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Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe


700g Sweet Potato (Orange ones are great for this recipe but others work well too), peeled and grated

4 jumbo eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp fennel seeds

½ cup coriander leaves, roughly chopped

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

½ tsp salt

½ cup flour

3 T sunflower oil (you might need a little more if you want more crispiness)

To Serve

1 cup hummus or topping of your choosing 

1 head gem lettuce leaves or a handful of baby spinach leaves, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice or your favourite vinaigrette

A handful of coriander leaves

2 T Toasted Almonds

1 tsp Sumac

2 T pomegranate jewels (optional)

3 tsp Banhoek Chilli Oil

Flaked Sea Salt and Black Pepper


In a large bowl, combine eggs, grated sweet potato, cumin, coriander, crushed garlic, salt and flour. 

Heat 3 teaspoons of oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.  Add a ¼ cup of the mixture to the pan for each pancake and cook for 3 – 4 minutes each side or until cooked through.  The pancakes should be caramel coloured and a little crispy on the edges. If you like, you can make larger individual-sized pancakes for each person to use as a base for their topping, or multiple smaller ones.

Top the pancakes with a generous dollop of your favourite hummus, drizzle with the Chili Oil and a pinch of sumac and top with coriander leaves, gem lettuce or baby spinach and a scattering of almonds and pomegranate seeds (if using).

Lunch is served!

(this recipe has been adapted from one by Donna Haye)


Karen Dudley (born 1968) is a South African cheffood writer and restaurateur best known for her restaurant, The Kitchen in WoodstockCape Town, which was visited by former First Lady Michelle Obama in June 2011.

Karen has appeared on CNN and TEDx and has been interviewed by New York Times and The Guardian. She has been a guest judge on the reality cooking show My Kitchen Rules South Africa and is often interviewed on national TV.

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