Aarti Paarti Ep. 16: Sweet (Potato) Cakes

Sweet potatoes are my favorite potato — it’s kinda wild to find something so naturally sweet isn’t it?

I love them mashed, fried, baked, nuked… but I was struggling to find a way to showcase the sweet potato as the main attraction… until I whizzed up some tofu with ginger, green chili and curry leaves, and mixed it up in some mashed sweet pots… shaped ‘em into patties and fried ‘em. WOW! What a main attraction!

It’s delicious, cheap (costing me about $5 to make), and makes about 8 big patties. Make some for dinner, and freeze the rest!

You’ll need:
1lb sweet potatoes, cooked (boiled, roasted, nuked) and peeled
1 block extra firm tofu
1 tbsp ginger, chopped
1 serrano chili, ribs and seeds removed if you don’t like things spicy, chopped
5 curry leaves (you can find these at the Indian shoppe)
2 tbsp flax seed meal (optional)
1/2 cup either all purpose flour OR chickpea flour (toasted)
1 tsp kosher salt
Olive oil

1) Mash sweet potato in a large bowl. Allow to chill in the fridge while you make the tofu mixture.
2) In a food processor, whiz together ginger, green chili, curry leaves and tofu.
3) Spoon tofu mixture into bowl, add flax seed meal, flour and salt. Fold together with a spatula.
4) Heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat about 5 minutes, until nice and warm. Drizzle some olive oil into the pan.
5) While the pan is heating up, start shaping the patties. You can make them as big or small as you want. Just make sure they hold together (if they’re still too sticky, add more flour), and they’re evenly shaped.
6) Lay patties into the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes on one side, until brown. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes on the other side. Remove and serve!

Senegal Fast Food – Amadou et Miriam with Manu Chao
Nocturne in E minor – F. Chopin, performed by Renee Stam
One Potato – 5,6,7,8′s

Host, editor, sweet potato princess voice: Aarti Sequeira
Director, cameraman, “sir spudnick” voice-r & husband extraordinaire: Brendan McNamara (www.youtube.com/fireballmcnamara)

More recipes at www.aartilla.blogspot.com!





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