The Escapades household is quite fond of sweet potatoes and prefers them curried, in baked wedges or as part of a medley. The most popular way to eat them in my part of the world, is boiled or charred over coals. Sweet Potatoes are rich in Vitamins B6, D, C and iron and magnesium. Which translated in normal people’s language means it is good for your brains, bones & muscles. No more reasons needed to eat it. The plus side is that it is very tasty and easy to prepare, lending itself to any kind of preparation. Sweet potatoes can be used to replace regular potatoes in almost any recipe.
Sweet Potatoes are used a lot in India during ritualistic fasting when people are meant to be on a restrictive diet. This is one of the ‘allowed’ foods. I think purely because of its nutritive benefits, it was put on the permissive list. These patties are also called “Farali Pattice” loosely translated, means fasting pattice, which means it is allowed on the fasting menu.
Whether you are observing a fast for religious reasons, wanting a robust make ahead snack for a party or need something to carry on a trip, these patties fit right in. The quantities can be easily scaled up.
Sweet Potato Pattice (Makes 8)
Sweet Potatoes 4, washed & boiled(substitute with regular poatoes)
Green Chilli 1, finely chopped or crushed coarsely
Arrow Root Flour 2 tablespoons ~substitute with water chestnut flour (singhada ka atta) or buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta)
(use regular maida / wheat flour if you are not using this as fasting food)
Amchur Powder ½ teaspoon
Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon
Cumin Powder ½ teaspoon
Cashew Nuts 10-12, roasted and chopped
Raisins 10-12, washed
Rock Salt According to taste
Oil for frying
- Skin the potatoes and mash them well. Add all the ingredients and divide into 6-8 equal parts.
- Roll each portion between your palms and flatten to make a patty.
- Dust lightly with a little buck wheat flour / arrow root flour or water chestnut flour.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan, when ready, add the patties, with a little space between each one and fry on medium heat till crisp and golden, flip and repeat on the other side.
- Serve hot