Friday, March 22, 2013

Kananga Phodi ~ Tawa-fried Sweet Potatoes | Konkani Recipes

I am a sweet potato addict.Yes,after ignoring this root vegetable for a long time,I am falling in love with it and actually obsessing over it to be honest.Thanks to my sister-in-law who introduced this simple recipe to me,which finds its way into our lunch menu at least once in week(sometimes more!).Crisp on the outside and soft and buttery inside,ah this makes for a good starter too and a no-fry one at that,how cool!
Kananga Phodi - Tawa fried Sweet Potatoes
I remember,once while we were in Bangalore,ma-in-law prepared a sweet dish with sweet potato,well not exactly a dessert,but it was sweet and mushy and I just couldn't bring myself to eat it.Nevertheless,it is considered a very popular way of eating it.Just pressure cook peeled sweet potatoes with jaggery and a pinch of cardamom.I am told it tastes delicious:)

My maid gave me another suggestion to cook with this one,which would be very similar to the above method,but here in Tamilnadu,Sakkara Valli Kizhangu,as it is locally named is just boiled with salt and had as a healthy snack.
Kananga Phodi - Tawa fried Sweet Potatoes
Kananga Phodi - Tawa fried Sweet Potatoes


Sweet Potatoes - 2-3
Red chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Hing/Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Gram flour/kadalamavu - 1 tbsp
Rice flour - as required
Oil - 1-2 tbsp


Kananga Phodi - Tawa fried Sweet Potatoes-step1 
Peel the sweet potatoes and immerse in water to prevent browning.
Cut into thin round slices-not too thin as it would make the phodi too crisp.
Mix in red chilly powder,salt,hing and gram flour.Sprinkle 1-2 tsp water and marinate the potatoes for 20-30 minutes.
Kananga Phodi - Tawa fried Sweet Potatoes-step2 
In a small plate add rice flour-enough to coat the potatoes.Dip the marinated potatoes in the rice flour so that both the sides are coated with the flour.
In a tawa,add oil and layer the potatoes.Keep the flame on high and sprinkle 1-2 tbsp of water and cover with a lid.Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Kananga Phodi - Tawa fried Sweet Potatoes-step3 
Open the lid and cook on the other side too.
Kananga Phodi - Tawa fried Sweet Potatoes
Remove and drain on a tissue paper.Serve hot with rice and dal/sambhar.


  1. Looks great! Never tried sweet potato... probably this is the dish to start it with :)

  2. Yummy looking ones... Feel like having some now..

  3. wow!! this is amazing...
    i am a huge fan of ur recipes...
    and sakkariya (as it is called here in gujarat) are found in plenty this time of the year. i am gonna try this.
    p.s have u entered my giveaway yet?

  4. delicious and flavorful recipe... beautiful clicks...

  5. Great looking Phodis ! One of my favourites. I guess all the "amchis" love it!

  6. Wowww, tawa fried sweet potatoes looks mindblowing and am loving it.

  7. Quick question - Would the sweet potato cook(i.e become soft) in 2-3 mins??

    1. Yes,it would.Firstly,we are cutting into slices,which enable even cooking as it is fried on a tawa-pan.Secondly,we are sprinkling water and cooking it covered for 2-3 minutes and then again flipping on the other side and cooking for 2 minutes.

  8. I love this recipe..simple and tasty..

  9. Divya... made this for the first time just now as evening snack with just one sweet potato... and guess what? On popular demand I am making it again this time with two more sweet potatoes! :D We actually do not have phodis in our style of cuisine, I got intriduced to this thru my husband's side of cooking and loved it. Tried it for the first time today though :) Thanks!!!


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