Cranberry & chestnut falafel

Add a bit of seasonal spirit to your chickpea bites with fruit and nuts. Serve with a creamy yogurt dip and fresh coriander

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 214
  • fat 10g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 25g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 6g
  • salt 0.4g


  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into big chunks
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 200g ready-cooked vacuum-packed chestnuts
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • small pack coriander, roughly chopped, plus a little more to serve
  • 85g cranberries, defrosted if frozen and halved if you have time
  • 4 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 150g pot creamy Greek-style yogurt, to serve


  1. Put the sweet potato into a microwave-proof bowl, add 1 tsp water and cook on High for 2 mins. Mash in a large bowl.

  2. Put the chickpeas and chestnuts into a food processor and pulse until well chopped but not pasty. Tip on top of the sweet potato, then add the egg, spices, garlic and coriander. Season generously and mix well with your hands. Add the cranberries. Shape dessertspoon-sized balls of the mix into 20 or so patties. Can be made ahead and chilled for up to 3 days.

  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Fry half of the falafels for 2 mins on each side until golden. Lift onto kitchen paper to drain. Repeat with the second batch. Can be made up to 2 days ahead and reheated. Let the falafel cool for a few mins before serving with the yogurt, plus a scattering of coriander.

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