Sweet Potato Cutlet | Sweet Potato Tikki

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When it comes to Indian religious festivals, food for fasting or vrats is as important as any other aspect of the celebrations. During such times, many dishes like this Sweet Potato Cutlet or the Sweet Potato Tikki, are made with a variety of vegetables and fruits, minus onion, garlic, etc. This Sweet Potato Patties is the perfect snack for your Navratri Vrat. It does not require much time and efforts, and is delicious too.

sweet potato cutlets garnished with coriander leaves and served in a steel platter with green chutney in a small steel bowl.

About Sweet Potato Cutlet

The root vegetable sweet potato or shakarkandi can be a welcome change when you are tired and bored of having the regular potatoes, day in day out. The best part is if you are a potato lover, you can make the same recipes with sweet potatoes too.

The same goes for this Sweet Potato Cutlet, popularly known as Sweet Potato Tikki as well in India. The bonus point here is that it is a perfect snack for your fasting days.

Though Sweet Potato Cutlet is one of the most loved dishes during vrats or fasts in India, it can also be had on regular days or turned into a chaat with yummy toppings. Also, if you want to enjoy the veggie itself in this form, here’s a simple yet scrumptious Shakarkandi Chaat for you.

Don’t think that the list of interesting shakarkandi recipes got over at that. Because there’s a lot more you can make with sweet potatoes, than you can actually think. For instance, if you want to have something sweet with shakarkandi, try the Sweet Potato Gulab Jamun or Sweet Potato Halwa. You’ll love these too!

The best way to relish this Sweet Potato Tikki is to have it with a Phalahari Green Chutney, coconut chutney or sweet tamarind chutney.

More On The Recipe

While there’s no doubt that the procedure to make these patties of sweet potato are quite simple, there are a few things that you should keep in mind while preparing the Sweet Potato Cutlet especially for fasts.

This is what you should remember:

  • Bind the Sweet Potato Tikki with arrowroot flour. In case you can’t source it, use buckwheat flour or water chestnut flour or amaranth flour. For non-fasting days, you can use cornflour/cornstarch or rice flour too.
  • Add edible rock salt or sendha namak in the recipe, instead of regular salt. On regular days, you can also use black salt.
  • You can add lemon juice in place of dried mango powder or amchur. You can adjust this as well as the spice powders according to your taste likings.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Sweet Potato Cutlet

Cook Sweet Potatoes

1. Rinse 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes (shakarkandi) well in water.

rinsing sweet potatoes in water.

2. To pressure cook take the sweet potatoes with water almost covering them and ¼ teaspoon salt in a 3 litre pressure cooker.

Pressure cook on medium heat for 3 to 4 whistles till they become soft. Let the pressure drop naturally in the cooker and then only open the lid.

You can also boil them in a pan with water and salt or choose to roast them in the oven till they are soft and tender.

boiling sweet potatoes in salted water.

3. Drain the water, allow the sweet potatoes to cool.

boiled sweet potatoes kept for cooling.

4. When they become cool, peel them.

peeled, boiled and cooled sweet potatoes.

5. With a potato masher, mash the sweet potatoes well.

mashing sweet potatoes with a potato masher.

6. Measure lemon juice, spices and keep all the ingredients ready for making Sweet Potato Cutlet.

measured ingredients kept ready.

7. Add the following spices and seasonings:

  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • edible rock salt (sendha namak) as required

If you are not making these tikki for religious fasting, then instead of rock salt add regular salt.

spice powders and rock salt added to the mashed sweet potatoes.

8. Next, add 1 or 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour, chestnut flour or buckwheat flour. I have used buckwheat flour.

buckwheat flour added to the spiced mashed sweet potatoes.

9. Mix well.

spices, rock salt and flour mixed well with the mashed sweet potatoes.

Make Sweet Potato Cutlet

10. Shape into medium size cutlets, tikkis or patties.

sweet potato mixture shaped into cutlets.

