Black Bean Cakes

Packed with nutrients, these spicy black bean cakes are ideal for vegetarians.

  • Preparation Time40 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
125ml olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
2 (425g) tins black beans, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus more for garnish
1 egg, lightly beaten
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons hot sauce
65g plain flour, as needed
60g plum tomatoes, halved
Plain yoghurt, for serving
Chipotle Chilli Oil, recipe follows, optional

For the Chipotle Chilli Oil

Chipotle chilli peppers, crushed
Vegetable oil, heated

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. When it is hot, add the onion, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper and cook until the onion is soft and lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.

In a medium mixing bowl, mash the black beans well with the back of a fork. The bean mixture should be relatively smooth, with no whole beans remaining. Stir in the cooled onion mixture, 2 tablespoons cilantro, beaten egg, half of the lime juice, and hot sauce and mix well. Add the flour to the mixture, as needed, until the mixture binds.

Heat 6 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, make 8 patties and transfer the bean patties to the pan. Cook's Note: the cakes will be delicate.

Cook the cakes until golden brown on both sides and heated through, about 2 minutes per side.

Combine the tomatoes, the remaining lime juice, the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, and coriander, to taste. Garnish the bean cakes with yogurt and tomato relish and serve immediately. Drizzle with chipotle chilli oil, if desired.

For the Chipotle Chilli Oil:

Steep the crushed chipotle peppers in hot vegetable oil, then cool and decant into a jar or bottle for storage.

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