Kale & Sweet Potato Fritters

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Bowl of mint chutney next to a pan of sweet potato fritters

Friends, these fritters are a must try! The natural sweetness of sweet potato blends beautifully with sautéed onion and nutrient-packed kale. Indian spice blend garam masala adds complex, warming flavor. Plus, just 7 ingredients, 1 bowl, and 30 minutes required!

Top with our new love, mint chutney, for the ultimate side or snack! Let us show you how it’s done.

Red onion, kale, avocado oil, rice flour, sweet potato, garam masala, and salt

How to Make These Sweet Potato Fritters

Sweet potatoes, kale, and red onion form the colorful base for these fritters. They’re loaded with beta-carotene and also supply fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K, B6, and more!

Sautéing these veggies makes them tender and easy to digest while also bringing out their natural sweetness and helping them bind. So much goodness!

Bowl of red onion, shredded kale, and shredded sweet potato

The vegetables have naturally brilliant flavors that are enhanced by sea salt and garam masala.

Garam masala is a blend of warming spices that originated in Northern India. The exact spices used vary, in part because its popularity has spread to other regions and the blend has been modified along the way. Garam masala is popular in Pakistani, Nepalese, Bangladeshi, and Afghani cuisines. The product we used included cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, black pepper, and coriander.

Bowl with shredded sweet potato, kale, red onion, salt, garam masala, and rice flour

Adding rice flour helps these fritters hold together even better and creates a crisp exterior.

Forming a sweet potato fritter over a mixing bowl

After lightly pan frying on each side, the fritters are ready to enjoy (enhance with a generous scoop of mint chutney)!

Partially cooked sweet potato fritters in a cast iron skillet

We hope you LOVE these fritters! They’re:

Crisp on the outside
Tender on the inside
Savory-sweet
Infused with garam masala
Veggie-packed
Quick & easy
& SO delicious!

Enjoy as a side or prepare a batch to enjoy as snacks throughout the week! They pair especially well with our Easy Kitchari (Instant Pot Friendly!), Vegan Palak Paneer with Curried Tofu, Curried Quinoa Salad, and Coconut Curried Golden Lentils (20 Minutes!).

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Stack of sweet potato fritters topped with mint chutney

Kale & Sweet Potato Fritters

Super flavorful sweet potato fritters with kale, onion, and garam masala. Plant-based, gluten-free, and SO delicious! Just 7 ingredients, 1 bowl, and 30 minutes required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Flipping a sweet potato fritter in a skillet
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 (Fritters)
Course Side, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

FRITTERS

  • 2 cups peeled, grated sweet potato (~1 medium sweet potato)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp avocado oil (plus more for cooking fritters)
  • 1 cup diced red onion (~1/2 large onion)
  • 2 cups shredded kale (cut very small or shredded in a food processor)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, to taste
  • 1 ¼ tsp garam masala (we like Frontier brand)
  • 1/4 cup white rice flour (or sub brown rice flour or DIY GF blend)

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

  • Shred sweet potato using either the coarse side of a box grater or the grater attachment of a food processor.
  • Heat a large rimmed skillet (we prefer cast iron) over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onion, grated sweet potato, and kale. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the onion and sweet potato are tender and fragrant. Set aside.
  • To a large mixing bowl add sautéed vegetables, salt, and garam masala and stir. Then add rice flour and stir until combined. You should have a slightly tacky but moldable mixture. Add more rice flour as needed if too wet to handle.
  • Form into thin (roughly 1/4-inch-thick) patties the size of the palm of your hand (we used ~1/4 cup of sweet potato mixture per patty). In the meantime, wipe down and heat the large rimmed skillet you used to sauté your vegetables, or another one (we prefer cast iron or non-stick).
  • Once hot, add a little avocado oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan (we used ~1/2 Tbsp // use more for a crispier effect). Add enough fritters to comfortably fit without crowding. Pan fry until golden brown — ~3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Optional: For even crispier fritters, continue baking in a 400 degree F (204 C) oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve hot topped with mint chutney (optional). Best when fresh. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop over medium heat, in a 350 degree F (176 C) oven, or in the microwave until hot. If frozen, thaw slightly before reheating.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 2 Tbsp (30 ml) avocado oil and without optional chutney.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 fritter Calories: 99 Carbohydrates: 15.5 g Protein: 1.5 g Fat: 3.7 g Saturated Fat: 0.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 218 mg Potassium: 192 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 2.9 g Vitamin A: 5068 IU Vitamin C: 9.8 mg Calcium: 37.8 mg Iron: 0.5 mg

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    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Desiree, we think both of those would contribute too strong of a flavor. But let us know if you try it!