11. Pan fry the cutlets in 2 to 3 tablespoons oil, till both the sides are well browned.

pan frying sweet potato cutlets in hot oil.

12. Garnish with some coriander leaves and serve Sweet Potato Cutlet with a chutney.

sweet potato cutlets garnished with coriander leaves and served in a steel platter with green chutney in a small steel bowl.

Superfood Sweet Potato

A perfect vegetable for your vrats, shakarkandi (sweet potato) is considered as a superfood. Because of its health benefits, this tuber is often preferred over its counterparts like potatoes.

Inspite of being popular in Indian cuisine, sweet potato is actually not from India. While Central America is known to be the native place of sweet potatoes, China is the biggest producer and consumer of this root vegetable. In India, Odisha is at the top of this table.

Shakarkandi is low in carbohydrates, and also a powerhouse of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants like beta carotene. This nutrient composition has effective cleansing properties and is known to reduce the chances of certain cancers. It is also great for your immune and digestive system, skin, bones, brain, vision and reproductive health.  

Whether fasting or otherwise, you must include sweet potatoes in your diet. This Sweet Potato Cutlet is one of the easiest and delectable ways to do so.

Expert Tips

  1. When making these tikkis for vrats or Hindu fasting, use arrowroot flour, buckwheat flour or chestnut flour as the binding ingredient.
  2. While making the cutlets, if the mixture feels a little loose, add some more of any of these flours that you are using.
  3. You cannot add regular salt in this recipe when making it for consumption during religious fasting. Add rock salt only in that case.  
  4. Add a bit more of the lemon juice if you don’t have dried mango powder (amchur powder).
  5. Adjust spice powders and lemon juice as per personal preferences.

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sweet potato cutlet garnished with coriander leaves and served in a steel platter.

Sweet Potato Cutlet | Indian Sweet Potato Patties

Sweet Potato Tikki is a delish snack that can be made during the period of Hindu fasting or vrat. These are basically sweet potato patties spiced with the usual Indian spices and herbs.

5 from 7 votes

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 30 mins

  • Rinse the sweet potatoes thoroughly in water.

  • Roast them in the oven till they are soft and cooked.

  • You can also boil them in a pan with water and salt.

  • Or else pressure cook with enough water and salt till they become soft.

  • To pressure cook place the sweet potatoes in a 3 litre pressure cooker. Add water as needed covering the sweet potatoes.

  • Pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles on medium heat. When the pressure drops naturally in the cooker, then only open the lid.

  • Drain the water, let them cool and peel.

  • With a potato masher, mash the sweet potatoes well.

  • Add all the ingredients except oil. Mix well.

  • Shape into medium sized cutlet, tikkis or patties.

  • Pan fry the patties with oil till both the sides are well browned.

  • Garnish with some coriander leaves.

  • Serve Sweet Potato Cutlet with a chutney.

  1. If the mixture feels a little loose, then add some more arrowroot flour, buckwheat flour or chestnut flour.
  2. When making these cutlets for Hindu fast or vrat, add edible rock salt only. Don’t use regular salt for fasting food.
  3. If you are not making these tikki for religious fasting, then instead of rock salt you can use regular salt.
  4. If you don’t have dried mango powder, then add a bit of lemon juice.
  5. The spice powders and lemon juice can be adjusted as per your taste preferences.

Nutrition Facts

Sweet Potato Cutlet | Indian Sweet Potato Patties

Amount Per Serving

Calories 163 Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g

Sodium 406mg18%

Potassium 444mg13%

Carbohydrates 30g10%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 18368IU367%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%

Vitamin B6 1mg50%

Vitamin C 3mg4%

Vitamin E 2mg13%

Vitamin K 3µg3%

Calcium 43mg4%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 15µg4%

Iron 1mg6%

Magnesium 34mg9%

Phosphorus 63mg6%

Zinc 1mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Sweet Potato Cutlet recipe post from the blog archives first published in October 2012 has been republished and updated on 30th July 2022.


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