Friday, July 27, 2007

Yam Caramalized in Jaggery Sauce (Ratalyache Kaap)

After a hot & spicy post, its time for something sweet, and not just a regular dessert, but something that can be consumed even when fasting. Normally, Yam, which is known to us as Sweet Potato and is called 'Ratala' in Marathi, is associated with 'ratalyacha kees'. What many people do not know, is, that this yam (sweet potato) can also be used to make an extremely simple dessert. I am cheating a little bit and taking advantage of the fact that Sweet Potatoes are called Yams here in the US :).The fancy title is nothing but my way of sending this entry for this week's 'Y' of Indian Vegetables, hosted by Nupur of One Hot Stove.
'Ratalyache Kaap' as I knew it as a kid, or 'Khatta' as my husband knows it, is a sweet dish prepared especially for an 'Upaas' (Fast). Of course, that does not mean that it cannot be made on other days :) Since yesterday was Ekadashi (one of the 2 big fasts observed), we had a host of 'Upasaache padartha' (dishes prepared during a fast), along with this simple dessert, which happens to be my husband's favourite --- Yam Caramelized in Jaggery Sauce. Enjoy ! :)

Ingredients:(serves 2)
1 medium sized Ratala (Yam)
2 tbsp Tup (Ghee) --- I know its a lot, but this crucial for the dish :)
4-5 tbsp Gul (Jaggery)

Method:
Clean the Yam thoroughly. Do not peel the skin off, as that is the most nutritious part. Cut the yam into round slices like this,


Now, in a pan, heat the Tup (ghee). Throw in the Yam slices and stir till all the slices are coated with the tup. Cover the pan and let them cook on medium heat. Keep stirring in between. Once the slices are cooked, add the jaggery and mix together. Let the jaggery melt and coat the slices (make sure that you do this on medium heat otherwise, you will end up with a burnt dish). As this happens, the slices will get a little caramelized and turn dark brown. Once all the jaggery has melted and most of the moisture has evaporated, turn off the heat. Serve with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream or even drizzle some heavy cream on top, or enjoy its plain goodness as is...Enjoy !

28 comments:

Asha said...

Lot of Yam dishes this week!:))
Caramelized yam looks yum,specially with the taste jaggery:)

bee said...

cheater cheater ratala eater. that's a sweet potato, not a yam. ;-)

Tee said...

Asha, Thanks! Yam does seem to be the first choice this week :)

bee, Thanks to the US term, I can safely call a 'ratala' , 'Yam'! ;)

Saju said...

Nice one, Tee. yam or sweet potatoe, the dessert looks yum

Dee said...

i think K will love it... i just got some sweet potatoes, to try make a fry!

bhags said...

shravan somawarachi athavan zali, aai upavas karyachi, but we used to enjoy all such delectables

Suganya said...

There is a similar Caribbean dish and I was very sure that Indian cuisine will have a similar recipe too..And here it is :)

Coffee said...

Whats in the name!!!Right?? ;)
Look good! :)

Richa said...

oh my! that looks stunning :) gulacha kontahi padartha karayla me ready ahey! kay ga, me pasta khaun uthley & tuzhi sweet dish pahili, too tempting.
btw ratala is to be totally cooked in ghee right? thoda micro karun takla tar chalel ka?
thanks

Tee said...

Thanks saju!

I am sure K will love it and so will you:)

Bhags, mi suddha aai la nehmi aagraha karayche ki tine upaas karava, mhanje mala upaasache padartha khayala miltil :)

Suganya, i didn't know that Caribbean cuisine has a similar dish...cool!:)

Thanks coffee and you are absolutely right ! :)

Thanks Richa! I would recommend cooking it in ghee because I am afriad that cooking it in micro might make it mushy. ratali shijayala bilkul vel laagat nahi ani tupacha khamangahya dish saathi important aahe.:)

archana said...

Mala hey kaap khoop awadtat. Me sakhareche khalle ahey, gulache chaan khamang lagat astil :) US chya ratalya cha rang mast asto kesari :)

Vcuisine said...

This is something new for me and it looks great Tee. But it looks like sweet potato. Viji

SeeC said...

Caramelized as the name reads...must be tangy. Sweet potatoes for desert...new to me.
Lovely post.

indosungod said...

Looks lovely, yam with jaggery can't beat that. Always wondered about what to do with the Yam so readily found in most stores. I usually go looking for the Indian variety which is called Spanish Sweet Potatoes.

Tee said...

archana, gulatle kaap kharach khup khamanga lagtat..try karun bagh. I too love the colour of the US ratala.

Thanks Viji! This is Sweet Potato, but it is called Yam in the US ...hence the confusion :)

Thanks seec!

Thanks Indosungod! Actually the Sweet Potatoes that are called Yams here are very close to taste to the indian ones, there is just a difference in colour, I think.

Priyanka said...

Sahi ahe Tee!!! mi pan ekadashi la banavle hote.... tupa mule ekdum khamang vattat na....

Manasi said...

Candied yams!! apt for fasting.. ekadashi.. duppat khashi!!!! My Grandma taught me this!! Nice one Tee!

Madhuli said...

hmm...I love these kaaps...ani te pan chaan khamang (read thode karaple tar pharach chaan lagtat!)..very nice

Nupur said...

Mmm...wow, that looks like a dessert! Totally delicious! I'm going to bookmark this recipe for Thanksgiving ;)

Hima said...

I knew there will be a collection of recipes using yam with variations and I am on search. I made one too. The dish is looking great.

Laavanya said...

Tee that looks really good... What a yummy dessert.

Poonam said...

I was at the grocery store yesterday and was so tempted to buy some nice yam that they had, but wasnt sure I could make anything nice out of it! I guess I can stop there today to buy some yam! Nice recipe..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW....This is very different dish...Love it...

Sharmi said...

that is mouthwatering and your pictures are very good. Is it like dessert?

Linda said...

Hi Tee, this looks so tasty and colorful -- not unlike 'candied sweet potatoes' my aunt or mother would make for Thanksgiving here. Thank goodness you didn't add marshmallows! ;)

I have yet to try any yam (sweet potatos or otherwise ;) ) Your recipe is tempting me though :)

Suma Gandlur said...

That looks so yum.

Savithri said...

Wow! I love sweet potato/yams:) Will have to try out this recipe!!

Shella said...

This really looks yummy. Great blog. Thanks for dropping by mine so that I could discover yours.