Easy African Sweet Potato Patties

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

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

Dreamgoddess June 23, 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.

CraftScout June 26, 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]

Sydney Mike June 23, 2008

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