Thursday, August 20, 2009

Falafel Delight

Thank goodness for this amazingly delicious recipe! I am a huge fan of falafel, and thanks to this website, I have found a stunningly delicious and nutritious recipe! The combination of the sweetness from the warm sweet potatoes, along with the spicy cilantro creates such a delicious harmony that you won't be able to resist making them again.

This recipe comes from and is truly fabulous.


2 medium sweet potatoes (orange inside), around 700g or 1 1/2 pounds in total
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 small cloves of garlic, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 big handfuls of fresh cilantro chopped
Juice of half a lemon
a scant cup chickpea flour
a splash of olive oil
a sprinkling of sesame seeds
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 425F degrees (220C) and roast the sweet potatoes whole until just tender - 45 minutes to 1 hour. Turn off the oven, leave the potatoes to cool, then peel.

Put the sweet potatoes, cumin, garlic, ground and fresh coriander, lemon juice and gram/chickpea flour into a large bowl. Season well, and mash until smooth with no large chunks. Stick in the fridge to firm up for an hour, or the freezer for 20-30 minutes. When you take it out, your mix should be sticky rather than really wet. You can add a tablespoon or so more of chickpea flour if necessary (the water content of sweet potatoes varies enormously).

Reheat the oven to 400F/200C. Using a couple of soup spoons (put a well-heaped spoonful of mix in one spoon and use the concave side of the other to shape the sides) or a falafel scoop if you have one, make the mixture into falafelly looking things and put them on an oiled tray. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes, until the bases are golden brown.

Makes about 18 falafel, enough for 4 - 6.

Enjoy! :)

Photo via

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry I didn't realize you had added this to the blog carnival. I don't get notified when people add links. I put a new post up each Tuesday night so you would be better off to add a link to the newest post.

    These look delicious. You could even add the link again if you like.