A popular Middle Eastern food and a perfect protein-packed meal for vegetarians, falafel is a gift sent from the gods. Traditionally, falafel is made with ground chickpeas (or fava beans in Egypt) and a combination of several spices, and then fried or baked. While we all love a good falafel and pita sandwich, sometimes the pasty color is unappetizing. The addition of sweet potato to this classic recipe turns this dish beautifully orange.
Sweet Potato Falafel
- Prep Time:10 mins
- Cook Time:35 mins
- Total Time:45 mins
- 1 sweet potato baked or steamed
- 1-14oz can chickpeas
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- 1 clove garlic diced
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoon ground coriander optional
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper/ aluminum foil.
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until well mixed, but not too much (otherwise it becomes a hummus).
Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a ball, then place onto the baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the mixture.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until the balls are firm on the outside. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!