Sweet potato falafels with coleslaw

Pittas bursting with homemade falafels and salad make a low-fat lunch or light supper for less than a pound per serving

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:50 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 486
  • fat 8g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 92g
  • sugars 24g
  • fibre 14g
  • protein 16g
  • salt 1.08g


  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, about 700g/1lb 9oz in total
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • handful coriander leaves, chopped
  • juice ½ lemon
  • 100g plain or gram flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 wholemeal pitta breads
  • 4 tbsp reduced-fat houmous
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • ¼ each white and red cabbage, shredded


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Microwave sweet potato whole for 8-10 mins until tender. Leave to cool a little, then peel. Put the potato, cumin, garlic, ground and fresh coriander, lemon juice and flour into a large bowl. Season, then mash until smooth. Using a tablespoon, shape mix and into 20 balls. Put on an oiled baking sheet, bake for around 15 mins until the bases are golden brown, then flip over and bake for 15 mins more until brown all over.

  2. Meanwhile, stir the vinegar and sugar together in a large bowl until the sugar has dissolved, toss through the onion, carrot and cabbage, then leave to marinate for 15 mins. To serve, toast the pittas, then split. Fill with salad, a dollop of houmous and the falafels.

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