The Fresh Mango Chutney makes a refreshing accompaniment to these Southwestern-style patties.
- PER CROQUETTEServings
- 15-oz. can black beans
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. plus 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbs. tamari or soy sauce
- 1 Tbs. umeboshi vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
- 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
- 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes (2 medium), peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- Pinch cayenne
- 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions (white and light green parts)
- 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 1 Tbs. kudzu
- Fresh Mango Chutney
- Fresh mint or cilantro for garnish
- In medium saucepan, combine black beans, chili powder, cumin, coriander, 1 teaspoon salt, tamari, umeboshi vinegar, hot pepper sauce and cilantro. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in lime juice, cover and remove from heat.
- In large saucepan fitted with steamer basket, bring 2 inches water to a boil over high heat. Add sweet potatoes, cover and steam until tender, about 15 minutes.
- Transfer sweet potatoes to large bowl and mash. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, cayenne and scallions and mix well. Drain beans and gently stir beans into sweet potato mixture.
- In shallow bowl, combine flour, remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and white pepper. In small food processor or using a mortar and pestle, grind kudzu to fine powder. Add to flour mixture.
- Form sweet potato mixture into balls, using 1⁄4 cup mixture for each. Roll in flour mixture, then press into round patty. Be sure both sides are evenly coated with flour.
- In large skillet, heat 1⁄8 inch vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When oil is hot but not smoking, add croquettes in batches. Cook until croquettes are browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil.
- Serve croquettes topped with 1 to 2 tablespoons mango chutney. Garnish with sprigs of mint or cilantro.
- Serving Size: Makes 16
- Calories: 170
- Carbohydrate Content: 37 g
- Fat Content: 2 g
- Fiber Content: 6 g
- Protein Content: 6 g
- Sodium Content: 511 mg