Steamed Purple Yam Sandwiches / Bharatiyu Ratalu Kand Garadu

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Mar. 24, 2017

Ratalu aka Garadu and Kand (Purple Violet Yam) is kind of an exotic root vegetable. Ratalu is very popular where I grew up. Many delicious recipes are prepared using this unique, natural color Yam. Be it fritters, Sheera or Sabji, all taste amazing!


Oil 1 Tablespoon
Cooking spray 1 Teaspoon
Purple yam slices 13
For the masala stuffing mixture:
Coconut flakes 18 Tablespoon
Ground peanuts 4 Tablespoon
Sesame seeds 1 Tablespoon
Golden raisins 4 Tablespoon
Coriander cumin powder 1 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1/8 Teaspoon
Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
Garam masala 1/2 Teaspoon (optional)
Salt To Taste
Brown sugar 1 Tablespoon
Ginger garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
Cilantro 4 Teaspoon , finely chopped
Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon



1. Peel, clean and slice the Ratalu, keep aside.

2. Grate coconut if using the fresh one, keep aside.

3. Follow the procedure below if you are not fast enough to add ingredients in the pan as the mixture shouldn't burn. I usually mix all stuffing ingredients and roast with little oil. Or follow the video instructions if you decide to roast ingredients by adding into pan at a time.

4. In a bowl, with the shredded coconut add the ground peanuts, sesame seeds and chopped golden raisins.

5. Add the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala and salt.

6. To the added ingredients, add brown sugar, garlic paste, ginger paste, finely chopped fresh cilantro and a couple of tablespoons of juice squeezed out of a fresh lemon as well. Use a spoon to mix to combine all the ingredients well.

7. Heat a pan with a couple of tablespoons of oil, add the prepared masala mixture and saute it on a medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes. Take the mixture off from the stove and let it cool.

8. Prepare the steamer on the stove, by filling the base of the steamer with water and keeping it to boil. Use a cooking spray to grease the pan/tray that will go into the steamer.

9. Take the lightly greased tray/pan, arrange the potato slices and purple yam slices at the bottom. Spoon a little of the masala mixture on top of it to form another layer.

10. Again lay the top of the masala mixture with another layer of potato purple yam slices, followed by a layer of the prepared masala mixture. Finish the layering with all the left over slices of purple yam.

11. Carefully place the pan inside the steamer and let it steam for about 15 to 20 minutes at high heat. After 20 minutes check if the potatoes and the yam are well cooked.

12. Once well cooked, take the pan out of the steamer and the dish is ready to serve.


13. Serve as an appetizer at any time during the day.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4