Saturday, May 26, 2007

Ratalyacha Khees/Savory Sweet Potato with Peanuts

Sweet potato features in the top 10 of my favorite comfort foods! This is really great, given the many nutritional virtues of this versatile vegetable. I say versatile as it can be enjoyed in many different ways, in a dessert, as a savory snack, a binding agent, or by simply boiling the vegetable and mixing it with milk and sugar (yumm!).

Ratalyacha Khees or Savory Sweet Potato with peanuts is one of the more popular fasting dishes in Maharashtra. It always brings back memories of my mom fasting and we EATING! Of course, it didn't really matter that the kids almost never fasted, but it sure made for a great excuse for us to gorge on those tasty, not reminding one of starvation treats ;)

This is an extremely simple and quick recipe to make, and is my submission to Nupur's A-Z of Indian vegetables 'R' letter event.

And yes, the mango in the picture is indeed The Alphanso mango!! We finally got our hands on this precious fruit last evening at $4 a pop, but oh SO totally worth it!!!!

Ratalyacha Khees
1. 2 sweet potatoes grated (I leave the skin on to increase the nutritional value)
2. 2-3 green chillies chopped
3. 1 cup ground peanuts (shengdanyacha koot)
4. 2 tsp olive oil or ghee
5. 3-4 sprigs of coriander finely chopped
6. 1 tsp lemon juice
7. 1 pinch sugar
8. Salt to taste

1. In a pan, heat the oil/ghee. Traditionally we use ghee as oil is not allowed as a fasting food. But given that I cook this on any and every non fasting occasion, I use olive oil :)
2. To the heated oil, add green chillies and sauté till they change color
3. Add the grated sweet potato and saute for 1-2 minutes
4. To this add the ground peanuts, lemon juice and sugar
5. Add salt and coriander.
6. Mix well. Cover with a lid and let it cook for about 5-8 minutes or till the sweet potato is cooked. You may need to add some water if needed.
7. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.

Enjoy :)


Nupur said...

One of my favorite preparations ever! :) It looks delicious (and I'm going to try and leave the skin on if I can find organic sweet potatoes).
Eating alphonso, you lucky thing :)

TheCooker said...

The kees looks good.
First time visting your blog. Love the photos.
Can we expect more reviews of local restaurants?

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

A great way to serve sweet potaotes. In the south we cover our with brown sugar and marshmallows...who can taste the sweet potato after all that.

Saju said...

that looks so tempting, I can't wait to try it.
I like your blog by the way.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hay this sounds new to me...... Never tried before...Nice picture...

Dhana said...

Nupur, mine too! Do try it with the skin on and let me know how if you like the taste. I find that it tastes better in fact. And yes, alphanso...we haven't been able to stop it eating it ever since ;)

Cooker (luv the way you came to this name btw!), am glad you like the blog. Will surely post some more loal resto reviews soon.

Sandi, the Southern way of serving sweet potatoes sounds great. Will surely give this a try!!

Dhana said...

Saju, thanks! Hope to see you here soon!!

Sukanya, you must try this dish when you can. Its really quick and easy!!