Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sweet Potato Quinoa Patties (gluten-free)


  • 3 large sweet potatoes (skins discarded)
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 large red onion, finely minced
  • 1 tomato 
  • a couple handfuls of fresh spinach
  • shredded and drained zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • Himalayan salt to taste
  • 1 green chili pepper, minced
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. jeera (cumin seeds, freshly ground)
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds (freshly ground)
  • olive oil (or Ghee)
Peal, chop into small pieces, and boil sweet potatoes until soft enough to mash. Cook quinoa to a nice firm texture. Use slightly less than twice as much water to quinoa seeds, and boil covered until all water is gone (usually around 12 minutes).

Heat 1 tsp of ghee and add in the jeera, black mustard seeds, cumin powder, garlic and green chili. Add in the finely chopped onion and stir in for several minutes. Then add the tomato and keep string until the tomato starts to fall apart. 
Place prepared sweet potatoes in a large bowl and mash potatoes. Stir in quinoa, and onion mix thoroughly combine ingredients.

I had some frozen shredded zucchini from my garden, so I thawed that and drained it well. I then heated it on the stove with a little bit of ghee, small amount of crushed jeera seeds and black mustard sees to slightly flavor it. After it softened up and slightly cooked I added it to the sweet potato mix, along with one stirred up egg, and blended very well. 

Shaping quinoa mixture into palm-sized patties as you add it to the stove. Heat up some oil on pan and saute on each side until it starts to brown. Flip once one twice, until desired look.

Top with home made ginger dressing, and/or Avocado-Lemon Dressing. For extra spice drizzle add some Sriracha on top as well.

 All ingredients prepared and mixed in...ready to cook the patties on the stove

Cook on each side for a few minutes
Patty is cooked, nice and neatly round, and ready to be dressed
 Topped with my home made sweet ginger dressing...very moist in the middle. 
Deluxe patty, topped with ginger dressing and Sriracha sauce for an extra kick...not conventionally round, as I flipped it over a few times to brown it slightly more...heavently! Super moist in the middle and full of flavor and texture.  
 Or enjoy on a soft pita bread for a fuller meal!