- 1 cup red lentils, washed and soaked for 1-2 hours
- 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-inch ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste)
- Salt to taste
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Oil for frying
For the Coating:
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
Boil the soaked red lentils until they are soft but not mushy. Drain any excess water and set aside.
In a separate pot, steam the sweet potatoes until they are fork-tender. Mash them well and set aside.
In a pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent.
Add minced garlic and grated ginger to the onions. Sauté for an additional 2 minutes until the raw smell disappears.
Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and red chili powder to the pan. Mix well and cook for another 2 minutes to allow the spices to release their flavors.
Combine the cooked lentils and mashed sweet potatoes with the spice mixture in the pan. Mix thoroughly until well combined.
Season the mixture with salt according to taste. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.
Once the mixture has cooled, shape it into small croquettes or patties.
In a shallow bowl, mix the all-purpose flour and water to create a batter for coating. Place breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl.
Dip each croquette into the flour-water batter, ensuring it is well-coated. Then, roll it in breadcrumbs until evenly covered.
Heat oil in a deep fryer or a pan over medium-high heat. Fry the coated croquettes until they turn golden brown and crisp. Make sure to turn them for even cooking.
Remove the croquettes from the oil and place them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Serve the Masala Lentil and Sweet Potato Croquettes hot with your favorite dipping sauce or chutney.
These croquettes make for a delightful and flavorful snack or appetizer, combining the earthy taste of lentils with the sweetness of sweet potatoes and a blend of aromatic spices. Enjoy!