These ‘kapas’ are a part of the Goan cuisine and I have literally grown up on them. They are kid friendly and loved by all. One can make ‘kapas’ out of lot of veggies like Potato, Okra, Brinjal, Pumpkin, Yam, Colacassia (Arbi) Tubers called ‘maadi’ in local language, Breadfruit ( Neer Phanas) etc. These ones are made of sweet potato or Ratalu. It is generally had as a side-dish along with with rice and varan or dal or aamti (curry).
2 sweet potatoes rinsed and cleaned well
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1-2 tsp Red chilly powder
Oil for shallow frying
- Rinse the sweet potatoes well. No need to peel off the skin, as they are cooked and eaten along with its skin.
- Slice it to 4-5 mm thick discs.
- Add all the sliced sweet potatoes into a bowl.
- Add turmeric powder and red chilly powder and mix it well, so as to coat the sweet potatoes completely.
- Add salt only when you are about to shallow fry them.
- Take semolina in a plate.
- Take individual slices of spiced sweet potato and coat it throughout with semolina.
- Place a pan on gas top. Coat the pan well with oil.
- Add the semolina coated spiced sweet potato slices.
- Drizzle oil from all sides and shallow fry these slices on medium flame.
- Once the lower side becomes red, flip it and cook the other side.. You may have to drizzle oil again. To check for doneness, you can insert a toothpick. If it slides in easily, they are done.
- Once cooked from both sides, remove it on a tissue to drain oil and put the next batch of coated slices on the pan.
- Serve hot with steamed rice and dal/varan/aamti (curry).