Sweet potato falafels with coleslaw

Sweet potato falafels with coleslaw

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Pittas bursting with homemade falafels and salad make a low-fat lunch or light supper for less than a pound per serving

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
486
protein
16g
carbs
92g
fat
8g
saturates
1g
fibre
14g
sugar
24g
salt
1.08g

Ingredients

For the falafels

  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, about 700g/1lb 9oz in total
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • handful coriander leaves, chopped
  • juice ½ lemon
  • 100g plain or gram flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 wholemeal pitta breads
  • 4 tbsp reduced-fat houmous

For the coleslaw

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • ¼ each white and red cabbage, shredded

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Microwave sweet potato whole for 8-10 mins until tender. Leave to cool a little, then peel. Put the potato, cumin, garlic, ground and fresh coriander, lemon juice and flour into a large bowl. Season, then mash until smooth. Using a tablespoon, shape mix and into 20 balls. Put on an oiled baking sheet, bake for around 15 mins until the bases are golden brown, then flip over and bake for 15 mins more until brown all over.
  2. Meanwhile, stir the vinegar and sugar together in a large bowl until the sugar has dissolved, toss through the onion, carrot and cabbage, then leave to marinate for 15 mins. To serve, toast the pittas, then split. Fill with salad, a dollop of houmous and the falafels.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2010

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C.S.Martin1990's picture
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Really tasty and not as overpoweringly sweet as some of the other comments have made it out to be. Acidity of the coleslaw counters any sweetness well in my opinion. Mix does come up a little wet and therefore hard to shape but more flour seemed to help.

juliebahrain's picture
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Not really worth the effort and washing up. Nice taste but didn't like the texture.

flirtinflight's picture
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Really nice. I made more than 20 so probably shouldn't have cooked them for as long. But the whole meal together works very well.

kateculley's picture
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Beautifully easy to make, used 700grams of sweet potatoes which seemed to be 3 small potatoes and one medium and then used spices volumes as directed. Not convinced that the weights were quite right as the spices seemed to have very little flavour so suggest you stick to the one large or two small pots as described. Nice texture and cooking figures seemed accurate but very sweet result, not sure if I'll bother with the leftovers.

bluemuma1's picture

Loved these but i added a red chilli and half a red onion, perfect in pittas for lunch.

hildabeth's picture
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I added some red onion and grated carrot into the falafels to bulk them up a bit, and put them with more grated carrot and lettuce in the pitta bread instead of the coleslaw, super tasty and very healthy! Dinner guests loved it. Might try adding some chickpeas next time.

libby0's picture
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I really enjoyed falafels when I made a packet mix, but I found in this recipie the sweet potato was over-pwering and it made the mixture too wet.

fatnose's picture
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great side with any mexican food. qiuck and easy but messy

mmetoussard's picture
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Easy to make and quite satisfying, but the falafels were veeery sweet - next time, I'll make the falafels out of chickpeas again.
I liked the coleslaw, though. So easy :-)

rebecca23's picture
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This recipe made a delicious lunch - first time I have tried falafel but will definitely make them again. We had ours in wraps instead of the pitta bread.

zoe7284's picture
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Fabulous and surprisingly filling. Nice with a tomato salsa.

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