Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Shakkria/Sakkariya/Shakkarkand Bateta nu Farali Saak - Fasting Sweet Poatao and Potato sabji - #Mahashivratri #Vratkakhana #Faralifood #fastingfood

Hindu festival 'Mahashivratri' is just round the corner,  and Shivratri is considered auspicious by millions of Hindus throughout  the world who observe it through fasting and offer prayers to Lord Shiva for well being. This year it's going to be more special as it falls on Monday and Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva, in Hinduism each day of the week is dedicated to a particular God or Goddess in the Hindi pantheon.




Almost every Lord Shiva devotee observe fast in honour of Lord Shiva as Shivratri fast is considered to be the most important fast, while some follow a diet of only fruits and milk, many observe Shivratri without consuming a drop of water for the entire day. I have grown up eating 'Farali' food on the day of Mahashivratri as I can not stay hungry for the entire day.


On Mahashivratri devotees consume food made from Sabudana, Rajgiro or Shingoda flour, in Gujrat people eat Shakkria Bateta, a mixture of boiled or roasted sweet potato or dishes made out of these two ingredients. I have always wondered why this significant custom is followed in Gujarat, I am sure there will be a some scientific reason behind it but till today's date I don't have a clue.

I fast on Mahashivratri,( great excuse ) because I just simply love the Farali food. I only prepare farali food twice a year, on Mahashivratri and Janmasthmi and immensely enjoy all the delicacies, if you are observing fast on this Mahashivratri and want to enjoy Farali Food click here , here , here , here and here .


Shakkria or Shakkariya Bateta nu Farali Saak , it's a different variety and flavour sabji which we may not include in our day to day diet. A delicious and finger licking dish, you must prepare on fasting day.



You will need :-

  • 150 g sweet potato ( I have used Indian Variety which has white flash )
  • 150 g potato
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • Pinch cumin seeds
  • Rock salt ( Sindhav Mithu ) per taste
  • 1 tsp. green chillies crushed 
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 2 tbsp. roasted peanuts powder
  • 2 tbsp. roasted sesame seeds powder
  • 2 tbsp. grated coconut or desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • lemon juice
  • Fresh coriander leaves
Method :-
Clean and wash both potatoes.
Don't peel the skin, slice into round circles.
In a thick bottom pan add one tbsp. oil and both potato slices and sprinkle couple of spoon water.
Cover the pan with the lid and let it cook on a low heat for about 3-4 minutes or until half done.
In another pan add remaining oil, once oil is heated add cumin seeds and dry red chilli .
Add green chillies and fry for few seconds, add half cooked potatoes and salt.
Keep heat very low and cook the potatoes till almost done.
Add peanut, sesame and coconut powder.
Cook for one or two minutes, add sugar.
Mix gently, switch off the heat.
Add lemon juice and garnish it with the fresh coriander leaves.
Serve hot with Plain yogurt or Mixed fruit and Nut Raita and Rajgiro Panchratna Siro 





















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2 comments:

  1. Very tempting and as always the photos are really nice. I've never made the shaak without peeling the sweet potatoes... should try that.
    Jagruti I have started a new group, ONLY BAKES. Please feel free to post your baked recipes. Link is below.

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