Picture this: you’re shopping in New Delhi, and your only salvation to stave off hunger are street-food vendors selling spicy mixes of sweet potatoes, baked in coal baskets with fresh lemon squeezed on top.
We’re not in India, but you'll seem like you're there by making super-healthy, New Delhi-inspired sweet potato burgers, all with fewer than 300 calories.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-3 medium-sized sweet potatoes (smaller potatoes pack more flavor; look for smoother skin)
-1 diced onion
-1 diced bell pepper
-1/2 cup corn kernels
-1 slice of bread (for binding)
-Salt, red chili powder, chat masala (lemon juice for substitute)
-Boil, peel, and mash your sweet potatoes. This can be done by making a cut in each potato and microwaving them for about 6 minutes on high. (2 minutes per potato)
-Add corn, diced bell peppers, onions, and a slice of bread to the mash. Bread is used as a binding agent for the patties.
-Season to taste with salt, red chili powder—because it’s not Delhi without the heat (it also balances out the sweetness of a sweet potato), and chat masala, which is a tangy blend of Indian spices available at the farmer’s market (use lemon juice as a substitute.)
-My grandmother was amazing at cooking creatively with leftovers. Have leftover rice? Throw ‘em in. What about some black beans you couldn’t finish? They’d be perfect in here. Eat resourcefully. Leftovers offer awesome ways to eat cheaply and they’re pretty fun.
-Preheat oven at 375.
-Shape the sweet potato mixture into patties and bake for about 20 minutes.
-Serve freshly baked patties on buns with your favorite toppings. I like to use sliced avocado and tomato with just a squirt of lemon for mine.
-Sweet potato patties are traditionally also eaten in a spicy yogurt sauce in India. The yogurt cools the body in hot temperatures and also helps neutralize the heat from the spices.