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    Easy African Sweet Potato Patties

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    35 mins

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    25 mins

    Sarah_Jayne's Note:

    I found this recipe in a truly beautiful cookbook called 'World Food Cafe 2' which features vegetarian recipes from around the world alongside stunning photographs.

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    1. 1
      Place to potatoes in a saucepan of boiling water and simmer until soft.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile dry roast the cumin seeds, cinnamon and cloves in a small frying pan until aromatic, remove from pan and grind to a powder.
    3. 3
      Combine with the remaining spices.
    4. 4
      Heat the oil in a wok.
    5. 5
      When hot, add the onion and pepper and fry until soft.
    6. 6
      Add the sweet corn and ginger, saute for a couple of minutes, and then stir in the spice mix.
    7. 7
      Fry for 1 minutes and then remove from heat.
    8. 8
      Drain the potatoes and mash, with knob of butter, until smooth.
    9. 9
      Then stir in the spice and vegetable mix, the beaten egg, chopped cilantro and salt to taste.
    10. 10
      Shape the mixture into patties and fry in a non-stick pan with a little sunflower oil until brown on both sides.
    11. 11

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 23, 2008


      I took the previous reviewer's suggestion and baked the potatoes instead of boiling. My patties held together very well. Nice flavor. Made for Tastebud Tickling Travellers during ZWT 4

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    • on June 26, 2008


      I had major problems with these. First of all, if this is the "Easy" version, I really don't want to know what the hard version is like. If I followed your directions exactly I would be cleaning up 2 frying pans, a wok, a pot with steamer insert, my mortar and pestle, one massive bowl and a couple of little bowls. That's a lot of dishes! I decided to follow the advice of previous preparers, and decided to bake them potatoes and sweet potatoes. I didn't have any trouble with the spices, until it was time to grind them. I don't have a coffee grinder devoted to spices, and I don't want my coffee tasting like cumin, so I used my mortar and pestle. Have you ever ground cinnamon by hand? Not easy. I took out the cinnamon stick and put in a 1/2 t. of ground cinnamon. The veggies sauteed fine, I just used the same frying pan I used to toast the spices. Then it was time to bring everything together, no problem. When I tried to make patties and cook them, BIG problems. There's no indication of heat level for the stovetop, so I had to guess at medium. And my mixture totally fell apart. I ended up burning myself trying to turn the things. I kept rereading the recipe trying to see if I left out some kind of thickening that would turn this soup into patties. Nope. I had the egg, what this needed was a good handful of flour. And maybe baking them The ones that did get cooked, did not taste as though they were worth the trouble for us. I am very sorry to post this review, but it really didn't work for us at all. Made for ZWT4.

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    • on June 23, 2008


      Used yams, & steamed them, for this recipe & had a very easy time making the patties! I didn't, however, peel the yams, but after they were steamed, I chopped them up fairly small so the pieces of peel weren't very large & proceeded from there! VERY TASTY PATTIES, & well-worth making again! [Made & reviewed while on tour in Africa with Zaar's World Tour 4]

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    Nutritional Facts for Easy African Sweet Potato Patties

    Serving Size: 1 (162 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 170.2
    Calories from Fat 61
    Total Fat 6.8 g
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    Cholesterol 37.7 mg
    Sodium 52.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
    Sugars 4.3 g
    Protein 3.8 g

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