The day after Betsy had her first proper meal was our annual street party. Inspired by some Waitrose sweet potato falafels I decided to apply my recipe to sweet potatoes for one of the side dishes.
My best friend (and Betsy’s namesake) was holding Betsy in one hand and a falafel in the other. Betsy leaned over and plucked the sweet potato falafel from her hand and tucked in. An absolutely hilarious moment and 100% baby led weaning. Needless to say we fixed her up with her own falafels which you can see her eating in my baby led weaning video.
Sweet potato falafels are a great picnic food and are a great veggie dish to have in your repertoire. I like to roll them in sesame seeds which are a good source of calcium and iron and as the sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C you know that iron is going to have the best chance of being absorbed. If you have reason to be cautious about allergens you may wish to leave them out – this won’t cause a problem. If in doubt talk to your health professionals for advice.
Sweet Potato Falafels
- Bake the sweet potatoes wrapped in tin foil in the oven for 30 – 45 minutes until they are soft all the way through. I often do this the night before when I’m cooking supper then let them dry out in the fridge overnight.
- Peel off the skin and mash the flesh in a bowl. If you have time let them dry out as it will give a nice texture but if you don’t have that luxury stir through the gram flour (chickpea flour) which will help soak up the excess moisture.
- Put the onion, coriander, parsley, garlic, cumin and cumin seeds into a food processor and whizz up until finely chopped.
- Stir the mixture through the sweet potato until well mixed.
- Roll the falafel into balls (size them to be easy for a baby to grasp).
- Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a frying pan over a medium flame. Put them on a plate then roll your falafels in the seeds.
- Lightly oil a baking tray, place your falafels on the tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Serve with pitta, hummus and salad leaves or cucumber slices.