Sweet Potato Falafel

Sweet Potato Falafel

Anyone who regularly frequents this space will know I adore little bites, especially when they are baked as it cuts done on oil content and time too. I have baked falafels on more than one occasion and this time I wanted to try falafel with sweet potato along with the chickpeas that are the traditional base for falafels. I surely wasn't disappointed with the result.

They were really easy to make, which is good when it's hot outside and the desire to spend a prolonged period of time in the kitchen is not the first priority. The falafels were slightly crisp on the outside with a melt-in-your-mouth interior. They can be served up as an appetizer, or for a light meal with your favorite chutney or, as I did, with a creamy and tangy yogurt and tahini sauce. I wanted a grain component to the meal and also decided to serve up some brown rice on the side. These certainly would be wonderful served in a pita pocket along with some diced tomato or anything else that suits your fancy.

Sweet Potato FalafelSweet Potato Falafel
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Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Published on August 28, 2015

Crispy golden-orange baked sweet potato and chickpea falafels seasoned with spices and served with a simple creamy, tangy and lemony yogurt and tahini sauce

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  • 2/3 cup dried chickpeas (2 cups cooked)
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 green chilies, seeded and minced
  • handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chickpea flour (besan), or more as needed
  • 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • juice from 1 lemon (3 tablespoons)
  • sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • Rinse the chickpeas and soak for 8 hours or overnight in several inches of water. Drain and rinse, then transfer to a medium saucepan and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until buttery soft. Drain and transfer to a food processor.

  • Meanwhile, scrub the sweet potato and roast in a 425° oven for 35 minutes or until fork tender. Let cool and then remove the skin.

  • Add the garlic, shallot, chilies, parsley, ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric, paprika, ground cardamon, olive oil and salt to the food processor. Pulse for a minute or so until everything is combined and the chickpeas are reduced to rough crumbs. Add the sweet potato and process further until combined.

  • Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the chickpea flour. The mixture should be fairly soft. Add more chickpea flour if the mixture is too moist (if you had a larger sweet potato). Chill the mixture in the refrigetor for 30 to 60 minutes to make the falafels easier to shape.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat an oven to 400°. Shape about 1 tablespoon of the falafel mixture into a little ball. If the mixture is too soft, add a bit more chickpea flour. Repeat until the falafel mixture is all shaped.

  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turning them half way through the cooking time, until golden.

  • To make the sauce, whisk together the ingredients and chill until ready to serve.

Makes 12 to 15 falafels

Sweet Potato Chickpea Falafel

Other little bites to enjoy from Lisa's Kitchen:
Baked Quinoa Falafel Bites
Spicy Baked Chickpea Koftas
Potato Patties Stuffed with Spiced Green Peas (Aloo Matar Tikki)
Vegetarian Samosa Cakes with Tamarind Chutney

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1 comment:

Joanne said...

It is really unbelievable how good the sweet potato is against the falafel flavors! One of my favorite ways to make falafel!