Sweet Potato Patties – mildly spiced and slightly sweet patties with crispy outer and soft melt-in-mouth texture inside is an oh-so-delicious and kid-friendly healthy dish made with mashed sweet potato, peanuts and few spices. Vegan patties make a great dish to pack in a kid's lunch box or as a burger patty.
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Sweet potato is one such simple and easy recipe to make with kids. Kids would enjoy mashing, shaping patties and of course eating them too! Involving kids in the cooking process and considering their suggestions would encourage them to explore and try a new dish that they otherwise wouldn't even show any interest in. Although cooking with kids is fun and a good bonding time, their safety must be the utmost priority.
Vegan patties recipe variations
A dash of lime juice could be added to enhance the flavour of patties.
You could add boiled and slightly mashed vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, peas, cauliflower or any blanched leafy vegetables such as spinach, fenugreek for added nutrition. This is an ideal option to sneak in as many vegetables as you can to make picky kids eat their healthy meals without any fuss. It is also a great way to clean up any leftover vegetables in your fridge.
For gluten-free options, swap chickpea flour/rice flour for plain flour. Use almond flour/almond meal if you find it difficult to get vegan bread crumbs to coat the patties.
How to serve patties?
Serve it as an appetiser with yogurt mint sauce, tomato sauce or any yogurt herb dipping sauce.
Use it as a burger patty. Place each patty between burger buns along with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese slice and a spoonful of mayonnaise/ketchup.
It makes a healthy snack to pack in kid’s lunchbox.
Make a tortilla veggie wraps with it. Slightly smash patties and place on top of lettuce in the middle of the tortilla leaving little space at the edges. Layer them with cucumber, tomato slices followed by yogurt dipping sauce or mayonnaise and wrap tortilla up. First, fold the sides over the filling, then fold the bottom up tightly.
How to store patties?
These vegan patties are freezable. Allow them to cool completely in a tray, then place in freezer for 3-4 hours until fully frozen. Take them out of freezer, wrap each patty in a clingwrap/plastic wrap and then store in freezer bags in a freezer for up to 3 months.
Sweet potato patties stay good for 3 days in the fridge when stored in an air-tight container. Store them in the fridge if you plan to use them up in 2-3 days.
Tips and Tricks
Once sweet potatoes are cooked, drain water, shake the strainer well and let sweet potato cubes sit in a strainer for 5 minutes to remove any excess water.
Boil sweet potato just until soft but not mushy. Mushy potatoes retain more moisture making it difficult to shape patties. Perhaps such patties tend to fall apart while frying.
Use roasted peanuts rather than the raw ones as it imparts a lovely nutty flavour.
Keep patties in the fridge for an hour before frying. It helps to hold patties well and prevent them from falling apart while frying.
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Sweet Potato: peeled, cubed and boiled until soft.
Flour: I've used plain flour (all purpose flour). Use chickpea or rice flour for gluten-free version.
Spices, Nuts and Herbs: Pepper, cumin, garlic, salt, oregano, crushed peanuts and coriander have been used here.
Bread Crumbs: I've used vegan bread crumbs but feel free to use almond flour/meal if you can't get vegan crumbs.
Step by Step Instructions
1. In a deep bottomed bowl, put boiled sweet potato cubes and mash with potato masher.
2. Add flour, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, coriander, crushed peanuts, ground cumin.
3. Combine until all the ingredients comes together and forms a dough.
4. Take the dough in ¼ cup and shape it into round patties and keep them in a tray.
5. Dip and coat each patty in a flour slurry followed by bread crumbs.
6. Shallow fry patties in batches until golden brown both sides.
Serve piping hot patties with any dip of your choice.
Skip pepper and cumin if you are making it for toddlers.
For nut free option, skip peanuts.
For a gluten-free option, use almond flour/meal instead of breadcrumbs and chickpea flour instead of plain flour.
Adjust seasoning to your taste.
Sweet Potato Patties
1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tablespoon =15ml ; 1 teaspoon =5ml
- 591 gms/ 5 medium/ 3.5 cups Sweet Potato peeled, cubed and boiled
- 2-3 cloves Garlic chopped
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 42 gms/ ½ cup Crushed Peanuts roasted and crushed
- handful Coriander chopped
- as required Salt
- as required Pepper
- ¼ cup + 3 tbsp plain/all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup Bread Crumbs
- to shallow fry Oil
- ¼ cup Water adjust to get desired consistency
- Before you get started, scroll up a little and watch a quick recipe video.
- Check the tips and tricks, notes for extra info and help.
- In a deep bottomed bowl, add boiled sweet potato cubes, garlic, oregano and mash with a potato masher until sweet potato turns soft. Do not worry if there are a few bits left.
- Now add plain/all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, crushed peanuts, coriander and combine until all the ingredients come together to form a dough.
- Grease your hands with oil and scoop out the dough from a ¼ cup. Shape it into round patties and place on a tray. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.
- Keep the tray of patties in the fridge for an hour to help hold them the shape and to prevent them from falling apart while frying.
- After one hour take out the tray and keep it aside to fry.
- Heat oil in a shallow pan over medium-low flame to fry patties.
- In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon flour with water to make a slurry. Ensure the slurry is lumpfree.
- Now dip and coat both sides of each patty in flour slurry and then roll in breadcrumbs until well coated. Ensure to roll both sides and on edges
- Once the oil is hot, drop patties in batches and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Flip and fry another side for a further 3-4 minutes and then take out patties from the pan and drain over a kitchen towel to remove excess oil.
- Repeat the process for the rest of the patties.
- Serve hot and delicious patties with any dip of your choice and watch how your kid would devour them!
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Do let me know if you make these simple vegan patties. I love to get feedback from readers.