These Sesame Sweet Potato Falafels are made with chickpeas, sweet potato and toasted sesame oil. They're perfect for a packed lunch!
I got the idea to make these Sesame Sweet Potato Falafels in my head a little while ago and they just sounded so good, so naturally I had to make them ASAP! I wanted the flavours to be super simple, as I find things so often get over-complicated. Especially in my brain. And I knew I wanted a green sauce to drizzle over the top of them, since I'm all about contrast. And here they are!
Can you tell I'm eager for spring here with all this green?! We're currently in the grips of the 'Beast from the East' (who even comes up with these names?!) here and it's freezing and I'm 100% over it. Well maybe only 99% over it. The snow is really pretty and I do quite like the novelty of feeling like I'm inside a snow globe! But come on now, I need warmth!
The beetroot falafels I made last year have been a huge hit (I still love that recipe!) and so it was high time I made another falafel recipe really, wasn't it? These ones are made slightly differently from that recipe - here the sweet potatoes are cooked first, whereas everything was raw in the beetroot falafels. They're still really simple to make though and the flavour is just so good!
The uncooked falafel mixture can be a little sticky to work with so I recommend letting them chill in the fridge for an hour or two if you can, but they work perfectly well even if you don't, you just might need a little more patience! Rolling these out makes for perfect kitchen therapy though, if you ask me 🙂
These Sesame Sweet Potato Falafels have a bit of an Asian twist to them, with the main flavour being toasted sesame (why is toasted sesame oil so irresistible?!) backed up by garlic, ginger and a good hit of chilli. All the good stuff! I then made a creamy green tahini sauce to go with them, with Greek yoghurt and avocado for creaminess and tahini to back up the sesame even more.
This makes for a perfect lunch along with some salad leaves (I like rocket here) and avocado. The falafels are really filling so this is a really satisfying meal by itself but feel free to add whatever you fancy! Make a batch of these and keep them in the fridge so you have lunch sorted for a few days - or freeze them! I love the feeling of knowing that I've got something really delicious tucked away in the freezer ready to pull out for a zero effort meal. So good when I have that sinking feeling of dread late at night when I realise I have nothing planned for my work lunch the next day... thank you past-self! I surely can't be the only one who has this problem?
Sesame Sweet Potato Falafels
- 450 g (1 pound) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
- 2 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1 red chilli, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, plus more to coat
- ½ cup gram (chickpea) flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Add the sweet potato chunks and bring back to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or so until tender. Drain and leave to cool slightly.450 g (1 pound) sweet potatoes
- Place 1 can of chickpeas into the bowl of a food processor. Blitz until finely chopped. Add the sweet potato chunks and continue to blitz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.2 400g can chickpeas
- Add the remaining can of chickpeas to the food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add these to the bowl of sweet potatoes.
- To the bowl of sweet potatoes and chickpeas, add the garlic, ginger, chilli, toasted sesame oil, gram flour and salt. Stir well to combine. At this point you can absolutely roll these out and bake them but I would recommend letting them chill out in the fridge for a while, as the mixture will be easier to work with.2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, 1 red chilli, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, ½ cup gram (chickpea) flour, 1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt
- Roll the mixture into small balls (roughly tablespoonfuls). Roll in toasted sesame seeds, if liked, and set on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. Serve with green tahini sauce, rocket, avocado and anything else you fancy!2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Green Tahini Sauce
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender along with a good pinch of sea salt. Blitz until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.125 g (½ cup) Greek yoghurt, 1 tablespoon tahini, 10 g (½ cup) coriander leaves, ½ green chilli, 2 tablespoons lime juice, ¼ avocado, ½ teaspoon maple syrup