Sweet Potato-Black Bean Croquettes
- 1 can black beans - (15 oz)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
- 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon umeboshi vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes - (2 medium) peeled, and roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 pinch cayenne
- 1/2 cup finely-chopped scallions white and light
- green parts
- 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground white pepper
- 1 tablespoon kudzu
- Fresh Mango Chutney (see recipe)
- Fresh mint or cilantro for garnish
In medium saucepan, combine black beans, chili powder, cumin, coriander, 1 teaspoon of the 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 Fresh Mango Chutney. Garnish with sprigs of mint or cilantro.
This recipe yields 16 croquettes.
Per Per Croquette(Without Chutney): 170 Cal; 6g Prot; 2g Total Fat (0 Sat. Fat); 37g Carb.; 0mg Chol; 511mg Sod.; 6g Fiber.