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Vrat Ki Shakarkandi Kuttu Sago Tikki | Buckwheat, Sweet Potatoes and Tapioca Croquettes

Sharing with you one of sweet potato (called shakarkandi in hindi) recipe which is very dear to my heart.

Twice every year, there is a 7-9 days period in India, when most Indians observe fasts and spend days worshiping Goddess Durga. During this time, we give up eating wheat, meats, most of the seeds, even potent vegetables like onion and garlic too... It may sound tough, but actually this is a fun period where lots of food is prepared which don't have any of these things and it still tastes to-die-for! 

Essentially, food those days is gluten free, but not entirely vegan because milk and yogurt are okay to eat! 

Sweet potatoes (shakarkandi), potatoes, pumpkin, tapioca (sago), buckwheat (kuttu) flour, cucumber, tomatoes are few of the ingredients that become very popular during those days.... I have observed this fasts since my early childhood even though it is not compulsory or anything...... since marriage, I only keep fast for few days instead of whole week. But.... I never miss to cook all those scrumptious food during this time of the year!

Vegan and Gluten Free Sweet Potato Buckwheat and Tapioca Croquettes

Last week, I saw few sweet potatoes in my pantry (God bless excellent shelf life of this root vegetable :) ), I decided to buy some buckwheat flour and share with you all taste of those special days..... I could not find buckwheat loose in whole trade market, so now I have a one pound bag in pantry.... get ready to more buckwheat recipes in coming days! since buckwheat is gluten free, I love cooking with buckwheat until my bought supply lasts :)

This recipe is very forgiving, replace anything you don't like or can't find. Say, if you don't want to use Sago Danna (tapioca pearls), skip it or use crushed peanuts or raisins instead! It will still be fit for fasts.

For a little inside peak, moist and yummy sweet potato (shakarkandi in hindi)

Inside Peak into Crisp and Moist Sweet Potato and Tapioca Croquettes


1) You can serve these as finger-food for party or as tea-time snack too!
2) these little croquettes freeze well (cooked). To re-heat, microwave to thaw, then pan fry for crispy exterior. 
3) You can make these ahead for up-to 2 days. Keep refrigerated, then deep fry before serving!

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Croquettes Indian Navratri Fasting Snack Recipe

PS: You can skip dredging these croquettes in buckwheat flour (kuttu flour), and simply fry as-is. In this case, deep fry works best since tapioca pearls tend to stick to bottom of the pan.

Easy to Cook Perfect Finger Food Sweet Potato and Tapioca Croquettes

I hope you like my little taste of Indian home food!

Happy to share this recipe with you!

I love serving this fast-friendly chutney with these snacks!

Vrat Ki Shakarkandi Kuttu Sago Tikki | Buckwheat, Sweet Potatoes and Tapioca Croquettes

Vrat Ki Shakarkandi Kuttu Sago Tikki | Buckwheat, Sweet Potatoes and Tapioca Croquettes
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Cuisine Indian Category Difficulty Easy Yields 12 Croquettes (Serves: 4)
Smart Swap Use boiled and mashed potatoes or banana for this recipe!


  • 2 Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 Cup Tapioca Pearls (soaked in water for 1 hour)
  • 4 tbsp Buckwheat Flour (kuttu flour, for dredging)
  • 1/4 Cup Cashew (rough chopped)
  • Canola Oil (for frying)
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Powder (or paprika, divided)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (adjust per taste)
  • 4 tbsp Cilantro (dhaniya, rough chopped)
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder


