Baked Sweet Potato Falafel
May 30, 2011 § 3 Comments
So, I live above a falafel shop. I *heart* falafel. However, they’re kind of expensive for what is essentially a bunch of ground up beans (£3.50 a pop!), they’re deep fried (which makes my taste buds sing while my arteries clog), and the shop guy is in love with me so it gets progressively awkward when I stop by. So – all this spells motivation to make my own damn falafel!
So I did! Turns out all the authentic ones require deep frying, so I kicked ‘authentic’ to the curb and found this nice recipe from a fantastic restaurant in London called Leon (http://www.leonrestaurants.co.uk/). They’re very easy to make (though you have to plan ahead to roast the potatoes) and there is only one fancy ingredient (or maybe I just never noticed the gram flour at Lunds – it’s everywhere in London).
- 1.5 pounds sweet potatoes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 small cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 big handfuls of fresh cilantro/coriander chopped
- Juice of half a lemon
- a scant cup (120g) chickpea flour (also called gram flour)
- a splash of olive oil
- a sprinkling of sesame seeds
- salt and pepper