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Sweet Potato Falafel - GF

2 medium sweet potatoes (orange inside), around 700g or 1 1/2 pounds in total
1 1/2 t ground cumin
2 small cloves of garlic, chopped
1 1/2 t ground coriander
2 big handfuls of fresh cilantro/coriander, chopped
Juice of half a lemon
Scant cup chickpea flour
Sesame seeds
Salt and pepper

Microwave the sweet potatoes whole until just tender. Cool the potatoes and peel.

Make the chickpea flour by putting about 1 ½ cups of dried chickpeas into your blender and grind on high for a few minutes until the flour stops falling into the middle of the container (you will understand this once you do it). Pour blender contents out into a fine-mesh sieve and sift until the fine gram and coarse legume bits are separated. You should have just less than 1 cup of fine chickpea flour – if not, make more.

Put the sweet potatoes, cumin, garlic, ground and fresh coriander, lemon juice and chickpea flour into a large bowl. Season well, and mash until smooth with no large chunks. Stick in the fridge to firm up for an hour, or the freezer for 20-30 minutes. When you take it out, your mix should be sticky rather than really wet. You can add a tablespoon or so more of chickpea flour if necessary (the water content of sweet potatoes varies enormously).

Reheat the oven to 400F/200C. Using a couple of soup spoons (put a well-heaped spoonful of mix in one spoon and use the concave side of the other to shape the sides) or a falafel scoop if you have one, make the mixture into falafel-y looking things and put them on a tray lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes, until the bases are golden brown.

Time: 1 hour

Serves: 6

I love these. You can play with the spices if you like.


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