These potato cakes are very easy to make. You can even make them with leftover mashed potatoes. For the filling I used beluga lentils since they hold their shape but you can use other kinds instead. I flavored them with curry spices and coconut milk. And because curry goes so well with mango chutney, I also made some to accompany these potato cakes. You can also make them smaller as an appetizer. They are great for a dinner party since they can be made in advance.
This recipe makes about 14 potato cakes.
For the lentil coconut curry:
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of finely chopped ginger
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
2 teaspoons of hot curry powder
½ teaspoon of ground coriander seeds
1 cup of tomato puree
400ml of coconut milk
750ml of vegetable stock
Pinch of salt
1 cup of beluga lentils
For the potato dough:
1 1/2 kilos of potatoes (the mashing kind)
Salt to taste
1 egg white
¼ cup of all-purpose flour
For the coating:
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 ½ cups of panko
3 eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 cup of vegetable oil for pan-frying
For the Mango chutney:
250gr of diced mango (I used frozen mango, but you can also use fresh mango)
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of minced ginger
1 bird’s eye chili, chopped
¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup of sugar
½ cups of water
Pinch of salt
To make the curried lentils: Place the coconut oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Once the coconut oil has melted; add the onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, curry powder and ground coriander seeds. Cook while stirring for about 2 minutes. Then add the lentils. Give it a good stir and then add the tomato puree, coconut milk, vegetable stock and a pinch of salt. Let it cook over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes till it becomes a creamy stew. Don’t forget to stir every couple of minutes so that it doesn’t burn in the bottom. Taste for salt and set it aside to cool down.
To make the mango chutney: Place all of the ingredients in a pot over medium-low heat. Let it cook for about 18 minutes, stirring from time to time until it has a chutney consistency. Midway through the cooking time, I like to mash the mango using a potato masher or a fork. Then transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool down.
To make the potato cakes: Boil the potatoes till they are tender. Check with a knife. Then carefully peel them while they are still hot and mash them. Add salt to taste. Let it cool down a bit until you can handle touching the mash. Add the egg white and flour. Knead the dough with your hands making sure there are no lumps.
Take about 1/2 cup of the potato dough and flatten it with your hands, add about 1 tablespoon of the curried lentils in the middle and then shape it into a patty. Make sure the filling is not sticking out. Repeat for all.
Once all the potato cakes are done, have the coating ready. For the coating; mix the salt, onion and garlic powder with the panko. Coat each potato cake in the flour, then egg and finally in the seasoned panko. Set them aside.
Pour the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the potato cakes in batches. Be careful when flipping them so they don’t break. Since they are already cooked, you just have to pan-fry them till they are evenly golden. This goes fast so keep an eye on them. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels.
Serve them warm with the mango chutney.
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