Winters are the best time to indulge in Sweet potatoes(Shakarkandi). Steamed and spiked with some lime juice and chaat masala, sweet potato is a popular street snack in India. Their creamy texture warms you up from inside out. Packed with plenty of flavour and nutrition, this super spud can easily charm you with its simplicity. The best thing about sweet potatoes is that they don't take much to cook and are very tasty. Roast, grill, fry, bake or simply steam them. They are perfect in salads, soups and even as sides.
The cultivation of sweet potatoes dates back to 750 BC and it has been considered as one of the oldest foods known to man. It is believed that Spanish and Portuguese explorers introduced potatoes to the Asians. In some parts of the United States, it is regarded as a staple food and is known to have originated somewhere in Central America and are known as 'yams'.
According to the Healthline website, its dark orange flesh is a valuable source of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in our body which is known to strengthen eyesight and the immune system. They are almost fat-free and low in calories, but high in sugar. They are loaded with B6 vitamins and potassium which makes them great for your heart. In fact, they are known to naturally lower high blood pressure levels and regulate your heartbeat.
You may have not known this, but sweet potatoes offer great beauty benefits. Vitamin A acts as a natural anti-inflammatory which may help in getting rid of bacteria that cause acne. Recently, it has become popular as an anti-ageing food as the Vitamin A that it contains helps to regenerate collagen in the body. Collagen is known to maintain youthful skin and prevent loss of skin elasticity. It also contains Vitamin E which promotes skin health.
While buying sweet potatoes, you should look for ones without any cracks, bruises and soft spots. A good way of storing these and keeping them fresh is to keep them loose in a brown paper bag with multiple holes in a cool, dark and away from the heat.
Here are four Sweet potatoes dishes you might like!
Shakarkandi ki Chaat
The good old shakarkandi ki chaat! Make it fresh at home with chaat masala, chillies and lime juice. The sweet and sour flavour will leave your taste buds wanting more.
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How to make Shakarkandi Chaat
Mix all the ingredients together, adjusting spices according to taste and serve.
Sweet Potatoes with Black Sesame
It's time to deviate from the usual as here comes a dessert made with sweet potatoes, caramel and black sesame seeds. It offers a taste that lingers.
How to Make Candied Sweet Potatoes with Black Sesame
Root Vegetable Tikkis
Perfect with your cup of tea, these crisp tikkis are made with sweet potatoes, yam and potatoes. The subtle and soft texture will easily win you over.
How to Make Root Vegetable Tikkis
Hassel Back Sweet Potatoes
A perfect snack to accompany a get-together with family and friends. Hassel back sweet potatoes are easy and can be made with simple ingredients. Prepare this sweet and salty snack to relish at a sunny Sunday brunch.
Ingredients of Hassel back Sweet Potatoes
How to Make Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
With winter, come sweet potatoes. sweet potato recipes can be your go-to snacks this winter. Enjoy Winter
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