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  • 1. Boil or steam sweet potato until knife tender.(about 15 minutes if boiling)
  • Step for Recipe - Vrat Ki Shakarkandi Kuttu Sago Tikki | Buckwheat, Sweet Potatoes and Tapioca Croquettes
    2. Heat oil (about 2 inch) to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel sweet potatoes. Add to a wide bowl and mash with hand/fork to a almost-no-lumps consistency. Squeeze water from tapioca pearls, add to the mashed sweet potatoes with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, chopped cilantro, small chopped cashews.
  • Step for Recipe - Vrat Ki Shakarkandi Kuttu Sago Tikki | Buckwheat, Sweet Potatoes and Tapioca Croquettes
    3. Mix everything together and make 12 equals size portions. Roll each portion to a slight oval shape and set aside.
    Step for Recipe - Vrat Ki Shakarkandi Kuttu Sago Tikki | Buckwheat, Sweet Potatoes and Tapioca Croquettes
    4. In a wide plate, add buckwheat flour, add remaining paprika (red pepper powder), and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix well. Coat all croquette in flour.
    Additional Notes
    You can skip flour dredge, but in that case press croquettes little hard to keep everything together. Also, in this case, fry in non-stick pan to prevent sago sticking to pan.
  • Step for Recipe - Vrat Ki Shakarkandi Kuttu Sago Tikki | Buckwheat, Sweet Potatoes and Tapioca Croquettes
    5. Deep fry in hot oil 3-4 at a time until crispy (about 3 minutes each batch) Or shallow fry in a non-stick pan. Place fried ones in a plate lined with paper towel.
    Step for Recipe - Vrat Ki Shakarkandi Kuttu Sago Tikki | Buckwheat, Sweet Potatoes and Tapioca Croquettes
    6. Serve hot with sauce of you choice!
Savita's Notes:

You can also use leftover mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes for this recipe.

This recipe is completely gluten free, has no garlic or onion, so is best for Fasting days! Make sure to serve tomato ketchup if you think it is fit for fasts.

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26 comment(s)

  1. This sounds delicious! I can not eat tapioca right now, but I use arrowroot powder as a substitute when called for. Since arrowroot is a powder, not a pearl, would I still substitute the same amount? Thanks! I'm really happy I found your blog. It seems perfect for all my limitations!
  2. thanks Subha! I'm glad you like it!
  3. NOM NOM!! Loved this crunchy munchies..
  4. Oriana, tapioca is shorter version of Boba that we get in Thai Ice Tea with Boba, in Thai restaurants, used a lot in Asian countries. Sweet potatoes really taste great in these croquettes, I'm sure you and your family will like it!
  5. Savita, this is a very interesting combination! I never heard of tapioca pearls before, but now you make me want to try them hahaha. Since they have sweet potato I think my family will enjoy them.
  6. Agness, thanks! :)
  7. I absolutely love sweet potatoes so this recipe is just perfect for me. Omomomomom!
  8. Meera, thanks dear!
  9. So Tempting..... I must say your pictures and presentation is as awesome as your recipes.....
  10. Gingi, thank you so much!
  11. WOW, these look amazing!!! <3 -
  12. Lily, thanks! :) this recipe makes you skip fish, it means a lot!
  13. I was going to have fish for dinner but I guess there's a change of plans... :D
  14. Jeena, thanks! Please do try, I'm sure you will love this tikki
  15. Wow. I just like these a lot. I am surely gonna try these. Presentation is outstanding...
  16. Dannii, thanks! In sauces, one is ketchup, and other is yogurt processed with mint and lemon juice!
  17. What a genius way to use sweet potato. I love the sauces too.
  18. Ritu, thank you so much!
  19. Healthy and yummy :)
  20. Vrat Ki Shakarkandi Kuttu Sago Tikki sounds unbelievably delicious!! I have made sago potato tikki, but never tried with sweet potato yet. I bet this must be outstanding. Thanks for sharing great recipe! :)
  21. Anupama, thanks! trust me, try with sweet potato, it does taste amazing!
  22. Olivia, thanks!
  23. I loved the story behind those, Savita! They look delicious!
  24. you can have all plate :) Oh yes, vrat ka kahan, is best, always! You reminded me of my younger sister. she don't observes fasts, but ask for vrat ka food ONLY during these days :) Aloo ki sabji and kuttu poori my all time fav too!! yumm yumm :)
  25. Oh and forgot to add the tikkis look so delicious, perfect with chai! Yum, send me some!!
  26. oh Savita, you took me back to my childhood, I would always die to eat vrat ka khana which was made for dad. I didn't use to fast so I would beg mom to make extra, seriously that food is so delicious. Sabudana tikki is my favorite, kuttu ki poori, aloo ki sabzi yum, now my mouth is watering!