This post will be very short and sweet, dear reader, as there’s nothing quite so lovely and simple as making your own falafel. A huge benefit to making your own is that you can tweak the spices and seasoning to be exactly to your taste, so what are you waiting for?
As I may have mentioned, we have signed up for Oddbox, a fruit and veg box filled with products which would otherwise have gone to waste (too big, too small, surplus stock etc.) and this means we sometimes get an influx of something. In this case, it was sweet potatoes. I am a huge sweet potato fan, I love them baked, as mash, as fries, I even love the classic sweet potato casserole dish served up at Thanksgiving in the US (it involves adding sugar and marshmallows to the potatoes and honestly it sounds repulsive but tastes incredible) but one thing I hadn’t tried much was making sweet potato falafel. When I saw we had a hefty handful in our Oddbox I knew it was time to try making my own!
- Two sweet potatoes
- One tablespoon of flour
- Half a teaspoon of smoked paprika
- Half a teaspoon of cumin
- Half a teaspoon of onion powder
- A quarter teaspoon of garlic powder
- A quarter teaspoon of hot chilli powder
Yes, if you were a purist I’m sure you’d slow cook some onion and garlic to then mix with the potatoes, but for ease the powder options do the trick.
Take a baking tray and add around a tablespoon of vegetable oil and pop into an oven as it pre-heats to 200 degrees.
Pierce the skins of your sweet potatoes a few times with a fork and pop them in the microwave for around 10-minutes on full power or until the insides are completely soft and cooked through. Then slice the potatoes in half and scoop out the flesh into a bowl, along with the flour and spices. Mix the whole thing thoroughly and start moulding into your desired shape.
Remove your baking tray filled with now hot oil carefully from the oven, add your falafel and return to the oven. Bake for 10-minutes, flip over to the other side and bake for another 10-minutes.
Easy and delicious!
I like to make up some tzatziki to dip them in, or add them with some hummus and salad to a pita bread for a filling sandwich, or pop them on top of a big bowl of salad. Honestly, they’re so easy it’s ridiculous and are completely delicious and versatile!