Sweet Potato Falafel

serve with a garlicky mayo for extra deliciousness

serve with a garlicky mayo for extra deliciousness

Hubs recently had to return to his native Canada for business.

As I bid him a teary goodbye, I said: ‘Are you going to have falafel?”

“I dunno,” he said. “Probably.”

And I wept a little inside as I watched him board his plane, thinking of all the falafel he’d have without me.

it's good as a mash too

it’s good as a mash too

The first time Hubs introduced me to his native Toronto was a wonderful trip in many ways. Not least was the time we went to a shwarma place (the city seems to be crawling with them) and I got my first taste of the good stuff.

Since then it’s been a bit of a tradition to get our falafel fix every time we’re in the city.

to mix it up, swop out the coriander for parsley

to mix it up, swop out the coriander for parsley

Determined not to be left out this time, I decided to make a paleo-friendly version in my own kitchen…using sweet potato (which worked out well cos Hubs loathes sweet potatoes).

These are basically fried potato cakes with a little bit of special seasoning to give them that falafel flavour.

Yes, they’re not the real thing, but I think they are good enough to stand alone and be judged on their own merits.

Sweet Potato Falafel (makes 5)

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 spring/green onions, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander/cilantro leaf, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour, sieved
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 red chili, de-seeded and finely sliced (keep the seeds if you like your falafel spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  1. Place the sweet potato in a pot of water. Cover, bring to a boil and let simmer for 25-30 minutes until soft.
  2. Drain the potato, season well and mash vigorously to a smooth mash.
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Scoop a generous tbsp of the mash and form into a patty shape. Place in the frying pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown. Repeat until the mash is used up.

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16 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Falafel

  1. You can never go wrong with sweet potato! Your recipe sounds delicious, as usual. Can you get the purple-skinned ones with the white flesh there? I find they taste more delicate than the yellow ones, and trick they somehow people who don’t like sweet potatoes into liking them

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    • They are fiddly, definitely not as stable as the type with breadcrumbs sadly. I always make sure to chill them for as long as possible and also cook gently (without too much prodding or flipping). Hopefully they tasted good though!

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