Sweet potatoes are loved by almost all the babies because of their natural sweetness and bright colour. Sweet potatoes are too good for babies. The Vitamin A in sweet potatoes helps in healthy development of babies eyes. In fact sweet potato is a vegetable with highest overall concentration of Vitamin A making it an ideal solid food for growing babies. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C, Potassium and Fiber as well. Sweet potatoes are very low in fat. Parents can feed sweet potatoes to their little ones without worrying about babies having too much fat in their diet.
Thinking why I am talking about benefits of sweet potatoes for babies???
I would like to dedicate this post and recipe to my sweet 19 months old toddler girl!!!!Sweet potato is her all time favourite vegetable. I started giving steamed sweet potatoes to my girl when she was around 8 months old, she used to enjoy it a lot!!!!
She is the one who inspires me to experiment with sweet potatoes. Even though she enjoys the steamed sweet potatoes now also, I thought why not try something other than the steamed ones.So that even we can enjoy sweet potatoes with her. She loved this tawa sweet potato the first time I prepared it.
Tawa sweet potato can be a good side dish with steamed rice and rasam. One can enjoy it as a good tea time snack as well.
Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 7 to 8 mins per batch
Author: Anusha Acharya
Recipe Type: Snack/Side dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Serving: 2 to 3
1 Cup = 250 ml
Sihi genasu/ Shakarkandi/ Sweet potato – 1 big-sized
Kashmiri kempu menasinakaayi pudi/ Kashmiri laal mirch powder/ Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 to 3 tspns
Arisina pudi/ Haldi/ Turmeric powder – ¼ tspn
Akki hittu/ Chaaval ka aata/ Rice flour – ½ cup
Jeerige pudi/ Jeera powder/ Cumin powder – ½ tspn
Kottambari pudi/ Dhania powder/ Coriander powder – ¼ tspn
Garam masala powder – ¼ tspn
Hing / Asafoetida – 2 pinches
Vanagisidha maavina pudi/ Amchur powder/ Dry mango powder – ½ tspn
Uppu/ Namak/ Salt – As required
Neeru/ Paani/ Water – As required
Step 1: Wash, peel and cut a big-sized sweet potato into thin slices.
Step 2: Add little salt, ½ tspn red chilli powder and ¼ tspn turmeric powder to sweet potato slices. Mix well close and keep it aside for 30 mins.
Step 3: Meanwhile take rice powder in a mixing bowl. Add 2 to 2 ½ tspns of red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt, asafoetida, dry mango powder and garam masala powder to rice flour, mix well and keep it aside.
Making tawa sweet potato:
Step 1: After 30 mins, the sweet potato starts releasing its natural water content due to the salt added. Heat a pan, I have used granite pan (similar to non stick pan). That’s the reason I am not using oil in this dish.
Step 2: Once the pan is hot enough, lower the flame, take a slice of sweet potato, roll it in the spiced rice flour and place it in the pan. Similarly roll and place the sweet potato slices in the pan as shown in the picture below.
Step 3: Drizzle some water on the sweet potato slices, close and cook the sweet potato slices for 3 to 4 minutes in lower flame.
Step 4: After 3 to 4 minutes, remove the lid. Increase the flame to medium and cook the sweet potato slices for another 2 mins.
Step 5: After 2 mins, flip all the sweet potato slices and cook for another 2 mins in medium flame. Tawa sweet potato is ready to be served. Repeat this process with all the sweet potato slices.
Tawa sweet potato tastes good when hot. Since we are not using oil in this recipe, Tawa sweet potato may soften after sometime.
*The amount of red chilli powder and spice powders that is added to rice flour can be varied according to your taste.
*If you want the tawa sweet potato to be crispy, you can use oil to cook it. I sometimes drizzle little ghee while preparing it for my daughter.
*Potatoes and raw bananas can be used in place of sweet potatoes.
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