527. sweet potato tikkis/pattis

October 15, 2015mayurisjikoni
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Its time for garbas and dandiyas

     Navratri is back and will be over before we know it. Its time for fasting, prayers and dancing (garbas and dandiyas). Many   Hindu families abstain from meat and alcohol during this period. Some fast by having only one meal without garlic or onions. Some fast omitting pulses and grains from their diet. Some have only milk and fruit. I don’t fast all 9 days but do fast on the 8th day of Navratri. Nav means nine and ratri means night. During these 9 nights and 10 days the Hindus worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga. The nine forms are Durga, Bhadrakali, Amba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala,Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita and Bhavani. Different states of India celebrate Navratri in different ways. In the northern part of India navratras are usually celebrated by holding pooja and singing bhajans(devotional songs). In Gujarat and Mumbai, its usually celebrated with garbas and dandiyas. Durga Ma is worshipped for all 9 days in the eastern part of India. Huge pandals are set up and decorated to worship the Goddess.Different communities have different rituals but its celebrated by all Hindus.
    I made some sweet potato tikkis or pattis. This can be eaten when you are fasting. I served it with mango coriander chutney. The sourness of the mango complimented  the sweetness of sweet potato. However, you can make any chutney of your preference.




Makes 12 -14

800g (2 large ) sweet potatoes
1 tsp ginger paste
2-3 finely chopped green chillis
2 tbsp lemon juice
1-1½ tsp salt (rock salt)
¼ cup chopped coriander
½ tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp clove powder
½ tsp cumin powder
2 tbsp arrowroot flour or cassava flour

oil for deep frying or shallow frying

  1. Boil or roast the sweet potatoes till its done. If you want to roast it then let it bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180°C.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes. Mash  the potatoes.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Grease your hands with oil and a tray.
  6. Take about a golf ball size of the mixture.
  7. Roll it and shape it into a flat disc.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 with the remaining  mixture.
  9. Heat a frying pan over medium heat.
  10. Pour a little oil into the pan, about 1-2 tbsp.
  11. Put the pattis in the pan.
  12. Let it cook till its golden brown.
  13. Flip and cook the other side.
  14. Serve with chutney.
Tips :
  • Add roughly chopped peanuts if you like.
  • You can deep fry them for a more crunchier pattis.
  • You can make tiny ones to serve as starters.
You may want to check out the following :
samo and potato pattis





  • Mina Joshi

    October 15, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I love the sweet potatoes so would love these tikkis. Great dish to make during the fasting season.

  • Shobha

    October 16, 2015 at 8:58 am

    My hubby loves sweet potato .. will make these tikkis for him. They look just like aloo tikkis.

  • Mayuri Patel

    November 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you Mina for the lovely comment.

  • Mayuri Patel

    November 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    As they say sweet potato is a better option for diabetics. My hubby loves them.

  • Shobha

    November 23, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This comment has been removed by the author.

  • Shobha

    November 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Oops ….I just saw that I had already commented..

  • Anne

    November 24, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Those sound delicious! I've been looking for more and varied ways to use sweet potatoes, and will have to try this one – it does a beautiful job of getting away from the sweet treatments so common here.

  • eclecticyellowhouse.com

    November 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I learned something new about Hindu culture and got a wonderful recipe! Thank you for sharing both!

  • Jessica Knott

    November 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I don't think I could only eat a few because they sound amazing! Love the use of sweet potatoes as they are in season right now and I have a cupboard full of them! I'll have to try this.

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