Sweet Potato Tikki/ Patties

October 15, 2015mayurisjikoni
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What is Sweet Potato Tikki/ Patties?

Sweet Potato Tikki/ Patties is an Indian Snack made using boiled or roasted sweet potatoes. Spices are added according to one’s taste. After that, the mixture is rolled into balls or discs. Finally, Sweet Potato Tikki/ Patties are either deep fried in oil or shallow fried. Usually, the tikki or pattis is served with a chutney, tomato sauce or even yogurt.

What is a Tikki or Patties?

In fact, the word tikki is the Hindi or Marathi name for a small cutlet or croquette. By the way, patties is another word commonly used in the Indian Sub Continent for tikki. Patties is a round little flattened serving of minced meat, legumes, grains or vegetables. The word patties probably became more famous during the British Rule in India.


Some Tikkis/ Patties you may want to try out

  • Aloo tikki or patties is the most common one available all over India.
  • I like to make Samo Tikki/ Barnyard Millet Patties whenever I have leftover Samo Khichdi. It makes a delicious ‘farsan’ to serve with Ekadashi or Navratri Fasting.
  • Hara Bhara Tikki is actually quite famous in most Indian restaurants. Spinach and peas are the key ingredients for this delicious starter or snack. Some recipes include paneer in it.
  • Beetroot Tikki/ Cutlets – my hubby’s favorite.
  • If you have leftover poha then use it up to make Poha Tikki as Renu does.

  It’s Time For Garbas and Dandiyas – It’s Navratri Time

Navratri is back and will be over before we know it. Basically, it’s 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. Others fast omitting pulses and grains from their diet. A few follow the diet of only milk and fruits. Personally, I don’t fast all 9 days but do fast on the 8th day of Navratri.

What is Navratri?

As a matter of fact, Nav means nine and ratri means night. During these 9 nights and 10 days the Hindus worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga. As a matter of fact, the nine forms are :

  • Durga
  • Bhadrakali
  • Amba
  • Annapurna
  • Sarvamangala
  • Bhairavi
  • Chandika
  • Lalita
  • Bhavani

Navratri is celebrated in different ways by different regions of India. 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.

My Navratri Fasting Recipe – Sweet Potato Tikki/ Patties

Though I don’t fast all nine days of Navratri, I like to make different Navratri Fasting friendly food or snack. During this period, most Gujaratis will not have the following:

  • any grains,
  • pulses,
  • legumes/beans
  • Vegetables like onion, garlic,okra, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, etc too are avoided.

However, it can get very confusing what one can have and what not to have. During these fasting months, it’s best to follow what your local temple priest advises or what your family follows. Actually, I love making sweet potato tikki as its naturally sweet and full of fiber. Besides that, the sweetness from the sweet potato is well balanced with slight sourness from the mango Coriander Chutney. Definitely love making mango coriander chutney to go with it. Occasionally, Sometimes, I serve it with yogurt, chutney and some fried potato sticks or chips (crisp). As a result, it becomes a filling meal. However, feel free to serve Sweet Potato TIkki/Patties with any chutney of your choice.


Updated on 16/10/2020

The group Foodies _ Redoing Old Posts, allows me to redo my old post, of which I have a large number. Breathing new life into them with new photos and better write up is what I like.  Its a bi monthly group, where members redo old posts and share on Facebook. That way we are able to get some bloggers’ love towards our forgotten posts. It’s Renu’s idea to re-do old posts as a group. Renu blogs at Cook With Renu.

Ingredients required for Sweet Potato Tikki/ Patties:

Sweet Potato – boil, peel and mash or can use roasted potatoes too.

As Binding Flour – If you’re preparing sweet potato tikki for fasting then use arrowroot, cassava, amaranth (rajgira) or water chestnut (singada) flour. I used arrowroot.

Fresh Ginger – grated or minced

Green Chillis – add according to your taste. Finely chopped or minced

Salt – usually for fasting sendha namak or rock salt is used

Lemon Juice – for that little sour taste

Fresh Coriander – chopped

Cumin – jeera

Cashew Nuts – finely chopped. Can replace them with roasted peanuts or omit altogether

Pomegranate Arils – add to the mixture or use it as stuffing. This another optional ingredient.

Cinnamon Powder – taj

Clove Powder – laving.




Sweet Potato Tikki/Patties is a delicious snack with a balance of flavours, sweet, salty and sour. Enjoy them as a starter, or serve as a part of a main meal.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course fasting food, Snack, Starter
Cuisine Indian
Servings 12 pieces


  • 800 g 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2-3 finely chopped green chillis
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rock salt
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander chopped
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp clove powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 - 3 tbsp arrowroot flour or cassava flour
  • ¼ cup chopped cashew nuts
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • oil for deeping frying, shallow frying


  • 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.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes. Mash the potatoes.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients.
  • Mix well.
  • Grease your hands with oil and a tray.
  • Take about a golf ball size of the mixture.
  • Roll it and shape it into a flat disc.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat.
  • Pour a little oil into the pan, about 1-2 tbsp.
  • Put the patties in the pan.
  • Let them cook till its golden brown.
  • Flip and cook the other side.
  • Serve with chutney.

For Deep Frying:

  • Heat oil in a wok or karai over medium heat.
  • Add a small piece of the mixture in the oil. If the oil is ready the piece should sizzle and come up.
  • Add patties to the oil and deep fry till they are light golden brown in colour.


  • You can make tiny ones to serve as starters.
  • Serve with yogurt drizzled over the tikki/patties. Add some chutney and sprinkle fried potato sticks or crisp. (chips).
  • Adding pomegranate is optional.
  • During shallow frying or deep frying if the tikki disintegrates, then just add 1-2 tbsp more of the binding flour.

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  • 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.

  • priya vj

    October 17, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious as always. I have made paratha and bonda with sweet potato masala..now next I will try this tikki . As this is O n G free will best suit my family .. thanks for the recioe

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 17, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Priya and with simple spices, its really tasty. Please do try it.

  • Meera

    October 18, 2020 at 7:54 am

    This sounds of yum.. Loved the you explained each and every details

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 18, 2020 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Meera.

  • Maria

    October 19, 2020 at 10:19 am

    5 stars
    That’s a wonderful alternative to aloo tikki! I love all the serving suggestions – these would make a delicious tikki chaat. Very tempting clicks!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 19, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you so much Maria.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    October 19, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    5 stars
    Nice, flavoursome tikkis with sweet potatoes. Liked all the fasting options that you have provided.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 19, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Sarika (Spice zone)

    October 20, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Mayuri these tikkis look amazing. I have so many sweet potatoes sitting in the house. Will try these soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 20, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much Sarika. Please try them. Makes a perfect snack for Navratri or even as a meal.

  • Preethicuisine

    October 22, 2020 at 4:26 am

    5 stars
    A delicious sweet potato tikki. I have made bonda and paratha. These Tikkis look scrumptious. Perfect snack anytime . So beautifully presented. Great alternative to the potato Tikkis.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 23, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi and yes a good alternate to potato tikkis.

  • Renu

    October 26, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    5 stars
    Fasting or no fasting, I would love to make these patties. They look very tempting, I have once made with raw banana, but never with sweet potato. would try this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, you’ve got to try them, its got a nice slight caramel taste to it.

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