicy?

    1. obviously, it has a sweet taste due to the sweetness of sweet potatoes. the tikki is not spicy at all. it is little tangy and sweet.

  12. These look delicious. I wonder if anyone has noticed weight gain during navaratri. All bloggers seem to be preparing these delicious snacks all the 9 days.

  13. Perfect for the rains here…my next post is also on tikkis 🙂 Like the sweet potato in tikkis.

  14. I left 3 comments last night on sabudana khichdi, arbi tikki and vegan fruit cream but none of them went in moderation as it normally goes. Please check the spam folder, might be went there as I left 3 comments and probably spam defender found spam (I am not spammer Lol) 🙂

    Love seeing all fasting recipe on your blog. I love all kinds of tikkis, pattices and cutlets. Will be trying this sweet potato tikki soon. Beautiful clicks. Love your photography.

    1. i did not receive any comment from you on any of the three posts except for the pingpack which is automated… i checked the spam folder and this above comment – one of it has gone there. there are no other comments. i must have deleted yesterday night the spam comments 🙁 usually i don’t check the spam comments as i get lots and i just delete them. i wonder why it is behaving so strange. will look into this.

      me too love all kinds of tikkis and patties. thanks for liking the pics. i am not able to get good clicks for all these navratri posts as i just make them and click them. bad for me 🙁