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Spicy Sweet Potato Patties

Spicy Sweet Potato Patties

Here is a wonderfully different approach to sweet potatoes: Fragrant little spiced patties, sort of like Indian latkes! Cumin, onion, cilantro and chili pepper make them memorable and truly yummy.

Sweet potatoes are more nutritious than white potatoes, since they are rich in beta-carotenes, so remember this great recipe when Hanukkah rolls around. Meanwhile, these patties could make an eye-opening appearance on your Thanksgiving table, or spice up the festivities at Halloween. They work beautifully as appetizers, side dishes, or even a main course.


1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
4 eggs
5 cups grated sweet potato
1 cup grated onion
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 teaspoons diced fresh red chili or 1 teaspoon ground
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. In a small frying pan, toast the cumin seeds until just brown.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, whip the eggs, then mix in remaining ingredients, including the toasted cumin seeds.

3. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet and oil lightly. Drop batter by spoonsful into the pan and cook slowly on each side until cakes are very golden, about 25 minutes. Keep warm under a tea towel while cooking the remaining cakes.

Makes 12 small cakes.

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Adapted from Hollyhock Cooks, by the Hollyhock Cooks (New Society Publishers, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by the Hollyhock Cooks, et al. Reprinted by permission of New Society Publishers.
Adapted from Hollyhock Cooks, by the Hollyhock Cooks (New Society Publishers, 2003).

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8:35AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

wow, sounds wonderful

4:59AM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

Sounds good. Thanks for sharing

1:18AM PDT on Oct 1, 2014

That recipe takes me back in time - it was an all-time favourite that my mom would make for us.

8:17AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

This sounds great. I'm looking forward to trying it. Great to munch on during football games.

9:55AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

I made sweet potato pancakes all the time. Will have to use these spices for a nice change. Thanks for the tip

5:43PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

Thank you.

4:36AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Lovely-looks delicious but dear, dear Care2, for those of us abroad, please could we have the weights of ingredients needed as well as measures in cups?

10:17AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013


11:18AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Sounds good,thanks for sharing

4:59PM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

Thank you for the delcious recipes. I love cumin, curry, and cilantro. :)

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