Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sweet Potato Balls | Healthy Evening Snacks

Growing up evening snacks mostly meant something home-made. After a long day at school we would be so beaten and tired when we get home with tons of homework. And these homemade yummies with a cup of tea was what gears us up to get all the work done. Sure we had our occasional treats of Veg puffs, Samosas and Vegetable Cutlets which Dad gets us from our local bakery. But, made from scratch, these soul foods were made with love by grandma and kept our little tummies full until dinner. Boiled peanuts, Kaara Pori, Steamed Tapioca, Ellu Urundai & Pidi Kozhukattai and these Sweet Potato balls are a few I remember. 
Here I have used the Garnet yams aka Orange Sweet potatoes here for the color and to get a little attention from Kavin. He loved to eat it after his afternoon nap and sure did give me some energy to keep me hustling between his toys and my dinner preparations.

Sweet Potato / Yam - 1 - medium sized
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 3 tsp

Boil 4 cups of water. Cut the ends of the sweet potato and cut in half. Place in the boiling water and cook in medium-high heat until fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. When cool enough to handle, remove the skin and mash with a fork. Remove any lumps which are not mash-able. Mix in the grated coconut and ghee. Make lime sized balls and roll over sugar.


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