Inna's Sweet Potato & Lentil Patties

By Inna Wearn


These spicy vegan sliders are full of flavour and antioxidants from tender sweet potato and rich aromatic spices. Topped with juicy tomatoes and a crisp lettuce bun.

Ingredients

(Serves 10)

For the patties

1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1-inch chunks

1/2 small red onion, finely diced

1/2 cup red split lentils

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

1 teaspoon tahini

2 teaspoons of chilli powder

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper


For the dressing

3.5 tablespoons of plain yogurt (use coconut yogurt for vegan option)

2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Sea salt and black pepper


To serve

10 cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced

2 baby gem lettuce, leaves separated, rinsed and dried

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

Method

1. Rinse the lentils in cold water. Bring 1.5 cups of water to the boil and add the lentils. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until cooked through. Drain away any excess liquid and set aside to steam dry.


2. Add the diced sweet potatoes to a small pan of boiling water. Simmer for 5-6 minutes or until fork tender. Drain completely and set aside to steam dry.


3. Whilst the lentils and potatoes cook, heat half a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over a low/medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sweat gently until tender then set aside to cool.


4. Add the sweet potato to a mixing bowl along with the lentils, garlic and onion, paprika, cumin, chilli powder, oregano, lemon zest, tahini, salt and pepper. Stir to combine then mash together well.


5. Divide the mixture with your hands into ten even portions, roughly a tablespoons worth, and shape into individual patties about 2 inches wide.


6. Heat the remaining coconut oil in the frying pan used to cook the onions over a medium heat.


7. Once hot, add the patties to the pan - you can do this in batches if required. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side or until hot through, crisp and golden.


8. Whilst the patties are cooking whisk together the dressing ingredients.


9. To serve, place each patty on a lettuce leaf and top with a layer of tomato and red onion.


10. Top each with a teaspoon of dressing and a further lettuce leave to finish.




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