Simple delights – Sarkarai valli kizhangu (Sweet potatoes)

Back to our child hood days when coming back from school amma will be having small balls of this simple delight. I don’t know how the sweet potatoes taste that is available outside India but what we get almost resembles the normal potato with a mild sweet taste. They have very thin skin and some root like strings inside.

We can steam them but the classic one I had was when my grand mother cooked it for us in the “Venneer adupu”. This stove is used to boil hot water in large vessels using wood as fuel. After the water boiling is done the stove will be hot with red hot coal into which these sweet potatoes would be burried. After few minutes it would trun fork tender and the taste was 200% more than steam cooked sweet potatoes.

But again last week I bought a kilo gram of this. My father whenever we get this used to talk about his mother’s preparation with these. He had said that his mother would steam cook it and mash it and mix it with grated coconut, ghee and little sugar and make round balls out of it. He He had lost his mother before his marriage and thus often used to talk about her culinary skills. As he do not have any sisters there is no way for us to inherit my dear grandma’s skills 😦

Yesterday I made the same and when gave him these balls I he was so happy and galloped them ad again we got to talk about our dear grandma as after effect for an hour.


Here is the simple recipe:


Sweet potatoes – 1/4 KG

Sugar – 2 T spoon

Cardomom powder – 1/4 tea spoon

Ghee – 2 T spoon

 Grated fresh coconut – 2 T spoon

How to make it ?

Steam cook the sweet potatoes until fork tender. Peel off the skin and mash it thoroughly. Add all other ingredients. Melt the ghee before mixing. Mix thoroughly and make it into small balls of 2 inch diameter. I bet it would taste divine !


5 comments on “Simple delights – Sarkarai valli kizhangu (Sweet potatoes)

  1. thats sounds nice..I simply add sugar and eat just like that..sometimes ghee too…this is a timeless wonder snack..

  2. wow, that sounds like a simple, yummy sweet potato snack.

  3. Sounds absolutely delicious!! 🙂

  4. My mom makes it for Karthikai deepam , we do the ball and make a batter to deep fry 🙂 Reminds my mom …

  5. Mmm … I haven’t eaten these in a long time. Think I’ll try this with jaggery, maybe even skip the ghee 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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