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Chickpea and Sweet Potato Koftas

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Category: Low Fat, Vegetarian

 Ingredients List

  • 3/4 lb Sweet potato; or yam (one
  • -medium)
  • 1 1/2 c Chickpeas; cooked
  • 1 lg Garlic clove
  • 2 Scallions; cut into 1"
  • -pieces
  • 2 ts Cumin seed; lightly toasted
  • 1 tb Minced ginger; fresh
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 2 tb Fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper;
  • -to taste
  • 6 tb Unbleached flour
  • 1 c Peas
  • Vegetable oil; or olive oil,
  • -for sautéeing


NOTE: If you use frozen peas, you do not need to defrost them first.

Peel and dice the sweet potato or yam, and cook it in boiling water until
softabout 10 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. Drain well.
(Or cook the whole sweet potato in the microwave until soft, then peel.)
You should have about 1 1/2 cups of cooked sweet potato. Transfer to a food

Add all the other ingredients, except the flour, peas and oil. Puree until
fairly smooth. (The mixture might be very thick, depending on the sweet
potato or yam, so be patient with this process.) Transfer to a bowl.

Stir in the flour until it is thoroughly incorporated, then gently stir in
the peas. Form into large or small patties. To make them uniform or
professional looking, use a 1/4-cup-capacity ice cream scoop or a 1/4-cup
measure to scoop up the mixture. Then pat each one down until it is about
1/2-inch thick and 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

Place a skillet over medium heat and add a little bit of oil. When the oil
is very hot, add the patties and sauté for about 8 to 10 minutes on each
side, or until lightly browned and heated through. Serve hot, warm or at
room temperature.

Makes 16 2-1/2" patties (4 main-dish servings or 6 appetizers) Prep: 35-40
mins.PER 4th SERVING: 247 cals, 2.3 g fat, 8.1%

LUNCH: serve them in a pita with minced tomatoes and cucumbers, and some
yogurt. BUFFET:Tomato-Fennel Consomme, Mediterranean Yogurt, Roasted
Vegetables (375F oil and balsamic with seasonings); Figs with Mascarpone,
Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts.

BAKE (alt): If you are in a hurry and don't have the time to form patties
and saute them, you can make this into a small casserole instead. Omit the
flour and just spread the mixture into a lightly oiled 8x8-inch pan. Top
with a few bread crumbs, and bake uncovered at 350F for about 30 minutes or
until heated through.

KOFTAS are little patties or balls made from ground or mashed vegetables.
In traditional East Indian cooking, they are usually deep-fried and served
in a creamy, savory sauce. In this recipe, the koftas are shaped into
patties, similar to falafel, then sautéed or baked instead of deep-fried.
These delicious little circles are also quite pretty: a deep shade of
golden yellow, punctuated by nuggets of bright green peas.

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