Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mergole - Sweet Potato Paaysu

“Mergole” is the Konkani name for this sweet dish made from the tuber Kananga (Konkani), Ratallu (Marathi) or Sweet Potato (English). This is typically a Manglorean or coastal Karnataka dish.  I wanted to make this simple long forgotten paayasu and hence I had kept a small piece aside (after preparing the “Kananga Daaddau”), so that I can share this simple and tasty and easy to prepare dish.

I have used here the coconut milk pack (less work for the lazy me!) instead of the usual coconut gratings wherein you need to grind it with a little water and then strain the juice to make coconut milk. I do admit though that the fresh coconut milk does make a difference to the taste of the dish especially if one is of the “Jibbe Ruchi”  type of person (generally all Amchis are !).

Sweet Potato Paaysu


Sweet Potato (small)
Coconut milk
150 ml (11/2 cup)
Jaggery (molasses) powder
3 tbsps  or as per taste
A pinch
Cardamom powder
1 tsp
Cashews (halved & roasted in ghee)-optional
6 (whole)
Raisins (roasted in ghee) - optional


  1. Wash and skin the sweet potato. Cut it onto small cubes.
  2. Steam the cubed bits in a steamer or boil them in a little water till soft. This should take about 20 mins.
  3. Add salt, jaggery powder and the coconut milk to the boiled sweet potato bits and bring it to a boil.
  4. Finally add the roasted cashews, raisins and cardamom powder. Mix well and remove from flame.
  5. Serve hot.

Serves: 2

Sweet Potato - Raw
Sweet Potato - cut into cubes


  • This dish can be served hot or cold. The choice is yours.
  • Traditionally the sweet potato is cut into cubes (you may grate it if you wish) and the skin is not removed. Here, I removed it as the skin had lot of blemishes.
  • It is advisable to dissolve the powdered jaggery in water and strain it so as to remove any insoluble impurities.


  1. I love this recipe a lot.. Delicious looking kheer.. Mouth watering here.. Awesome job dear.. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Nice kheer...never made wid sweet potato..nice variation..:)

  3. Sounds new & yummy! aunty.. got to try it :)