Is winter even complete without having a whiff of roasted sweet potatoes in your home! Sweet potato is probably the most enjoyed snack in the winter season. It is delicious, warm and healthy too! Sweet potatoes can be enjoyed in many ways whether it is shakarkandi chaat or sweet potato baked chips but to make any dish you first need to cook sweet potatoes so that they are soft and just dissolve in your mouth. Let’s take a look at how to cook sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are no doubt one of the healthiest vegetables out there and one can enjoy its delicacies without any guilt. They are high in fibre and water content which helps in keeping us full for a long period of time and curb our appetite. This, in turn, promotes weight loss. They are a rich source of vitamin B which helps in boosting our metabolism and carotenoids present in sweet potatoes may possibly lower the risk of cancer.
This is one food which can be enjoyed every day, but in a limited quantity. Even diabetics can make the most of it. Sweet potatoes have low glycemic index (GI) which means that sweet potatoes don’t spike up the blood sugar levels like other high GI foods might do.
Now, if it is so healthy and tasty then why not quickly learn how to cook them and enjoy them as a snack this winter season!
Here’s how to cook sweet potatoes:
Make sure you buy sweet potatoes that are hard. They should not be soft or soggy from anywhere. Rinse them well as they grow under mud and will have a lot of dirt.
Once you have rinsed the sweet potatoes you need to put them in a heavy bottomed pan or a kadai. Don’t peel them or chop them, just heat them as it is or there is a chance you will burn the sweet potatoes.
Put the sweet potatoes on medium heat and cover with a lid and cook until they turn soft. Cook for 15 minutes and then turn them over and cover the lid again. Keep doing this until sweet potatoes are cooked and you are able to put a knife through its center. This way you will know if the sweet potatoes have turned soft or not.
Once sweet potatoes are cooked, you can peel off the skin and eat them just like that or make its chaat or any other recipe you want.
This is not the only way to cook sweet potatoes. You can also cook them in a pressure cooker in the same way or you can bake them in the oven. To cook them in the oven just cover them with a foil and bake them for 30 minutes at 350 degree celcius or until the skin turns crisp and the insides become soft.
Try these methods to cook sweet potatoes at home and enjoy a perfectly healthy winter chaat!