A few months ago I cleaned up the blog, getting rid of any old recipes that I didn’t think were worthy. After receiving several emails about missing recipes, I realized that people are actually using my recipes! Hooray! One dish that was receiving some attention were these Indian spiced sweet potato patties. I had no idea that people were actually making these, let alone enjoying them. What a relief to know that the food I am sharing is good. Well, today I’m reintroducing the patties to the blog with an updated recipe. Please enjoy!

indian spiced sweet potato patties


Indian Spiced Sweet Potato Patties

45 minTotal Time

Yields 7-8 patties

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  • 1 lb sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 ½ tsp coriander, ground
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup panko
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp oil


  1. Peel and cut 1 pound of sweet potatoes into medium-size chunks. Place in a medium pot and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-high and continue to cook until a fork can easily pierce through the potatoes, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Drain the sweet potatoes and mash until smooth. Let cool slightly. Add 1 tbsp jalapeno, ¼ cup chopped cilantro, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 2 tsp cumin, 1 ½ tsp coriander, 1 ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp curry powder, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 egg, ½ cup panko, and 2 tbsp all-purpose flour. Mix the mixture until well combined.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Scoop ¼ cup of the sweet potato mixture onto the hot oil, flattening it to make a patty. Repeat with the remaining sweet potato. Cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Flip the patties, adding more oil if the pan becomes dry. Cook until golden brown and remove the patties from heat.
  4. Repeat with the remaining sweet potato mix. Serve warm.


**Helpful tips and common mistakes

Whenever I try to feed vegetables to people who don’t like vegetables, I turn to fritters and patties. These Indian sweet potato patties are the perfect example. Even if you don’t particularly like sweet potatoes, the spices in these patties help cover the vegetable flavor.

the ingredients

Start by boiling the sweet potato until fork-tender. The tubers should be soft enough for you to easily mash. Let them cool slightly before adding the egg, spices, panko, and all-purpose flour. You can use breadcrumbs instead of panko but I love the crunchy texture of panko.

Heat some oil in a frying pan and saute the patties until golden brown on both sides. Can you make these in the oven? Sure, but in my experience, they get crispier on the stovetop then in the oven. You can also shape these into smaller pieces to make Indian spiced sweet potato tater tots or fritters (yum!).

pan fry the patties

I had my Indian spiced sweet potato patties with a side of curry ketchup, which I must say, is the perfect condiment for this dish. If you want to get real fancy, top the patties with sauteed spinach and a fried egg for a complete meal!

indian spiced sweet potato patties


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