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 (  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
1.  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.  If you let them cool a really long time, the skins come off very easily.
2.  Mash everything except the oil and sesame seeds together in a bowl.  Put the bowl in the fridge for about an hour to firm up, or the freezer for 20-30 minutes.  If the mix is too wet, add a bit more flour.
3. Reheat the oven to 400F.  Using whatever tools your please (I used a couple of spoons), shape the mixture into the shape of things you want to eat 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.
Enjoy with pita, hummus, yogurt, cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro…  you get the picture.  Also, eat them the next day with cous cous!  Like this!

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