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Sweet potato falafel cakes recipe

Sweet potato falafel cakes with red pepper relish

This recipe is perfect to meal prep! Make some at the beginning of the week to have healthy lunches for days.

Serving: 4
Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Difficulty: Medium


  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper or chilli powder (if you like it hot, add 1/2 tsp cayenne)
  • 1 tin chickpeas, (approx 400g), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 15g fresh parsley flat leaf, finely chopped
  • 15g fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
  • 500g sweet potatoes, unpeeld and chopped into bite-sized pieces

For the red pepper relish:

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 0.25 chilli powder
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (approx 400g)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC/gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the chopped sweet potatoes on a baking tray and bake them in the oven for about 25 minutes, until they have softened. Put the red peppers and onion for the relish on a separate tray and place them in the oven along with the sweet potatoes. When they're done, leave the oven on as you will be baking the cakes later on. 
  3. Pour the tin of chickpeas into a large bowl with the cooked sweet potatoes. Add the garlic, lemon juice, soy sauce, spices, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Blitz the mix together using a hand-held blender or food processor or else simply mash well with a potato masher. Just ensure everything is mixed thoroughly and there are no big lumps left.
  4. Add the red onion, spring onions, fresh herbs and cumin seeds and mix through. These will add texture and colour as well as flavour.
  5. Divide the mixture into 4 portions and form into large burger-shaped patties. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on a plate (1/2 tablespoon for cake). Cover the cakes with sesame seeds by pressing them into the seeds and flipping over until they have a nice coating.
  6. Place each patty on the lined baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping them over halfway through for extra crispness.
  7. To make the relish, put the cooked red peppers and onion in a medium pot set over a high heat along with the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Blend with a blender or in a food processor.
  8. Serve the falafel cakes with a spoonful of the red pepper relish on top.

Recipe courtesy of SuperValu