Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baked Sweet Potato Falafels & Yogurt Mint Sauce

Have you ever started to make a dish then ended up making something totally different? That's what happened when I came up with these Sweet Potato Falafels.  I started out by boiling some sweet potatoes to make mashed sweet potatoes. Then I changed my mind and started  frying onions and chilies and adding chickpea flour into the mix.  So I call these falafels since they do have chickpeas (flour) in them. I am glad I decided to bake them because they came out perfectly guilt-free.  We just ate them with the Yogurt Mint dipping sauce, but you can certainly treat them like traditional falafels and put them into pitas. 

3-4 sweet potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed
1 egg
1 cup of chickpea flour (more if necessary)
1 medium onion chopped finely
2-3 green chilies chopped finely
red chili flakes to taste
salt to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds gently pounded into pieces  or ground cumin if you prefer
1 Tbs of grated ginger
1 Tbs of grated garlic
2 Tbs of fresh minced parsley or 1 Tbs of dried
black and white sesame seeds (optional)

In a frying pan saute the onions, chilies, ginger, garlic, cumin, salt and red chili flakes for 3-4minutes.  Leave in pan to cool slightly.  Then mash the sweet potatoes, with egg and chickpea flour.

 Add the parsley, onion/chili mixture and mix well. Salt as needed. Use two spoons dipped in a little oil to form patties.  Place on a well sprayed baking sheet.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes per side. Add sesame seeds if you desire. Serve in a pita or alone with yogurt mint sauce.

Yogurt Mint sauce:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 small handful of minted chopped
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
juice of half a lime or full lime if it's not too juicy
salt to taste
Stir well and allow to chill for a few minutes before serving.

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  1. That happens to me often too ;) Your falafels turned out delicious. I need to make this variation very soon.

    (P.S) I saw your email, will get back to you soon. Thanks!

  2. Oh what a beautiful creation! I would definitely eat these right up =)

  3. This is so cool! Love that it's baked! Love that it includes sweet potatoes. And LOVE the black sesame seeds!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I love this recipe, delicious and the mint lime yogurt, I would eat that by the spoonful :)

  5. What a great quick and tasty dish! The sauce is very tempting. Sounds so fresh! Thank you for sharing, Ramona!

  6. That's so creative! We love falafels. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is so unique and has such healthy ingridients. If I can find chickpea flour I will try this soon. I have never made falafels of any kind, which is strange since I do love them! My mom loves sweet potato so these would appeal to her as well as the rest of the family! Great job

  8. I love falafel. Sweet potato falafel is just brilliant!

  9. Oh this looks so good! I just used chickpea flour for the first time tonight in place of breadcrumbs in some bison meatballs. I have to say it was just as good as I thought it would be. I have to try it like this now! So creative.

  10. You are a kitchen genius! The falafels look delicious!

  11. It's happen to me sometime,,,This bake sweet potato falafels,looks perfectly YummY with yogurt mint sauce,I'm agree very creatif :)

  12. Hi. first time here and now following you.
    The falafel look so nice with the dip and as you said absolutely guilt free. Join me in



  13. Ramona--These sound so delicious! I was just talking with someone at work about falafel, but these sound so much better than the ones we were contemplating. Thank you for being a genius and inventing this recipe!

  14. Healthy and delicious recipe, love the baked version :0

  15. Your healthier of falafel is looking great! Love the sprinkle of sesame seeds.

  16. Oh yeah, this happens to me quite often. Having these in a pita would be a belly buster for sure!

  17. These look exactly like MY kind of snack :-) I do so enjoy your recipes, Ramona!

  18. I just made these and they are delicious! I found your site via Pinterest and have tried (and loved) several other of your recipes as well. I especially enjoy your Sri Lankan recipes :D. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you! :) I'm glad you have enjoyed the recipes.


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