Beer Battered Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters #SundaySupper

Sweet Potatoes dipped in a lentil batter spiked with paprika, cayenne pepper, and beer, fried to perfection? YES!!! And makes an amazing appetizer to boot! With a dish of mint dip by the side…. Ah!!! My “Sunday Supper team” is working on a ‘Tailgating Menu’ to kick off the Football Season!  Believe me, they have cooked up some amazing recipes – I hope you get a chance to check them out! This lentil fritter is a favorite in my family. I almost didn’t have any left over to take pictures for today’s post.  I have never used beer to mix the batter and have always wondered what was so popular about beer battered fries and fritters. Now I know:)!!!  Not only does it add flavor to the batter, the fermented beverage makes the fritter extra light and fluffy. You don’t even need to add baking soda. I used a light ginger beer which added a nice gingery touch to the recipe. The fritters are fried! Yes! But I fried them in light olive oil and drained off excess oil on a paper towel. You can bake these fritters too, but it does not taste the same. Lentil flour adds a healthy touch to this dish. I buy lentil flour ready-made in the Indian store. It’s called ‘ besan’ and is just chickpeas ground into a fine flour. You can purchase lentil flour or chickpea flour at ‘Natural Food’ stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods or just visit an Asian grocery store. You can make your own lentil flour by grinding chickpeas in a coffee grinder.  If you don’t have lentil flour, just use a mix of whole grain flour and pancake batter. It comes out just as good! Biting into meaty sweet potato fritters spiked with spices, beer and mint dip is ….. um you just have to try it !!

 

 

Nutrition Wise !

Lentil or chickpea flour is low glycaemic, loaded with fiber and contains all the antioxidants found in beans! Sweet potatoes may be one of nature’s unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene or Vitamin A. Since Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, it is best absorbed with a little fat. It is also high in anthocyanin which has anti- inflammatory properties. It is also boosts a good amount of fiber. To get the most nutrients out of your sweet potato, don’t peel it too much. Just a good scrub with a veggie brush or a light scrape should be ok. Most of the nutrients are close to the skin !

 

Slice them up !!

Lentil batter with spices and beer and some cornflour.

Getting Fried ! 

Check out the potatoes inside ! Warm and gooey !!

Beer Battered Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters

Serves 8-10
Dietary Diabetic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 2 Sweet potatoes (scrubbed and sliced)
  • 2 cups Lentil flour (or besan )
  • 1/2 cup Cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (or baking powder)
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 cups oil (for frying)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curicumin or turmeric (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or chili powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Note

Use a mix of whole grain flour and pancake flour if you don't have lentil flour. Omit the beer, use water to mix the batter and make this Gluten Free !

Directions

Scrub sweet potatoes and slice thin
Mix 2 cups lentil flour with cornflour, baking powder.spices and beer to make a smooth batter. It should be the consistency of pancake batter.
Heat oil. Dip sweet potato slices into batter and deep -fry in hot oil till it gets golden brown. It cooks very quickly. Drain on paper towels
Serve with a mint dip or your favorite dip !

Mint Cilantro Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cilantro (washed and chopped )
  • 2 cups Mint (remove leaves)
  • 1/2 " ginger (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Jalopeno pepper (or 2-3 small green chilies)

Note

This dip can be stored in the refrigerator for a month. Tone down the chili if you want it less spicy

Directions

Wash all raw ingedients
Blend all ingredients to a fine paste

 

Now for some fun !!!

From Pre Game to Overtime, we’ve got your Football Season covered.  Join us around the family table this Sunday Supper as we share our favorite football season recipes and tailgating tips all day long.  Hop on twitter at 7pm EST for the live #SundaySupper chat and share your favorites.  We would love to add your recipes to our Football Tailgating Menu.

The Football Tailgating Menu Lineup

Pre Game Warm-ups:

On the Sidelines:

Main Events:

Overtime:

From the Cooler:

Wine Pairings by Wine Everyday

 

Comments

  1. Now I know exactly how to get my husband to eat lentils! He would love this and never know he was eating them. Yea!

  2. This is a very neat idea. I love sweet potatoes am looking forward to trying this! And that sauce looks awesome.

  3. I love the combo! i got to make these, Sue!

  4. Let me just say that its a genius idea to use sweet potatoes in a fritter!!Love the beer batter too and cannot wait to try your recipe Sunithi!!Looks absolutely incredible :)

  5. I was already excited about the fritters and THEN you popped up with the cilantro dipping sauce. I’m dying!!!

  6. I love lentils AND sweet potatoes!! Can’t wait to try this marriage of flavors!

  7. Wow, there’s a whole love of amazingness here! And that dip is to die for!

  8. I love sweet potatoes and can’t wait to try this fabulous recipe! Thank you for sharing during #SundaySupper!

  9. Wow, wow wow! These looks so amazing. I am definitely trying these soon, my daughter would love them.

  10. I think that I would fall in LOVE with these. I love sweet potatoes and I love beer-battered anything, so it seems like a gimme! I want these at my next tailgate! :)

  11. Sounds sooo yummy – too bad I’m terrified of the frying!

  12. I love everything about your dish this week – sweet potatoes, lentil flour, frying in olive oil, BEER BATTER! Yes please! This is an amazing mix of healthy and decadent.

  13. I love sweet potatoes and I know I would love them done like this. Great recipe!!

  14. Wowowow these lok and sound amazing!

  15. I’m craving these, and I have been since I approved the post on Triberr. They look amazing, Sue! Happy #SS!

  16. I have never seen anything like this, very interesting. I like sweet potatoes, so I would love to try it!

  17. Those look amazing! I loved Indian influenced dishes!

  18. Wow, I’ve never had anything like this, but I bet I would like them!

  19. good combination dishes of cilantro dip and sweet potato :)
    If I were you, I would satisfied myself to take some pictures in kitchen before serve it to my family :)

  20. The fritters look very tasty, but the dip is what has really caught my attention. It seems very easy to make and not a lot of ingredients to it, how much of a bite does the jalapeno give it ?

  21. Korean’s deep fry sweet potatoes too. It’s a very popular snack. I will have to try lentil flour. I already have 5 different kinds of flour in my pantry but hey what’s one more right? The dip sounds amazing too! Must try.

  22. Oh my goodness! Bliss CAN be fried! :P

    I love lentils and potatoes. My partner loves all things beer and batter! A food match made in heaven! You’re a culinary cupid!

  23. Sunday supper fabulous idea! I bet the girls would love this dish. Sweet potatoes are a big hit with them and anything sliced thin like a chip is fun. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    John

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