Sweet Potato Pakoras
Our Sweet Potato Pakoras are the perfect slimming friendly Fakeaway accompaniment whether you're counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
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These Sweet Potato Pakoras are super simple to make and you’ll only need sweet potato, onions and a few spices. We love simple food made from simple ingredients that packs a flavour punch!
If you don’t have a mandoline to cut your onions, then you could also slice them very finely with a knife or grate them instead – whichever method you choose will work perfectly well for this recipe.
These Sweet Potato Pakoras are delicious when served alongside pretty much any meal, but we think that they work best with served with an Indian Fakeaway feast!
What diets are these Sweet Potato Pakoras suitable for?
This recipe is suitable for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free diets.
Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Sweet Potato Pakoras?
This recipe doesn’t have many ingredients – just a few store cupboard spices, sweet potato and onions. You can pick up everything you need really easily at the supermarket.
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How many calories are in these Sweet Potato Pakoras?
There are 50 calories in each of our Sweet Potato Pakoras. This means that they fall into our Everyday Light recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
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.
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 mandoline.
Select the finest blade for your mandoline and slice the onions. Watch your fingers and remember to always use the guard! If you prefer, you could also grate the onion instead.
Use your hands to squeeze the juice from the onions over the sink and then place them into a large bowl.
Combine the ground coriander, ground cumin, garam masala, chilli powder, spring onion, and salt and pepper in a bowl, and add to the onion mix. Stir well.
Next grate in the cooked sweet potato – the skin will just fall away.
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.
Place on the baking parchment and spray well with low calorie cooking spray.
Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes remove from the oven, spray them again with the low calorie cooking spray and return to the oven for the remaining 10 minutes.
What should you should serve with these Sweet Potato Pakoras?
These Sweet Potato Pakoras are the perfect side dish and work really well with any of the following. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything, especially Indian inspired food!
How do you know when these Sweet Potato Pakoras are cooked?
You should cook this recipe until the Sweet Potato Pakoras are golden brown and crispy on the outside. This should take approx 30 minutes in the oven.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep these Sweet Potato Pakoras in the fridge?
Once you’ve served them, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of these Sweet Potato Pakoras in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze these Sweet Potato Pakoras?
Yes you can! 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.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat these Sweet Potato Pakoras?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 4-7 minutes.
Alternatively, you can pop them onto a baking tray and bake in the oven at this 170ºC for 20 minutes until they’re crispy. Be careful not to let them burn!
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Sweet Potato Pakoras
Our Sweet Potato Pakoras are the perfect slimming-friendly Fakeaway accompaniment whether you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
- KCals 50
- Carbs 9G
- Pre-heat 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.
- Chop the root end off the onions (do not cut the other end off!) and peel. The top of the onion will hold it together as you slice it on the mandoline.
- Select the finest blade for your mandoline and slice the onions. Watch your fingers and remember to always use the guard! If you prefer, you could also grate the onion instead.
- Use your hands to squeeze the juice from the onions over the sink and then place them into a large bowl.
- Combine the ground coriander, ground cumin, garam masala, chilli powder, spring onion, and salt and pepper in a bowl, and add to the onion mix. Stir well.
- Next grate in the cooked sweet potato - the skin will just fall away.
- 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.
- Place on the baking parchment and spray well with low calorie cooking spray
- Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes remove from the oven, spray them again with the low calorie cooking spray and return to the oven for the remaining 10 minutes.
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AbiMonday 4th January 2021
Hello, looking forward to making these. Can I ask what you’ve used for the dip in the photo please?
HollyWednesday 6th January 2021
Hi Abi, it’s a raita dip so mix some low fat Greek yogurt with a little mint sauce and some chopped cucumber and mix it together. Hope that helps!
Jacquelyne LaycockFriday 1st January 2021
Properly a dumb question but I really struggle with the whole portion thing so is it 1 pakora = 1 portion or 12 pakora’s = 1 portion sorry to ask but I’m dyslexic so really struggling with the portion side of things with things like this thanks you x
HollySaturday 2nd January 2021
Hi Jacquelyne, this recipe makes 12 Sweet Potato Pakoras and the calories are for 1 of the pakoras. Hope that helps!
Melanie GodbeerThursday 2nd April 2020
I found them a tiny bit bitter, maybe it was the onion overcooking ir possibly too much of one of the spices?
LisaFriday 29th May 2020
Hi Melanie. If your onions have caught, that can leave a bitter taste. You could lower your oven temp next time, or keep an eye on them and take them out when they start to go brown.
JordanWednesday 25th March 2020
Hello, why do we spray them with fry light again at the end when not putting them back in the oven? Is that correct?
Steve CowderoyFriday 15th May 2020
Hi Jordan, thanks for getting in touch with us. Its seems there was an error on the website which should of been sorted now. Hope this helps and let us know how you get on with the recipe.
GreaterMancunianThursday 9th May 2019
planning to try these tomorrow but thinking that whenever I’ve cooked sweet potato before, it goes soft … will it still grate properly ?. Always done them in the oven as I don’t have a microwave … is that the secret ?
Emma TThursday 20th June 2019
We’ve grated them to keep some of the texture rather than mashing. You can cook them in an oven instead, but cook until just tender ????
Geraldine Mc GrathWednesday 19th December 2018
I feel really dumb. I don’t understand what you mean about the onions !! Do I chop them up when moisture is squeezed out?
CinziaMonday 17th December 2018
Just made these for the SW taster Christmas party and they went down a storm! Disappeared! People were left disappointed that they didn’t get one so next time I’ll make another few batches!
I’m going to try the samasos next. Thank you Pinch Of Nom for these tasty and easy recipes ????
Merry Christmas! ????
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