Sunday, May 30, 2021



There is a school of thought which says that Sweet Potatoes are indeed better than Potatoes. Both are good within limits and each has its pros and cons but it is well-established that the sweet potato has several health benefits.

Sweet Potatoes are known as Shakarkhand in Hindi, Sihi Genasu in Kannada and Kannang in my mother tongue, Konkani. 

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for other dishes using sweet potatoes such as:-

Today's recipe is for a simple stir fry or Upkari as we would say in Konkani. Kannanga Upkari is easy to make and goes well as a side dish with rice or rotis. 


  • Sweet Potatoes,  500 grams
  • Medium-sized Onion, 1
  • Green Chillies,  2
  • Ginger, 1 " piece
  • Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Salt, to taste 
For the Seasoning:-
  • Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig 
  • Oil,  1 and 1/2 to 2 tbsp

Wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly and pressure cook in adequate water for 1 whistle
Once the cooker cools, remove the sweet potatoes and when it is cool enough to handle peel and cube them. Keep aside
Chop the onion, finely chop the green chillies and grate the ginger
In a thick bottomed kadhai, heat oil and on medium heat add the mustard seeds, when they splutter add the curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds
To this, add the chopped onion and green chillies and the grated ginger and saute till the onion becomes translucent
Now add the chopped sweet potatoes, salt to taste, turmeric powder and chilli powder and mix well
Cook on medium/low flame, stirring from time to time, for 4-5 minutes till the sweet potatoes get well blended with the spice powders
Transfer to serving bowl
Serve Sweet Potato Stir Fry as a side dish with rice and rasam or with rotis

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