Curry Lentil and Sweet Potato Patties
Summertime is arriving! It cannot come soon enough. My favorite season always makes me want burgers and dogs and all types of barbecue goodness. This curry veggie patty helped curb that craving, and was a new flavor take on the ubiquitous veggie burger!
This patty is made with cooked green lentils and sweet potatoes, mashed together into a beautiful protein- and vitamin- filled dream. I made this recipe and then froze the patties, so we can reheat some summer burger love whenever we please.
A tablespoon of curry powder and dashes of cumin and cayenne pepper create a new dimension with their subtle warmness and spice. They complement the lentils and sweet potato really well. I suggest you top your patties with fresh arugula and red onion, and enjoy with homemade sweet potato fries and fresh salad. Enjoy :)
3/4 cup green lentils
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup breadcrumbs, plus more if necessary
1/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cumin
sprinkle cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
Bring three cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add lentils, reduce heat to low, and simmer gently for twenty minutes or until lentils are tender and most of the water is absorbed. Drain any excess water and pour lentils into a large bowl. Meanwhile, steam sweet potatoes for about ten minutes or until fork tender. Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the sweet potato until creamy and smooth. Add to cooked lentils and mash together until lentils are mostly mashed as well. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and fold together until evenly incorporated. If the mixture is too wet, add more breadcrumbs incrementally. Form mixture into patties about 3 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick. Coat the bottom of a frying pan with vegetable oil and heat until a drop of water sizzles. Add patties to the hot oil and fry on each side for 2 minutes or until browned. Drain on a paper towel and either eat immediately or freeze. To reheat frozen patties, cook on a baking sheet for 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven, flipping halfway through.
Makes 8 patties