Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Lajjatdar Shakarkand

The Silver Metro next door has been a favorite restaurant with the team on many occasions and there is this Shakarkand sabzi that surprised us the last two times we were there. It was a boiled and roasted stir fry that one could eat on its own too. We actually did not have it with roti. It has the makings of a starter.

Obviously I wanted to try it out at home. I guessed garam masala, a hint of amchur and haldi-mirch. I  thought  it's a nice change in the method of cooking the root. I make sweets with this inherently sweet tuber like Ratalyachi Kheer but never tried anything savory with it.
So here is a savory one inspired by Silver Metro. 


2-3 big tubers of Sweet potato/ Ratala/ Shakarkand (Boiled)
1 green chili chopped
1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon oil
few curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
a generous pinch of amchur powder
Salt to taste

Dice the boiled sweet potato. Heat oil in a kadhai. Splutter mustard seeds. Get the curry leaves crackling. Now add the chopped green chili then add the turmeric and chili powders give it a stir and quickly add the sweet potato dices to it. Quick so you don't burn the spices. Stir, cover with a lid and let it collect steam. Stir again. Add the garam masala, amchur and salt, mix well. Cover and cook for 10 mins or till the smell of garam masala tempers. Give it a final stir and remove from heat.

I took it to work for my lunch box to share with friends especially Preeti  she had liked it at the restaraunt but she was not around on the day and missed it.


  1. Nice! I read Shrikhand first so was confused when I saw the picture hehe

  2. we love to visit Silver metro as they have something to offer to every tastebud. this is a wonderful dish and am bookmarking. after the viral fever Sonny boy has lost a lot of weight and I wanted to give if something that is good and also add a little weight to his body. Maa told me to give him sweet potatoo and badam in moderation but he is not very fond of sweet dishes. so guess with a little change he will like this recipe. thanks for sharing Anjali.

  3. Thanks Silence, Priya, Chaitrali and Sonia.

    Sayantani sweetpotato lends itself well as baby food. Hope your sons becomes rolly polly again.

  4. This recipe finds me in right time, i could probabaly try this one out for thanksgiving menu. Thank you

  5. This is a common evening snack at our home.
    don't use garam masala or amchur tho..

  6. OMG!... Just can't thank you enough... Me n my 13 month old just loved it!!... Thank you so so much.

  7. Wow! That's so nice to hear!! more becoz your baby loved it :D Keep visiting and writing in Neha!!


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