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By: Chef Laura Bonicelli 

Curry and Chili Powder add spice and heat to these delicious and colorful Yammy Beet Fritters. The cool fresh yogurt sauce with lime and cilantro is a perfect compliment. Buy your ingredients at your favorite Farmers Market! 

Beets and Yams

About Yammy Beet Fritters with Yogurt Sauce

I love this combination of beets and yams. Although the beets’ bleeding color takes over so much that the yams are visually undetectable, you can taste them, and their starch helps these cakes stay together.

What makes this Yammy Beet Fritters with Yogurt Sauce recipe a keeper? Firstly, the fritters are a beautiful red color, not your typical fritter-brown. Secondly, they have an accompanying sauce, who doesn’t love a sauce? But mostly, the combination of curry and chili powder is intoxicating, unique, and delicious. I make my curry powder – actually, I several varieties that I love, but this one has cumin, cardamom, coriander, turmeric, mustard, cayenne, and ginger. So with all of that and the chili powder, we have a spicy cake with a titch of heat. All of that settles down nicely with the cool limey yogurt sauce laced with cilantro and green onion.

It’s essential to heat your skillet before you start cooking the patties. Then, once it’s hot, remember you’re browning and crisping each side, but you don’t have to worry about cooking them all the way through. We’re finishing them in the oven, and your oven will take care of that.

If you decide to freeze the leftover Yammy Beet Fritters, and you should because they freeze beautifully, cool them completely. Coat a parchment-lined baking sheet with cooking spray and set the cakes individually on the sheet. Freeze them uncovered. Once frozen, place them in a Ziplock bag. Date and freeze the bag until you need them. Six or seven minutes in a toaster oven, and you’ll have hot and delicious Yammy Beet Fritters for dinner!

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I hope you love this recipe! 

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Step by Step Instructions

yammy beet fritters

Yammy Beet Fritters with Yogurt Sauce

© Chef Laura Bonicelli
Curry and Chili Powder add spice and heat to these delicious and colorful cakes. The cool fresh yogurt sauce with lime and cilantro is a perfect compliment.
5 from 3 votes

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Main Dish - Vegetarian, MM-Blue, Sides, Starters
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 328 kcal



  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic -- minced
  • 1 small onion -- small dice


  • 1 pound garnet yam -- peeled
  • 1/2 pound red beets -- peeled


  • 2 large eggs -- beaten
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder


  • canola oil for frying


    =====Yogurt Sauce=====

    • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
    • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


    • Preheat the oven to 375º F.
    • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium-sized cast-iron skillet. Add in the garlic and the onion. Sauté until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
    • While the garlic and the onion are cooking, shred the yams and beets using your food processor or a box grater.
    • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Stir in the sauteed garlic and onions, the grated yam and beets, and the Italian parsley. Once combined, stir in the flour, salt, pepper, chili powder, and curry powder. Combine well.
    • Heat 1/4-inch of oil in a clean cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Make sure the oil is hot. Drop 1/4 cup measures of the yam/beet mixture into the oil. Press lightly to flatten out. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, flipping only once. (Be careful not to over-brown the fritters.) Remove to a baking sheet. Work in batches. Once the pan is full, bake for 15 minutes. Serve with Yogurt Sauce.
    • To make the Yogurt Sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

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    Calories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 13gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1282mgPotassium: 1317mgFiber: 8gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 550IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 121mgIron: 3mg
    Keyword beets, chili powder, curry, yams
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