Sweet potato hashbrown/ Ratalyache kees

Some recipes are so simple that you dont qualify them for your blogs until there is a theme that makes you rattle your brain to dig out the simplest thing from your repertoire. 
Maharashtrian household kitchen have a million food recipes for fasting days. Most of them use standard ingredients but each dish stands out on its own. Most communities fast on special days during the year, and at times , there is one day a week when people fast for religious reason.

Growing up, I remember days that my mother did not fast- that is when there were no special days. Of the 7 days in a week, she fasted on monday, tuesday, thursday and saturday. Each for different Gods. While it may sound unfair or orthodox, it was simply way of life for her. Fasting is not very cruel , as I told you earlier, we have mastered so many recipes that we hardly felt sorry about eating sabudana khichdi, sabudana wada, or the kees. The longer term impact was horrible , considering her body was depleted of essential salts and minerals that none of these foods provide. But that is for some other blog. I try not to look at food as source of potassium, magnesium or sodium and only savour it for its taste. trust me in today's times it is very difficult.

Cutting the long story short, this recipe is simple, doable and likeable any time and across age groups. 

1 sweet potato
1 tbsp Clarified Butter/ ghee
1 tspn cumin seeds
2 tbsp roasted peanut powder
Seasonings - salt / sugar


1) Peel the skin of the sweet potato and grate it 
2) Put it in a bowl of cold water for 5-10 min
3) In a non stick pan add some ghee if you like, add the cumin seeds and let it crackle
4) Next add the grated sweet potato. Cover and let it cook on low heat for 5-10 min
5) Then add the roasted peanut powder and saute it on high flavor
6) Using a spatula try pressing the potato mixture down flat so as to let it become crispy

Serve hot sprinkle with salt, pepper, sugar or lemon or all things of your choice


praba said…
sweet potato hashbrown is a healthy idea...love it..
Suma Gandlur said…
Interesting one. I had no idea that such a traditional dish exists and eaten during fasting.
Rajani S said…
We have so many Gods that if we want to, we can fast all 365 days in an year. Good thing is that in South fasting is just that...fasting. So no food is taken and people try it only if they have serious business with God :D.
Srivalli said…
Growing up even I had seen my Mom fasting on almost all days for some thing or the other...having such healthy food is very good option for them!
Priya Suresh said…
Different hashbrown pradnya, interesting dish, i'll definitely give a try.
Kalyani said…
Apart from God's business , it was only after I came to mumbai that I knew people ate more during fasting than on normal days :))
Fast or no fast the recipe is interesting and a quick healthy one .
Harini R said…
Definitely a healthier variety!!
Archana said…
This is my favourite kees after the sweet version called shira....Love it.
Chef Mireille said…
the peanut must add such a nice flavor..and I love yournew header photo
I love this dish, always have loved it. Unfortunately my family likes them plain roasted. I make this whenever I can.
Pavani said…
Ya, like Rajani said fasting in the south means absolutely no food -- eating fruits is also looked down sometimes.
But fasting or no-fasting this is a very healthy & nutritious dish.
Usha said…
I know we have each day dedicated to one god or the other. The recipe sounds delicious
Fasting once in a while and being in a detox diet is not so bad, but having said that, I just cannot fast. My craving reaches sky high on fasting days. This recipe for sweet potato hash is very interesting. My kids would like it.
Same is the case with my Mom, only water and nothing else and eating after a long time, it had its own side effects. If i compare her and me, i m almost eating 24 X 7. Very interesting recipe with sweet potato!
Padmajha said…
This is such a nice dish to have on fasting day. And fasting once in a while is ok, but on regular basis needs to be done with some extra care/ precautions.
This recipe sounds so interesting .Lovely idea
veena said…
This is such a healthy dish.need to make this
Sowmya :) said…
Such a quick and tasty recipe!

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