Curried Pea & Potato Croquettes

Curried Pea & Potato Croquettes

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From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2013

Curry powder gives this pea and potato croquette recipe Indian flair. Serve these healthy pea and potato croquettes and zesty tomato sauce with sauteed spinach.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 12-ounce russet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 14-ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tip)


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  1. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Wrap in parchment or wax paper and microwave on High until soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, 1 tablespoon curry powder and mustard seeds; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, 10 minutes. Stir in ½ cup peas, cover; remove from heat.
  3. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut into chunks and transfer to a large bowl. Add the remaining 1½ cups peas and 1 teaspoon curry powder, garlic, salt and pepper; mash with a potato masher to the consistency of chunky mashed potatoes. Form into 8 croquettes (scant ½ cup each), 2 inches wide and 3 to 4 inches long.
  4. Beat eggs in a shallow dish. Place breadcrumbs in another dish. Dip each croquette in the egg and then coat with the breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the croquettes until browned on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes. Gently flip, drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon oil around the sides and shake the pan to distribute the oil. Cook until the second side is browned, about 4 minutes. Serve with the sauce.
  • Tip: To make your own fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. To make fine breadcrumbs, process until very fine. To make dry breadcrumbs, spread coarse or fine breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs or about ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs. For store-bought coarse dry breadcrumbs we like Ian's brand, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them at well-stocked supermarkets.
  • Form a Croquette: Combine peas with starchy russet potatoes and gently cup in your hands to form football-shaped patties for pan-frying.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 croquettes & ½ cup sauce
  • Per serving: 420 calories; 13 g fat(2 g sat); 10 g fiber; 64 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 81 mcg folate; 93 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,688 IU vitamin A; 31 mg vitamin C; 108 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 651 mg sodium; 1,109 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (52% daily value), Vitamin A (34% dv), Iron (33% dv), Folate (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3½ starch, 1½ vegetable, ½ medium-fat meat, 2 fat

Reviews 1

July 09, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Tasty croquettes! Really enjoyed the combination of flavors. I altered the recipe a bit by roughly chopping the stewed tomatoes, decreased the peas to 1 1/2 cups, increased the salt to 1 tsp, and increased the ground pepper to 1/2 tsp. Didn't have dry whole-wheat bread crumbs and used panko instead (which made them crunchy--yummo). Will try using 5/8 cup of egg substitute next time to see if it helps shaping the croquettes without falling apart. Pros: Great flavor. Very filling. Cons: Difficult to shape without falling apart. Perhaps more egg? Does not freeze well.
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