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Savory Yam Cakes

"This recipe is from Hollyhock...a retreat house on Cortes Island here is B.C. They serve only vegetarian fare. Feel free reduce/leave out the heat. I have reduced this recipe for 2 people...using 1 egg. The recipe says 6 serving of 12 small cakes."

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Prep Time: 20m

Cook Time: 25m


Servings: 6  

  • 5.0000

Delicious! I used a little less egg, because the ones I have are huge.They flew of the plate..

  US | Metric  Print Ingredients
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 4 large eggs
  • 5 cups grated sweet potato (yams)
  • 1 cup grated yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 teaspoons finely diced red chili (OR 1/4 teaspoon cayenne)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

What You Will Need

No special items needed.
  How to Make

Step 1

Toast cumin seeds over medium-low heat until brown, stirring often.

Step 2

Whip eggs, and add all other ingredients, mixing thoroughly.

Step 3

Drop by spoonfuls onto large lightly oiled frying pan or griddle and cook slowly on each side until very golden, about 25 minutes.

  Nutritional Facts
  • Serving Size: 1 (193.9 g)
  • Calories 166.2
  • Total Fat - 3.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 138.9 mg
  • Sodium - 472.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 25.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.8 g
  • Sugars - 2.4 g
  • Protein - 7.8 g
  • Calcium - 51.4 mg
  • Iron - 2.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 27.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg
4 reviews

Delicious! I used a little less egg, because the ones I have are huge.They flew of the plate.


Review by MsPia

This is a great tasting spicy yam recipe we really enjoyed. This will be made often.


Review by QueenBea

Perfect recipe for my leftover Easter yam! I cut mine back to one yam as did your previous reviewer, but will definetely be making extra when I make this for both my veggie lovers and my vegetarian friend. Deliciouly different and a great additon to my cookbook.


Review by Gerry

Delicious, peppy recipe. I cut the recipe back to one yam (sweet potato) and 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes. Perfect flavour. Instead of pan frying patties I put it all into a shallow baking dish and baked it in 395 oven for 45 minutes - so easy and so good. Thanks for a saver luvcookn 17 March 2015 The Yam cakes were really peppy but I was quite generous this time with the chili. Don't be concerned when you mix the ingredients that with only egg as the binder that they may not hold together. Well not only do they work they are so darn good that I could make a meal out of just them. I took a photo of them just mixed so you can see the texture. Will be made again and again.


Review by Bergy