Spicy black bean and sweet potato cakes

    35 min

    Black beans and sweet potatoes are spiced with chillies, cumin and garlic, then grilled in the oven for a great vegetarian main or starter. They taste fresh and delicious with a lime and soured cream dressing.

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    Serves: 8 

    • Lime Soured Cream
    • 100ml (4 fl oz) light soured cream
    • 1 dessertspoon lime juice
    • 1 small green chilli, minced
    • salt to taste
    • Bean Cakes
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
    • 6 cloves garlic, pressed
    • 2 green chillies, finely diced
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 2 (400g) tins black beans, drained and rinsed
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 250g (9 oz) grated raw sweet potato
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 4 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. To prepare lime soured cream, mix the soured cream, lime juice, green chilli and salt together in a small bowl. Cover, and refrigerate.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Cook spring onions until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in garlic, chillies and cumin; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    3. Transfer contents of frying pan to a large bowl. Stir in black beans, and mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in sweet potato, egg and breadcrumbs. Divide into 8 balls, and flatten into patties.
    4. In the oven, set cooking rack about 4 inches from heat source. Preheat grill. Lightly grease baking tray with 1 tablespoon oil.
    5. Place bean patties on baking tray, and grill 8 to 10 minutes. Turn cakes over, and grill until crispy, about 3 minutes more. Serve with lime soured cream.

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    I left out the lime soured cream and the egg to make it vegan-friendly (yes, the cakes did end up a bit crumbly...) but they still turned out delicious! I think this would also be nice with grated courgette in place of the sweet potato, so I might try that next time  -  06 Jun 2012


    Excellent and seems fairly healthy. Got the black beans from Caribbean section at asda but black eye beans work ok too. I used lime zest too (might as well) in soured cream.  -  08 Oct 2016


    Didn't make the sour cream but had some chili mayo which went well! Are these freezable?  -  18 Jul 2015