Indian Mint and Sweet Potato Salad | Vrat Ki Chatpati Pudina Shakarkandi Chaat
Packed with punch of flavor from mint, this Vegan and Gluten free salad is staple during Navratri Season!
Today, sharing with you a tongue-tantalizing, sweet n' sour, gluten free, sweet potato salad dressed in zesty mint dressing!
Remember? I told you, that I will share few of my all-time favorite Fast Season recipes, which I love eating and serving during auspicious occasion of Navratri in India. I have also made a special collection for all those recipes, here is a link for you: Navratri Food and Recipes
Navratri Fasts, meant to be Gluten Free and Meat-free, are actually fun times to enjoy a lot more foods.... fast friendly but scrumptious and packed with ton of flavor! Trust me! NO one misses regular food during those days :) Instead, we often do miss all that scrumptious fast treats, all year round... like I keep craving for Buckwheat Flat Bread and Potato Curry
Other, one of such recipe is Mint and Sweet Potato Salad! I'm calling it a "salad" for you, but actually it is a complete mini-lunch meal during Navratri Fasts. Savory foods like these are often finished with a gluten free, egg-free sweet treat. but... you know me, I'm a savory person, I will not be able to cook or share sweets until I have shared plenty of savory... still if you wanna make this mini-meal and serve a sweet treat, you can use my recipe of fasting food - Tapioca Kheer (Pudding).
Sweet Potatoes and potatoes are most common source of starch and carbs during those days ( since no gluten or even no rice are consumed.) Potatoes or sweet potatoes (shakarkandi) are added in lot of preparations, for flavor as well as for binding gluten-less flours like Buckwheat.
This salad is also made with potato, and is homemade version of famous Indian street food, called Chaat (in hindi).
What is so special about this chaat salad?
Well, there are many salads all over internet made with sweet potato and cucumber. But! this salad is dressed in a zesty, sweet and sour mint chutney that makes it to die-for! and it is so easy to assemble! Just boil potato, peel and dice. Add you favorite fruits and veggies (like cucumber, tomatoes, apple, grapes, oranges..). Make chutney and slather all fruits in chutney! and you have it! THE best chat-pata (sweet 'n sour) fruit chaat of all times!!
No dairy, no eggs, no gluten, yet ton of flavor and make-ahead-life, makes this salad a perfect lunch-in-hurry or a filling mini-meal.
I don't think, I have ever completed any Navratri season.... without eating this salad !! (a little secret... don't tell anyone.... since we eat a lot of fried food during navratri fasts.... this salad has always been, one of my favorite way, to eat lite and healthy.)
I hope you like the look and taste of this ever green Indian staple!
with hope to share some more.... I wish you a Great day ahead!
Make some buckwheat flat bread and tapioca kheer for a delicious fasting meal!
Indian Mint and Sweet Potato Salad | Vrat Ki Chatpati Pudina Shakarkandi Chaatreview) (1
- 2 Sweet Potato (boiled, peeled, and cubed)
- 1 Apple (sweet red apple, cored, and diced)
- 1 Cucumber (peeled, and diced)
- 2 Tomatoes (medium size, diced)
- 1/4 Cup Golden Raisins (or black raisins)
- Mint (for garnish)
- Mint-Cilantro Chutney
- 1/2 Cup Mint (a handful leaves)
- 1/4 Cup Cilantro (dhaniya)
- 2 tsp Sugar (Or use honey)
- 2 tbsp Lemon (juice)
- 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Powder (plus half jalapeno or 1 green chili (seeds removed), if you really like hot)
- 1 tsp Cumin Powder
- 1/2 tbsp Canola Oil (optional)
- 1. Boil or steam sweet potato until knife tender.(about 15 minutes if boiling) While potatoes are boiling, in a food processor jar, add rough chopped mint, cilantro, and all other chutney ingredients. Process everything to a coarse paste. Additional Notes: If not using oil, scrap the bowl once or twice to make processing easier.
- 2. Transfer chutney to a wide bowl. Add peeled and diced cubes of sweet potato, cucumber, tomato, raisins, and apple. and toss to coat everything in chutney.
- 3. Garnish with some fresh mint leaves. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Save time!! while sweet potatoes are boiling, you can ready chutney and dice all rest of ingredients like apple, cucumber, and tomato.
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