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Suvir’s Slice of Life: This sweet potato chaat is a feast for the senses

Written by Suvir Saran
| New Delhi |

Published: July 14, 2020 4:40:52 pm

Though historically a avenue meals, candy potatoes make a welcome, unique addition to any vacation or autumn desk. (Photo: Chef Suvir Saran; design: Gargi Singh)
I recall the wonderful char-grilled odor of shakar kandi or sweet potato, virtually as fondly as I recall its flavour. As a baby, I bear in mind how distributors would strategy our gate pushing their rustic old-world picket carts outfitted with huge griddles and fueled by burning coals, prepared to offer my brother, sister and myself with this most scrumptious after college snack — Sweet Potato Chaat. The candy potatoes had been cooked till sugary and tender over sizzling coals after which lower into cubes, fried and tossed with spices like chaat masala, lime juice, cumin and salt. Sweet, bitter, salty and savoury, rising up in India was really a feast for my senses. Though historically a avenue meals, these potatoes make a welcome, unique addition to any vacation or autumn desk. Or, for enjoyable, served as a handed hors d’oeuvres in little paper cones. 


2½ kilos (about 5 medium) – Sweet potatoes
Four cups – Neutral oil
1-2 tbsp – Sea salt 
1-2 tbsp – Toasted cumin seed powder
1-2 tbsp – Chaat masala
¼-½ tsp – Kashmiri mirchi/cayenne pepper
2 limes, lower into wedges

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* Heat your oven to 450°F (232.222°C). Prick the candy potatoes with a fork after which place them on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake till the pores and skin is dishevelled and the flesh provides in to slight stress, about an hour (much less for small candy potatoes and longer for big ones). Set the potatoes apart to utterly calm down, after which peel and chop them into cubes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (176.667°C).

* Heat canola oil in a big pot or wok till it reads between 325°F and 350°F on a thermometer. Using a slotted spoon, add about ¼ of the potatoes (take care to not overcrowd the pot, in any other case the oil will cool) and fry, stirring, turning and breaking the potatoes aside in the event that they stick collectively. Fry till they’re blistered and browned, about 4-6 minutes. Transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate and set them apart or preserve them heat on one other baking sheet within the sizzling oven. Let the oil return to 325°F to 350°F earlier than frying the remaining batches of potatoes.

* Once all the potatoes are fried, switch them to a bowl and toss with just a few pinches of kosher salt, toasted cumin powder, chaat masala, a pinch of cayenne and a few contemporary lime juice. Taste and alter with extra spices or lime juice as you want. Serve whereas sizzling or at room temperature.

(This recipe serves 6-Eight folks)

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