Shakarkandi ki kheer | Sweet potato kheer

sweet potato kheer

March is a month of birthdays in our family. This means there are lot more desserts dished out. Now among these birthday babes, there are two groups, cake lovers and married to the payasam types. Major bit if my collection of desserts actually happen during this month, so I thought to have some fun with it. This week you will come across a few varieties of kheers and payasams so it is different for each birthday.

The sweet potato kheer

One of these birthdays falls on Shivratri day. Typically this is a religious fasting day. So, that rules out the regular grains from the equation. Sweet potato is used widely during such religious fasting and makes a decadent kheer. Religious fasting is slightly different from regular fasting as they have limitations from the style of intermittent fasting that we are used to.

khher with sweetpotato
The ingredients of this kheer are suitable for the vrat days.


This naturally sweet tuber appeals to me a lot. I have used the orange-fleshed one to add the starchy element to this dish. You can choose white or purple ones too.  The colour of your kheer varies accordingly. The sweet potato is grated so that it is quick to cook.


Just as in any kheer, the major element us the milk. If using dairy, choose your variety. Full cream ones impart a thick and creamy feel whereas skim ones make a bit runnier kheer.


Do here is what I did. I divided the kheer into two portions. On one portion added powdered jaggery after the kheer came to room temp. Don’t add jaggery to hot kheer as it tends to split. To the other half, I added stevia, so we both could have.  If you are not used to stevia, add sugar-free.


The main element that flavours this kheer is green cardamom. I enjoy cooking with this spice always as it fills the kitchen with exotic fragrance.


That is totally up to you. I have added flaked almonds to this sweet potato kheer. It is fine to go totally free of nuts in the recipe as well.
With that said,  Cake lovers, I hear you… will add up the collection soon. For now, enjoy some traditional dessert treats.
Stay safe and catch you in the next post.

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gluten free sweetpotato porridge

Shakarkandi ki kheer

Gluten free, vrat style kheer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine Asian, gluten free, Indian, One pot
Servings 6 people


  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 2 tbsp almond flakes
  • 1 cup sweet potato grated
  • 3.5 cups full cream milk
  • 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp jaggery grated


  • Wash, and scrape away the skin of the sweet potato.
  • Grate the sweet potato and set aside.
  • In a sauce pan, add the ghee and roast the almond flakes.
    roasted almond flakes
  • Remove these and set aside.
  • Add the sweet potato into the same sauce pan and stir fry for a minute or two.
    grated sweet potato
  • Add the milk and slow cook the sweet potatoes with intermittenet stirring.
    cooking with milk
  • Once the sweet potatoes are soft, Add the cardamom and remove from heat.
  • Add the cardamom powder, roasted almond flakes and stir.
    Shakarkhandi ki kheer.
  • Cool the porridge to warm and stir in the jaggery grated.
  • Mix well and cool the porridge.
  • Refrigerate the kheer till it is time to serve.
  • Enjoy the kheer.
    khher with sweetpotato
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Mayuri Patel
2 years ago
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Seema, have never tried sweet potato kheer. Looks so delicious. Right now it is sweet potato season, and this kheer would be perfect for the Navratri and Ekadashi fasting. Going to try it out soon.

2 years ago
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I know of the Goan style of making sweet potato kheer and I think I will try making both this kind. after all, need to check which one I like better! Jokes apart I love this delicious kheer with sweet potato. Sounds easy and can be made with pantry ingredients.

Jayashree T.Rao
2 years ago
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Love this shakharkhand ki kheer, it is tasty. But I make it a bit differently, must try your version sometime Seema.

Preethi Prasad
2 years ago
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I have never tried sweet potato Kheer. Looks super tempting with almond flakes. This is absolutely perfect for the festive season.

Priya Vj
2 years ago
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Sweet Potato in kheer sounds like a fabulous dessert. Those almond flakes make it so rich and exotic .must try this definitely

Priya Srinivasan
1 month ago
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Wow seema, that’s a delish kheer with sweet potatoes. I always lean towards making savory dishes with it like kuzhambu and roast. This kheer is a refreshing change. I will give this a try!

1 month ago
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I just bought a bag of Sweet potatoes in the weekly shopping spree. Now I know this kheer would be loved at home by the munchkin who has a sweet tooth for sure!

Sarika (Spice Zone)
1 month ago
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I make shakarkandi ka halwa, however never tried kheer. The Kheer looks amazing, will give it try soon.

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