Syn Free Sweet Potato Pakoras | Slimming World

I think it’s fair to say that I love Pakoras. Inevitably, the ones from the takeaway are rather bad syn wise, so we came up with some Syn Free Sweet Potato Pakoras. They go very well with our 1.5 Syn Slimming World Samosas!


For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

These Syn Free Sweet Potato Pakoras are made from just Sweet Potato & Onions, we like simple things made from simple ingredients.

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How do I chop the onion in these Syn Free Sweet Potato Pakoras

We used a Mandolin to cut the onion, much easier than using a knife to chop finely, and every chef has one in their kitchen. Make sure to keep the top of the onion intact, don’t chop it off! It’s this that will hold the onion together as you slice it.

This is the Mandolin that we have in our kitchen. It’s the one that most chefs will have in their kitchen too. It’s well build, has 3 different blades and a guard to keep your fingers safe.


How do you make the Syn Free Sweet Potato Pakoras go crispy?

The secret (or rather not because we’re telling you!) is Frylight. By spraying the outside of the Syn Free Sweet Potato Pakoras before baking, it’ll ensure they go brown and crispy.


Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Sunflower or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this Syn Free Sweet Potato Pakoras recipe.

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These Syn Free Sweet Potato Pakoras go perfectly with a Saturday night fakeaway like a Syn Free Chicken Balti, or 2 Syn Butter Chicken.


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Syn Free Sweet Potato Pakoras

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Prep Time

Cooking Time

Pakora 20 Minutes 20 Minutes


Weight Watchers

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50kcal 1

Smart Points (Flex/Freestyle)



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  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and set aside. Place a large sweet potato in the microwave (prick it first) for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Chop the root end off the onions (do not cut the other end off!) and peel. The top of the onion will hold the onion together as you slice it on the mandolin
  3. Select the finest blade for your mandolin and slice the onions. Watch your fingers, always use the guard
  4. Squeeze the juice from the onions with your hand over the sink & place the onion into a large bowl
  5. Combine the ground coriander, ground cumin, garam masala, chilli powder, spring onion, salt and pepper in a bowl and add to the onion mix. Stir well
  6. Next grate in the cooked sweet potato, the skin will just fall away
  7. Get your hands in and mix until the mixture forms a ball. Split the mixture into 12 and make into small balls using your hands
  8. Place on the baking parchment & spray will with frylight
  9. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes remove from the oven, spray them again with the Frylight

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

If making this recipe Gluten Free please make sure to check the ingredients that you’re using

Especially things such as; 

- Stock cubes
- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
- Etc.


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    1. Hi Natalie
      Yes you should be able to freeze them when they’re cooked, then pop them in the oven to reheat when you’re ready for them. They’ll probably take 20 – 30 minutes from frozen, but keep an eye on them!

  1. I made these for our class taster tonight , i slightly overdid the chilli powder but they are very tasty , i made a mint , cucumber and yogurt dip to counteract the chilli overkill

    1. Hi Claire
      You could make them in the Actifry, but you should take the paddle out as they can be a bit delicate before they are cooked

  2. These sounds lovely, just wondering if you need to bake the sweet potato before you put it in the microwave…?

    1. Hi Emma
      If you baked the potatoes rather than microwave, you won’t need to grate them. Cut in half, scoop out cooked sweet potato and combine with the other ingredients. Hope that helps!

  3. These were made for our SW group taster last night by another member. Once she told us where the recipe came from, PInch of Nom was the only topic of conversation!

    1. Hi Megan
      Make sure you squeeze all the moisture out of the onion. Spray the pakoras liberally with the frylight and you may need to leave in the oven slightly longer until the pakoras really do crisp up for you.

  4. Made two batches of these, some for group for taster week and some for home. Everyone loved them at group, not a single one left and wanted to know where to get the receipe. Will definately being making these again. So yummy.

    1. Hi Dawn
      If you have a traditional box grater, there’s a slicing tool on one side. If not, you can use a sharp knife and slice very finely.

  5. I just can’t get these to crisp up at all. I squeezed the water out of the onions with a muslin to get out more of it, no better. Wonder what I’m doing wrong? They smell amazing though! They’ve been in for an extra 15mins so far.

    1. Hi Lorna
      The cooking instructions tell you to spray them with frylight twice during the cooking process. This will help with the crispy finish. 🙂

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