Roasted Sweet Potato Chaat

Sweet potatoes never existed in my mind. I remember eating boiled sweet potato long back. I remember those rare times when we used to cook using firewood, these sweet potatoes were buried under hot coal. The peel was removed from the charred baked sweet potatoes and then eaten. It has been too long since then, and sweet potatoes had long been forgotten but the smell of the charred sweet potato remained in my memory. Few days back I happened to read about the benefits of sweet potato. Sweet potato has complex carbohydrates and is high in nutrition with protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. So thought I should try to include it in my diet. Boiled sweet potato sprinkled with rock salt did not fascinate me. So I tried to give it a little more sophisticated twist and now I am addicted to this recipe. Simple and easy to make and retains all the goodness. You will surely love this one.

Sweet potatoes – 400 gm
Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
Red chilly powder – 1/4 tsp
Chaat masala – 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice from 1 lemon
Coriander leaves – few
Salt to taste

All ingredients are to taste and can be varied as per personal preference.

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins (Includes pressure cooking time of 20 mins)
Serves: 2

Boil sweet potato. I pressure cooked it to one whistle. Peel and slice into round pieces. Pour oil on a hot tawa. Place the sliced sweet potato pieces on the tawa and roast until sides turn crisp. Flip the potato pieces and roast the other side also. When both sides are crisp enough, remove and place on an absorbent tissue paper. Put all the roasted pieces into a bowl and sprinkle red chilly powder, salt, chaat masala, and add lemon juice. Toss until all pieces get coated with the powders and lemon juice. Garnish with coriander leaves. Roasted sweet potato is ready to serve.

If you have a microwave, you could lightly brush the boiled sweet potato with butter and make sweet potato wedges in the oven. Since I am not familiar with the microwave, I do not know how exactly to do this. If you are familiar with cooking potatoes in the oven, you could follow the same steps with sweet potatoes as well.

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