  1. Judy Kromschroder says

    Awesome 🤩 we loved them!!! Simple yet delicious and nutritious ingredients and simple easy to follow instructions gave this recipe a 5 star review. Thank you very much for sharing your recipe !!!

  2. Samantha says

    Wow! These are quick and easy and very yummy and moreish! Thanks for the recipe. I shall make these again.

  3. Michael says

    Got to be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this. But once they were done, we scarfed them up. Adding the gram masala transformed the veggie mix into something delicious! I used brown rice flour as that’s all I could find at the store but it worked fine. Also made the mint chutney as suggested. I didn’t dry the mint and cilantro thoroughly enough so the chutney was a little runny but I can fix that next time.

    I stuck with the recipe amounts for the first time but next batches will have more jalapeno. Other than that I won’t make any changes. Loved it and they reheat really well in the air fryer! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  4. Laura says

    I made these and love them! The Garam Masala balanced the sweetness of the potatoes perfectly. I will definitely make these again and again. It was also quick and easy to make them with a food processor!

  5. Patricia Hall says

    I made this and loved it. The only alteration I made was that I added other salad greens because I only had one stalk of kale. I had it with mango chutney instead of mint. Delicious…I highly recommend. And easy too!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Wonderful! We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the lovely review, Patricia! xo

  6. Shreya Hegde says

    The flavour was amazing! I made the fritters and used them in a burger with beetroot yogurt dip, salad and a bit of cheese. I am not vegan but love how flavoursome and nutricious all of your recipies are! My only feedback is that the rice flour, although a neccessary binder, had a strange grainy texture in the fritters… i might try make it again and experiment with chickpea flour or saute the veggies for longer…

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thank you for sharing, Shreya! We’re so glad you enjoyed them overall. Let us know how it goes with the chickpea flour!

  7. Val says

    I made these with high hopes, as I love sweet potatoes and kale. My csa provided the kale and onions. However, even using 1/2 c of flour, there was little patty-ness about them, more like scrambled veg. In the end they tasted good, but looked nothing like yours and not presentable to guests. The combination was great; I might just use the veg as a filler for wraps.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Val, So sorry to hear they didn’t turn out as expected! We wonder if maybe the veggies needed to cook longer to draw out more moisture? Glad you enjoyed the flavor though!

  8. Deborah says

    Excellent! I added two beaten eggs to add protein and for additional binding. I cooked mine on the grill – we loved them!

  9. Kristen says

    Read the recipe and immediately had to make them! Absolutely delicious with the mint chutney. I made them as written and the recipe was simple to follow. Would definitely make again!

  10. Michele says

    Really tasty and I used potato starch since I had it in the kitchen. Might try the curry suggestion too as that sounds very good.

  11. Sophie says

    These were delicious! I think they might become a new staple for me, they were so easy to make and so full of flavour for so few ingredients!

  12. Mary says

    Can I make this or any recipe with regular flour if we’re not gluten intolerent? I usually have white and whole wheat pastry around.

  13. Noreen Etto says

    Great recipe! Looks delicious! Can you bake them instead of fry them? I had a gall bladder removed regrettably many years ago so I try to cut the oil and frying. Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Noreen, we didn’t test it that way, but think it could work. We’d suggest 400 F for ~30 minutes. Just know it won’t turn out quite as flavorful and crispy without the oil. Let us know if you try it!

  14. Aibreán says

    What can I use in place of Garam Masala? I don’t know why but my stomach really has a bad reaction to this, yet I can use each individual spice in the Garam Masala without incident.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ryan, we haven’t tested it that way, but we think it could work. Let us know if you try it!