Falafels & Red Pepper Relish

Falafel is a deep-fried ball, or a flat or doughnut-shaped patty, made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Herbs, spices, and onion relatives are commonly added to the dough.

It is a well known Middle Eastern dish that most likely originated in Egypt. Great for a meat free meal and so satisfying!

Vary your herbs depending on your taste buds. Suitable for freezing, a great batch cook option.


  • 500g sweet potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1x 400g tin of chickpeas
  • Juice of 1 lemon OR 1 lime SPICES:
  • 1tsp of cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander optional
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper optional
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp seasalt
  • 2 tbsp of tamari / soy sauce
  • sesame seeds


  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1x400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of ACV (Apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch paprika
  • 1 tsp seasalt
  • ½ tsp of black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 180 to 200 / Gas mark 5-6
  • Cut the sweet potato into bite sized pieces.
  • Peel and finely slice the garlic.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas – place onto 1 baking tray.
  • Put tray into the oven and bake for 25 mins or until soft.
  • Put the sweet potatoes mix into a large bowl. Add the herbs and spices.
  • Blitz the mix or mash the mix. Make sure it is well mixed and no big lumps left!
  • Divide the mixture into four patties or roll into balls. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on a plate, roll the balls or turn the patties. Place on a baking tray and bake for 15-20 mins – roll or rotate halfway through.
  • Put the red peppers and onion into a medium pan on a high heat along with the tinned tomatoes and the rest of the relish ingredients.
  • Bring to boil, reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes. Blend the mixture together and serve!

Falafels are great tucked into a warm pitta with sliced avocado, some grated cheese, hummus , relish, natural yogurt and a fresh green salad.