Sweet Potato Falafel!

Falafel is one of my favourites at the moment and I was buying a mix in the supermarket – but then I discovered how easy it is to make! I’ll go through it step by step and you can see.

So for ingredients you will need:

  • 1 cooked and cooled sweet potato (you could do this the day before while you’re preparing dinner and leave it in the fridge overnight or give it at least 10mins in the microwave)
  •  One tin of chickpeas, drained and rised with clean water
  • About half a handful of fresh corriander, chopped (I believe its Cilantro in the US?)
  • Another half a handful of fresh parsely, chopped (I used curly leaf but you can use any)
  • Half and Onion, Chopped into small ish peices (it’s going to be blended anyway so don’t worry too much!)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose medium curry powder
  • 1/4 cup of flour (may need a bit more depending on how big your sweet potato is – for any UK readers I got these cute measuring scoops from Matalan for £2 so useful for measuring in cups!)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

It may seem like a few ingredients but I found quite a bit of it I had in my cupboard anyway. I recommend getting it all out on the table before you start and putting it away as you’ve used it – then when you are done you have a nice tidy kitchen – hurrah!

(This is before I added the sweet potato – unfortunately it goes a bit of a murky brown colour after that but don’t panic it’s still yum!)

  1. So first of all add your onion and garlic to a frying pan on a low eat with a very small amount of oil. You don’t want to make it too wet as this will make the mixture soggy but if it starts to catch and go brown and a splash of water and let it evaporate off. You want the onions to go translucent but not too brown, they’ll be finished off later anyway.
  2. Next in a jug/bowl/container pour in your drained chickpeas. Add your chopped parsley, corriander/cilantro, curry powder, salt and pepper and give it a rough mix with a spoon.
  3. Scoop out the flesh of your sweet potato and add it to the chickpea/herb mixture. 
  4. And then add in the onions and garlic – give it another rough mix
  5. Then put it in a food processor/blender/hand blender and blitz. I like mine pretty well blitzed but feel free to leave it a bit chuckier – you maybe also need to mix it with a spoon or scrape down the sides a few times to get an even consistancy. 
  6. It should be a bit runny/gloopy at this point so start stiring in your flour. It shouldn’t really form a dough but more of a very thick batter. A good way to tell is you should be able to leave your spoon on top without it sinking.
  7. Then in the frying pan warm up some oil. Now I have no way of knowing what temperature it needs to be to start frying but try some little test balls of mixture. It should hit the oil and start frying but not too ferociously beause it will burn. 
  8. Spoon about a tablespoon of mixture into the oil and I like to press mine down a bit into a patty shape so they cook evening. Wait till they go a bit brown underneith and gently flip it over to cook the other side. Some of them flip better than others – don’t worry if it breaks, just leave it to cook and then scoop it out! I find it’s easier to do these in batches of 3-4 and the whole process takes me about 10-15 minutes. You can make them as big as you like but I find a tablespoon of mixture is just about right to make them bitesize and cripsy.

Then serve! I like to serve mine in a wrap with some hummus, fresh spinach and sweet chilli sauce – even Josh as a convinced Carnivore said that this falafel is becoming one of his favourite meals – can you get higher praise than that??



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