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bagpuss



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 10 10:12 am    Post subject: Sweet potato falafel  Reply with quote    

I got the Leon cookbook recipe for my birthday and I tried the sweet potato falafel recipe.

While being relatively easy to make (bake sweet potatoes, mash with garlic, ground and fresh coriander, ground cumin, salt and pepper, add flour, refrigerate then shape into patties and bake again) they are a bit bland

So I am wondering what to add to make them more tasty.

I could add harrisa powder and more garlic

I could add chillis or chilli paste

What else might make it better?

Shan



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 10 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chillis is a good idea but what about some finely chopped spring onion and maybe some lemon zest?

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 10 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
Chillis is a good idea but what about some finely chopped spring onion and maybe some lemon zest?


The recipe did call for lemon but I didn't have one, I added a bit of balsamic vinegar but it didn't seem to do much

spring onion might work

cqueenie



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 10 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Falafels can be a bit bland, how about lots of yoghurt and mint dip thing or some other sides, guacamole or salsa to pep it up.

If its the falafels themselves to be a bit tastier I go for lots of lemon and/or lime, extra garlic and lots of fresh parsley and extra cumin...

So maybe extra everything, sorry thats probably not much help!

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 10 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cqueenie wrote:
Falafels can be a bit bland, how about lots of yoghurt and mint dip thing or some other sides, guacamole or salsa to pep it up.

If its the falafels themselves to be a bit tastier I go for lots of lemon and/or lime, extra garlic and lots of fresh parsley and extra cumin...

So maybe extra everything, sorry thats probably not much help!


They were so easy to make I was hoping to make them a little tastier so I could bake multiple batches and freeze some,

more of everything sounds like a good plan

Slim



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 10 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Maybe mix in a bit of ground chickpea like a regular falafel?

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 10 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Slim wrote:
Maybe mix in a bit of ground chickpea like a regular falafel?

might not be a bad plan. Raw or Cooked though?

You are mean to add gram flour but I didn't have any

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 10 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cooked surely. Unless you're very confident about your teeth.

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 10 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Cooked surely. Unless you're very confident about your teeth.


most proper falafel recipes though use ground uncooked falafel hence the question

cqueenie



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 10 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bagpuss wrote:
sean wrote:
Cooked surely. Unless you're very confident about your teeth.


most proper falafel recipes though use ground uncooked falafel hence the question


Falafel recipes useground falafel, thats sounds a bit canibalistic...

I part cook mine then freeze and defrost and cook remainder of time, work really well!

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 10 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cqueenie wrote:
bagpuss wrote:
sean wrote:
Cooked surely. Unless you're very confident about your teeth.


most proper falafel recipes though use ground uncooked falafel hence the question


Falafel recipes useground falafel, thats sounds a bit canibalistic...

I part cook mine then freeze and defrost and cook remainder of time, work really well!


typo, I of course meant chickpeas

it is indeed a little weird though

arvo



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 10 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My weapons of choice when jazzing stuff up tend to be:

Ground corriander
Cumin
Paprika

Not necessarily in that order, or even all at once (though I've got a groovy chorizo pasta recipe that does have them in all at once.)

What about leaving your garlic a little more lumpy in the mix?

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 10 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

arvo wrote:
My weapons of choice when jazzing stuff up tend to be:

Ground corriander
Cumin
Paprika

Not necessarily in that order, or even all at once (though I've got a groovy chorizo pasta recipe that does have them in all at once.)

What about leaving your garlic a little more lumpy in the mix?


More lumpy garlic might be good, I might just add more garlic first I don't think it has much in it at the moment

Helen_A



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 10 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd suggest Gram flour instead of the wheat sort. Lots of fresh coriander (in volume at least half as much as the volume of sweet potato). And lemon zest...

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 10 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Helen_A wrote:
I'd suggest Gram flour instead of the wheat sort. Lots of fresh coriander (in volume at least half as much as the volume of sweet potato). And lemon zest...


We didn't have any gram flour though the recipe does call for it

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