Kananga Upkari/Sweetpotato stir fry

                   Sweet Potato is a humble root vegetable with lots of health benefits . Along with starch content it is also rich in carbohydrates,fibre and beta-carotene . In olden days sweet potato (kanang in Konkani) used to be charred and cooked in wood fire and everyone used to enjoy it as a snack . One more item which was commonly done was the upkari , the recipe of which I am sharing today . I usually prepare this as an evening snack or on days when I am fasting as it it quite filling and healthy too.Do try and enjoy this easy and quick recipe.

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • A tbsp or two of grated coconut
  • A tbsp of oil
  • 2 red chillies broken
  • Few curry leaves
  • A tsp of mustard seeds
  • A tsp or two of urad dal
  • A tbsp of jaggery
  • A pinch  of hing
  • Salt to taste
  1. Wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly to remove all the mud,peel and chop them into small cubes and immerse them in water to avoid them into turning black.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds,when they splutter add urad dal,curry leaves and fry.
  3. Add red chillies , pinch hing and stir.
  4. Remove the chopped sweet potatoes from water and add it to the pan.
  5. Mix well and add some water ,salt to taste ,coconut gratings and jaggery.
        The yummy sweet potato / kananga Upkari is ready to be served steaming hot.
  1. The sweet potatoes cook very fast  , so add little water and keep checking.
  2. I prefer it a bit sweet ,you can decrease the amount of jaggery if you prefer.

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