I adore my work – at this point in time, my work primarily involves working as a chef on various retreats. It delights me to keep playing and developing new recipes.
I get to serve up delicious plant-based cuisine for groups of between 8 and 40 people. An honour. Recently I was asked to serve brunch. Rather than going down the conventional route of brunch, I decided to sit with it, contemplate, and feel what wants to happen. Then a couple of weeks ago the “Easy Turmeric Potato Patty” happened! Everyone loved it.
It’s an ideal addition to a brunch buffet. These patties work well for lunch or dinner, served hot… and served cold it also makes an excellent lunchbox snack. They freeze well and are very versatile.
You need a few simple ingredients.
- Turmeric powder.
- Creamed coconut block.
- Sea salt.
- Black pepper.
Weave them together, and then magic happens. They hold together incredibly well be sure to watch my video to see how easy they are to make…
Creamed coconut is possibly the only ingredient that people might not be so familiar with in this recipe (although it features a lot in my recipes). It’s easily available in the UK, many European countries (I even found it in the small Spanish island of La Palma), USA and Canada. Creamed coconut comes in a solid block and melts upon heating. It is DIFFERENT from coconut cream. Full info here: What is Creamed Coconut?
You can substitute creamed coconut with coconut butter or just leave it out altogether.
Turmeric is one of the most powerful, healing plants in the plant-kingdom.
Turmeric is an antioxidant superstar
Antioxidants are the compounds in food that are said to help stop damage to our cells by free radicals. Turmeric is said to be a plant with one of the highest levels of antioxidant power known on this planet. Studies have shown that the curcuminoids in turmeric are very effective at finding and neutralising free radicals. It is also thought that turmeric can help to prevent the development of free radicals. Regular use of turmeric in our daily lives (preferably along with other healthy lifestyle choices) could literally stave off all sorts of illness and disease thanks to its remarkable properties.
Turmeric is a promising alternative to Prozac
According to the Psychiatry Advisor “Researchers are finding mounting evidence that an anti-inflammatory compound in a common kitchen spice might help reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD).” Once such reason that it is thought to be helpful against depression is because of turmerics ability to help against inflammatory and oxidative stress (which are associated with depression).
Turmeric is shown to help against Alzheimer’s Disease
According to various studies, the compounds in turmeric can be helpful against Alzheimer’s disease. One component of this disease is a buildup of clumps of a protein called amyloid-beta. Studies have shown that the curcumin compound from turmeric is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and may be able to clear away these proteins. Curcumin has also been shown to reduce neurotoxicity caused by heavy metals in the brain, another factor shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s.
Some of the known health benefits of turmeric…
- promotes healthy joint function
- encourages glowing, clear skin
- works as a powerful anti-inflammatory
- encourages a healthy heart
- improves memory
- supports the digestive system
- is an excellent antioxidant
- helps to cleanse the liver
- has antimicrobial properties
- helps prevent ulcers
- lowers blood pressure
- lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol
- improve menstrual flow
- has anti-cancer properties
LOADS more info in my article here if you want to learn more about this precious spice…
This recipe is very easy. First, you need to chop and boil your potatoes (no peeling required as we want to keep all of the goodness of these wonderful root veggies). Next, you will strain the potatoes, chop and add then the creamed coconut. Next, you will add the turmeric, salt, and black pepper together and mash thoroughly, and then shape into patties. Then you can put them under the grill or into the oven, grill or bake and then serve.
These potato patties also freeze well. In which case, separate with parchment paper and put in a container. Take them out when required and grill or bake from frozen.
They keep in the fridge for a good few days too. Either put them in the fridge after grilling and enjoy as a cold snack, or put them in and grill them as required.
OK, let’s make these delicious bites…
- 750g potatoes
- 50g creamed coconut
- ¾ teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- Large twist of black pepper
- Please see my video for a quick guide on how to make these first.
- Clean the potatoes and chop out any knarly bits. No need to peel them, we'll be using the skin also.
- Chop the potato into small cubes and boil until you can easily piece a fork through them; then strain off the water.
- Chop or grate the creamed coconut block (What is Creamed Coconut? It's DIFFERENT to coconut cream) and then mix into the potatoes to kick start the softening process. Creamed coconut melts with heat.
- Add the turmeric, salt and pepper.
- Mash together thoroughly.
- Shape into patties (you can do this immediately or do when the mixture is cool, it works either way).
- You can then grill (USA: broil) the amount you require for around 7 minutes on each side (or until tanned). Alternatively you can bake until tanned, fry them or put on the barbeque.
- If you don't want to use all of your patties right away, then pop them in the fridge in a container (they will last a good few days) or freeze them (but separate with parchment paper). You can actually grill or bake them from frozen.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.