Sweet Potato Falafels

Sweet Potato Falafels
SERVES 16 – 20 falafels

Sweet Potato Falafels

These little falafels are a great twist on a well-loved classic – the sweet potato is a great base for these little bites.

SERVES 16 – 20 falafels


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (around 700 g)
  • 1 tbsp. MasterFoods™ Cumin Ground
  • 2 tsp. MasterFoods™ Coriander Ground
  • 2 tsp. MasterFoods™ Paprika Ground
  • 2 tsp. MasterFoods™ Dill Leaf Tips
  • 2 tsp. MasterFoods™ Garlic Finely Crushed
  • 1 to 2 big handfuls each of fresh coriander and parsley, chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 to 2 limes, plus extra wedges for serving
  • 90 g to 120 g gram or chickpea flour
  • ½ cup MasterFoods™ Vegan Mayonnaise
  • A splash of olive oil
  • Sprinkling of black sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pitta bread, red cabbage slaw, hummus, and assorted pickles, to serve

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven 200°C. Lightly oil the whole sweet potatoes and poke several times over with a fork. Season lightly and bake off for 45 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  2. Leave to cool, peel skin and remove flesh into large bowl. Keep the oven set to 200°C as it will be used again in the recipe.
  3. Add the cumin, garlic, paprika, ground and fresh coriander, parsley, lime zest and juice and gram flour/chickpea flour into a large bowl.
  4. Mash the mixture until smooth with no large chunks. Place the mixture in the fridge to firm up for an hour, or the freezer for 20-30 minutes. In the meantime, mix the dill and mayonnaise and set aside.
  5. The mix should be sticky rather than overly wet. You can add a tablespoon or so more of flour if necessary (the water content of sweet potatoes varies enormously).
  6. Lightly oil two baking trays. Roll a heaped tablespoon of the mixture (around 20g to 30 g) into a ball and slightly flatten onto oiled tray.
  7. Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top and bake for around 15 minutes until bases are golden brown. Squeeze over lime juice while still warm.
  8. Serve with pitta bread, red cabbage slaw, hummus, pickles, and the vegan dill mayonnaise.



  • The batter can be made a day or two in advance.
  • There are numerous spices to also try – MasterFoods™ Cinnamon Ground and MasterFoods™ Oregano Leaves are also delicious.
  • For mayonnaise with an extra kick, add MasterFoods™ Chilli Sprinkle.