Monday 28 November 2016

Sweet potato and Walnut Falafel

After hummus, falafel is the next most common dish made with chickpeas. Falafel, which are basically fried chickpea balls or patties, is a popular food in many Arab, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean countries. Originally, though, it is believed that falafel was made with fava beans in Egypt, and while you can still find that type, chickpeas have become the most common ingredient.

So what is falafel, exactly? The traditional recipe involves soaking dried chickpeas and then grinding them up. Then, they are seasoned with garlic, parsley, cumin, salt, and pepper. The mixture is finally shaped into balls or patties and deep-fried. Expert falafel makers rarely use flour to hold the balls together.

The most common way to eat falafel is in a pita with garnishes of tomatoes, cucumbers, and pickled onions. Finally, the sandwich is topped with hummus, tahini, and/or spicy sauces. Falafel can also be eaten in a salad with all the same toppings.

Doha is blessed with heavy rain in last two days, and Of course like we do in india, Hot cup of tea and some fried snacks, makes the rain and aura so romantic. Well, If I think about being romantic, two hot cup of coffee for me and himanshu...As I am not a Tea lover, So If  I am having coffee, Then He should also Enjoy coffee with me, Right?  ;) hahahah yaa yaa I am being selfish, But thts ok for some day ;) So On a weekend It was a heavy rain here, and We enjoyed this fried Falafel with some Chutney and ketchup. Made this Fusion version of Falafel and Our Evening was really really Awesome. There are so many ways to make Falafel. This Falafel are made with Sweet potato and Walnuts. You can definitely bake them or fry them. I use to add some bread crumbs to bind them properly, Not an expert to make Falafel easily. Here Not tried to assemble any burger or with any pita bread...Simply plated them with some green chutney and ketch up. You can serve them like anything. 

This our 68th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop Event, and this time we are back with some #Fusionrecipes. I am back with Some middle east special dish which is FalaFel. Check out the simple recipe below and Enjoyyy them.  


    2 cups soaked and cooked dried chickpeas
    1/2 cup cooked sweet potato, skin on is fine, bake them or steam them do not boil
    1 small onion chopped
    Zest of 1 lemon
    4 cloves of garlic
    1 Cup of chopped Parsley
    1 tablespoon peanut butter
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 tablespoon Tomato ketchup
    1/4 cup water
    1/2 cup walnuts
     2-3 Tbsp Wheat Flour, or All purpose Flour or you can take bread crumbs
    Oil o fry


1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor except the water and the walnuts. Process until well combined but leave a little bit of texture.
2. Add just enough water to bring it all together but not so much that you are unable to shape it. Test with a piece in your hand if you are not sure.
3. Add the walnuts and pulse until just combined. You want to keep some crunchy texture there.
    Shape into patties and place Fry them in hot oil. You can always bake them . But I like fried one.
If you are baking them simply Brush them with oil Bake at 180 Degree C for 35-40 minutes.


  1. Superb share Waagmi. Falafel looks super tempting. I have to try it soon 😊

  2. Bookmarking the recipe! Superb falafel recipe idea with sweet potatoes Waagmi.

  3. What a medley of ingredients Waagmi, simply wonderful. Bookmarking this recipe.