These veggie cakes have a simple, yet impressive, ingredient list. Plus, they really couldn’t be easier to make. When you combine carrots, arugula, curry, and a hearty amount of garlic together, you can guarantee there won’t be a lack of oomph. These Curried Sorghum Veggie Cakes are definitely weeknight-dinner fare.

Sorghum can carrot veggie cakes set on a white plateFor some reason figuring out what to make for dinner is continually a struggle for me. Even though I develop recipes as my full time job and for this side hustle, I still find daily dinner inspiration nearly impossible. And don’t even talk to me about lunch.

I’m not exaggerating when I say these curried sorghum veggie cakes literally and figuratively saved me last week. I had them for almost every lunch and a handful of dinners. Some meals they were the main event, and for others they were a great addition to a green salad or roasted veggies.

With a simple, yet impressive, ingredient list, these whole-grain sorghum cakes couldn’t be any easier to make. And when you throw carrots, arugula, curry, and a hearty amount of garlic into the mix, they also don’t lack any oomph. These Curried Sorghum Cakes are definitely weeknight-dinner fare. | Zestful KitchenThese are the kinds of recipes I love. Simple, healthy, packed with flavor and can feed me throughout the week. But, as you know, those can be hard to come by! That’s why I’m making a conscious effort to offer more recipes designed for weeknight dinners and that also make great leftovers.

Here are a few of my favorite weeknight dinners:

Pesto Pasta with Meatballs and Roasted Carrots

Vegetarian Bahn Mi Bowls 

One-Pan Apricot Chicken and Broccoli Dinner

Chipotle Tempeh Tacos with Green Apple Slaw

Spicy Harissa Lamb Tacos

Tuscan Chicken Sausages with White Beans and Kale

With a simple, yet impressive, ingredient list, these whole-grain sorghum cakes couldn’t be any easier to make. And when you throw carrots, arugula, curry, and a hearty amount of garlic into the mix, they also don’t lack any oomph. These Curried Sorghum Cakes are definitely weeknight-dinner fare. | Zestful KitchenAbout the veggie cakes

Anyway, back to them baby cakes. These tender veggie cakes are made with white whole sorghum grain, which when cooked, has a delightful chewy texture and nutty flavor. It’s great for pilafs or salads, and when pulsed in a food processor, it takes on a sticky texture, perfect for forming into patties or “meatballs.” And with a good amount of iron and protein, sorghum makes these cakes a wonderful vegetarian (and gluten free) option.

Sorghum grain 

Cooking whole sorghum grain takes some patience, but it’s mostly hands off, so it’s easy and well worth the wait. I like to make a batch at the beginning of the week and throw it over salads, toss it into soups right before serving, or enjoy it for breakfast as a hot cereal with almond milk, fruit, and nuts.

Check out my sorghum recipe archive!

With a simple, yet impressive, ingredient list, these whole-grain sorghum cakes couldn’t be any easier to make. And when you throw carrots, arugula, curry, and a hearty amount of garlic into the mix, they also don’t lack any oomph. These Curried Sorghum Cakes are definitely weeknight-dinner fare. | Zestful KitchenMake sure to tag me @ZESTFULKITCHEN ON INSTAGRAM or comment below if you make these veggie cakes! 

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Curried Sorghum Cakes with Carrots & Arugula

  • Author: Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 12 cakes (4–6 servings) 1x

Description

These whole-grain sorghum cakes couldn’t be any easier to make. With carrots, arugula, curry, and a hearty amount of garlic, they pack a lot of oomph. These Curried Sorghum Cakes are definitely weeknight-dinner fare.


Ingredients

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  • ¾ cup white whole sorghum grain
  • 2¼ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 teaspoon, divided (+ more for cooking)
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup minced shallot (about 1 shallot)
  • 4 ounces arugula, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, and shredded (8 ounces)
  • 1½ teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • Greek yogurt lightly sweetened with honey

Instructions

Bring water, sorghum, 1 teaspoon oil, and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 80-85 minutes until grains are tender and water has been absorbed. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and let cool completely.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Transfer cooked sorghum to a food processor and pulse until the grains are chopped and start to stick together, about 20 one-second pulses; transfer to a large bowl.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium until shimmering. Add shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in arugula and carrots and cook until arugula is wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, curry powder, and 1 teaspoon salt, cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds; season with pepper. Add arugula mixture to bowl with sorghum and toss to combine; wipe out empty skillet.

Add ¼ cup yogurt, egg, and cilantro to sorghum-arugula mixture and stir to combine. Divide mixture into 8 portions (¼ cup each) and pack into firm ½-inch-thick cakes. Transfer cakes to prepared sheet and chill until firm, about 30 minutes or up to overnight.

To bake the sorghum cakes:

Heat oven to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray then transfer chilled cakes to sheet. Coat tops of cakes with nonstick spray and bake 15 minutes. Flip cakes and bake 10–15 minutes more until edges are crisp and cakes are cooked through.

To fry the sorghum cakes:

Heat oven to 200°F and set wire rack inside baking sheet.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over medium until shimmering. Gently lay 4–6 cakes in skillet and cook until golden brown and crisp on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer cooked cakes to prepared sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining cakes and additional oil.

Serve cakes with a dollop of lightly sweetened greek yogurt, cilantro, and scallion greens.


Notes

Additional oil listed in ingredient does not have a specified amount due to which cooking method you choose to use. If you choose to cook on the stove top in a skillet, you will need 2–3 more tablespoons oil.

To quicken cooking time, cook sorghum up to 3 days in advance.

Store cakes in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 5 days.

Cooking and prep time do not include chilling or cooking of sorghum due to being hands-off time.

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  1. I’ve never made anything with Sorgum grain before. These look like the perfect way to try it. Sounds so yummy, filling, and healthy!

  2. These look so pretty and full of flavor! Definitely pinning and adding it to my list of “must try.” It seems like something I might be able to handle and not mess up!

  3. Beautiful! I bet they taste delicious. I tend to not use sorghum as much as I have such a hard time finding it. I am surprised it is not more readily available!

    1. Rebecca, I totally agree, I’ve heard the same thing from a couple of readers. I hope that changes in the next few years. For this recipe, I have found that farro works really well in place of the sorghum grain. I use 2 cups cooked farro in place of the cooked sorghum!

      1. I’m pretty confused it says total time 45 mins but says to simmer 80-85 min is this correct

        1. Hey Michells, sorry about that timing difference. The sorghum should simmer for about an hour, though sometimes it needs longer than that to become soft and still slightly chewy, which can get up to about 80 or 85 minutes. I would check it after 60 minutes and add cooking time as needed. I will fix those timings, sorry about that!

    1. Hi Francesca! Cooked faro or barley will work perfectly in these cakes. I haven’t tested quinoa and I think the small grains of quinoa might not stick together quite as well. I hope that helps!

  4. Hi, is there a way to make this dairy-free? What can I sub for the yogurt? Maybe full fat coconut milk? Thanks!

    1. Great question! I haven’t tested this, but I would try a dairy-free yogurt. The So Delicious coconut milk yogurt I think would work well. Let me know how it goes!