Roasted butternut falafel

Heinstirred
7 servings Prep: 30 mins, Cooking: 30 mins
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Enjoy with a spicy sweet chilli dip!

By Food24 June 15 2016
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Ingredients (19)

200 g chickpeas — dried
1 kg butternut — peeled, seeded
olive oil — extra virgin
40 g bulgar wheat
2 garlic — cloves
1 tsp coriander — ground
1 tsp paprika — smoked
1/2 fresh coriander — chopped
lemon — juice only
salt and freshly ground black pepper — to season
1/2 tsp Robertson's baking powder
50 g chickpea flour
oil — for deep-frying
feta cheese — whipped dip
80 g feta cheese — crumbled
1/2 cup yoghurt — full cream plain
2 Tbs olive oil — extra vrigin
lemon — juice only
salt and freshly ground black pepper — to season
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Method:

Soak the chickpeas overnight in double the volume cold water.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

Cut the butternut or pumpkin 2cm chunks.

Place on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil, season with sea salt and roast for about 30 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked and caramelised around the edges.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

When cool, place the pumpkin pieces in a food processor with all the remaining ingredients, except the baking powder and chickpea flour.

Blitz until just combined (not mushy or pasty).

Check the seasoning and place the mixture in a bowl.

Add the baking powder and chickpea flour and mix until combined and place in the fridge for at least an hour.

While the mixture chills make the whipped feta dip by placing all the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until well combined.

Heat the oil in a medium sized saucepan (to reach at least 5cm up the sides of the pan) and test if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small bit of mixture into the oil. The mixture must start to sizzle and fry immediately.

Wet your hands and press the mixture into balls about the size of a walnut.

Fry in the oil in batches for 6 – 8 minutes until well browned and cooked through. Drain and serve while hot.

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