Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sweet potato sticks

School has closed for two weeks here after the final exams and we are always on the lookout for munchies.My LM just loves them straight out of packets the more happier she is.So I'm trying to supply her with snacks healthy ones ofcourse made at home.We all agree even if its a deep fried one, home made is the best.

We recently started buying a lot of roots and some days she has a good helping but other days her same old no no face.So these sticks almost half and more of a medium sized sweet potato went in with no qualms.



We know all tubers/kelangu(in tamil) are filled with nutrients.Sweet potato or sakaravali or cheeni kelangu is slightly sweet.I forgot to get a picture of the raw one to share here.I didn't know how to cook it initially then a few calls went about to  mil to find out how to cook them, whenever we go there we get to eat a lot of these kelangu but she just boils and seasons it with the regular south indian seasoning of curry leaves, mustard and it tastes super good that way too and its healthier ofcourse no frying involved there.But kids love fried food better no?So this is an easier and yummier alternative.





Preparation time: 10 mins (sweet potato boiling time) + Marination 1 hour


You need

Sweet potato 2 medium
Water to boil
Salt to taste

Marinade

Salt to taste
Chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Grated ginger 1/2 tsp
Grated garlic 1/2 tsp
Lime juice of half a lime
Rice flour to coat the sticks roughly

Oil to deep fry
Chilli flakes to sprinkle on top (optional)



  •  Chop the sweet potato into half and add enough water to submerge the pieces.Boil this until you can insert a knife almost easily into the pieces.We don't want to cook it too much then it will turn mushy and we can't cut pieces.
  • Once the sweet potato is cooked, peel them and allow to cool.Chop them into long stick shaped pieces.
  • Add all the ingredients under the marinade and mix well and leave to rest for one hour or more.(atleast half an hour).
  • Heat oil in a pan to deep fry these marinated sticks, fry until almost brown they will be crisp on the outside and soft on the insides.Drain onto paper towels.



Serve hot sweet potato sticks( someone is picking it off before i could click a few pictures :) ) with tomato sauce or as it is and for the grown ups have it with some tea!

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