Sweet potato falafels with coleslaw

Sweet potato falafels with coleslaw

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


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

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal486
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs92g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre14g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.08g


    For the falafels

    • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, about 700g/1lb 9oz in total
      Sweet potatoes

      Sweet potato

      sweet po-tate-toe

      Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

    • 1 tsp ground cumin



      An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 2 tsp ground coriander
    • handful coriander leaves, chopped
    • juice ½ lemon



      Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

    • 100g plain or gram flour
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    • 4 wholemeal pitta breads
    • 4 tbsp reduced-fat hummus
      Hummus in a pot


      hoom-iss, hum-iss

      Hummus or houmous is a staple of Middle Eastern diets. It's a purée of cooked chickpeas,…

    For the coleslaw

    • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
    • 1 small onion, finely sliced



      Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

    • 1 medium carrot, grated



      The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

    • ¼ each white and red cabbage, shredded
      Red cabbage on a plate

      Red cabbage

      red cab-idge

      A favourite winter vegetable served hot with roasted game birds but equally good as a colourful…


    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 hummus and the falafels.

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    trishagreen's picture
    9th May, 2020
    Sad to say I really didn’t like these. The texture was just too soft for falafel and despite adding more spices, they seemed too sweet but bland tasting. Not for me :(
    26th Apr, 2020
    I made this as per the recipe but it was dry, had to add oil to the mix and it only made 12 small ish falafals. Not sure how people got 20 out of this mix. Maybe I needed bigger sweet potatoes?
    7th Jul, 2019
    These were lovely with the salad and hummus, but the falafels weren't great on their own, a bit bland. We had them cold the next day too, using wraps, and it was all still very good.
    balck777's picture
    27th Jan, 2019
    I made a bit of a mistake in that I baked them on greaseproof paper but they did not come away cleanly, so next time I will use an oiled tray as described in the instructions. The flavour was still absolutely delicious and they made a very nice lunch.
    20th May, 2014
    Delicious. It's not often we repeat recipes since we like to try new things, but this has become a favourite. Easy to cook and delicious to eat.
    23rd Jan, 2014
    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.
    20th May, 2013
    Not really worth the effort and washing up. Nice taste but didn't like the texture.
    16th Feb, 2012
    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.
    27th Dec, 2011
    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.
    22nd Mar, 2011
    Loved these but i added a red chilli and half a red onion, perfect in pittas for lunch.


    20th Oct, 2015
    I have no microwave at home, If I boil them would you be making sure there just nearly ready or mashable? Would it b better to pop them in the oven Thanks in advance
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