December 6, 2011

Rathaloo Chaat | Baked Sweetpotato Snack

Many years ago, while in Delhi during winters, the husband and I decided to brave the cold weather and ventured from the hotel we were staying, towards Janpath and CP. I think it must have been around 6:30 pm and it was pretty dark already and what seemed like fun wasnt at all ! I was chilled to the bone, and all our efforts to find a quick supper along CP proved pointless - there was a mile-long queue of wannabe diners at Saravana Bhavan, and we really thought we should have some 'non-south' indian fare - we walked and walked and walked about a mile past shut doors and closed markets - almost like a curfew.. At the end of it, I couldnt take the tummy rumblings any longer, and decided that I need some food. S made a few calls to his friends @ Delhi, and we were told that owing to Sunday, most markets were shut.sigh.. Now even to get back to the hotel, we had left our car behind in some parking place @ CP (and hoped it would be there), but there was the hunger issue to handle :-) Till, till, we saw what was a flicker of candle, and moved towards that like fireflies :-) It turned out to be a vendor selling Rathaloo Chat (at that point, my culinary dictionary didnt know what that meant). 
I believe it is also known as Shakarkandi. I asked what it was - veg / non veg ? .. although the distinct aroma of the sigdi (coal stove) was tempting with the wares he sold, but I just wanted to know if it was vegetarian. He didnt know what they called Rathaloo in english. Finally, after what seemed ages, I agreed to have it (read gulp it), and it seemed like heaven. The roasted sweet potato (and that's what Rathaloo meant! silly me :-)) along with the fiery chutney and chat masala was exactly not 'supper' but I came to love another Delhi street food (along with Golgappas) and have today tried to re-create that magic in my kitchen :-) Although you can make this quick snack throughout the year, the fresh pink-skinned veggies are extra tasty during the winters. Like the Sweet potato croquetes, patties or even the baked Samosa, my family seems to prefer this veggie a lot. This goes to the following events:
Radhika's Winter CarnivalSangee’s BakeFest-event by Vardhini & Priya's bookmarked recipes

Prep time : 10 mins. Cook time : 10 mins. Serves: 2
Adapted from here
  • Boiled Sweet potato - 2 large
  • Onions - minced - 1/2 cup (opt.)
  • Green chutney - 2 TBSP
  • Meetha / sweet chutney - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Green chillies - minced - 1/4 tsp.
  • Chaat Masala - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • coriander leaves &  lemon juice - for garnish 
  • Sev / ompudi - for garnish (opt.) : I didnt have any, so skipped it
1) Wash and slightly peel the sweet potatoes ( I like to keep it with the skin on). Bake at 170 C for 10 -15 mins till slightly crusty.
2) Cool and cube them (with the skin on)
3) In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients. Add the cubed veggies and toss once. Serve hot topped with lemon juice , coriander and sev ! Superb wintery bliss, and a no-oil snack at that :-) You couldnt beat that !


  1. awesome simply superr n so so yumm ..perfect click..

  2. watte click kalyani dear!! Simply gorgeous pic and an ingenious recipe

  3. Heavenly dear just heavenly.

  4. Wonderful looking baked sweet potato,absolutely stunning.

  5. Oh that looks like it turned out good.
    When I tried making this last month, I baked my sweet potato (pierced it with fork all over) & wrapped in alum foil & put in oven at 180C for 20 mins, it didn't bake from any angle, just became a litttlleee soft :-/

    1. @Nisha - we need to use pre-boiled baked potato for this dish- baking is to make it only crusty and crispy. If you are using a raw sweet potato, it would take almost 45-50 mins to bake them. So I used a pre-cooked sweet potato for this (the veggie must be cooked m firm, but not mushy)

  6. Yummy and healthy recipe.. looks perfect !!
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  7. Kalyani........U made me long to go back to India & eat all the street food in & around DElhi.....Lovely post .

  8. very tempting,delicious and perfect...lovely post...

  9. Feel like grabbing the bowl... Wonderful recipe!

    My Recent Post: Sweet Potato Paratha

  10. this is new to me...wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing this, stunning pic you have it!!
    thank you so much for linking it to my event..

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  11. wow, that looks so tempting and wonderful !!!


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