Liam Johnson’s Homemade Falafel in Wholemeal Pittas

Liam Johnson is one of our amazing vegan students studying Nutritional Sciences. Here he brings you his homemade falafel in wholemeal pittas.


  • 2 sweet potatoes (baked and mashed)
  • 1 tin of chickpeas (drained)
  • 1 large onion (finely diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tsp of fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Microwave the sweet potatoes whole for around 8 – 10 minutes until tender. Leave to cool and then get them peeled.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook for around 10 minutes or until they have softened. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  • Put the chickpeas, garlic, onions, sweet potato, cumin, ground and fresh coriander, lemon juice and flour into a bowl and season with salt. Now it’s time to mash it until it’s smooth! Mash, mash, mash away!
  • Once ready, it’s time to get your hands in. Grab a small amount and roll in between your hands making delicious golf ball sized falafel bites!
  • Put the falafel bites on an oiled baking tray to make sure they don’t stick.
  • Place the baking tray on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Flip them over and bake for a further 15 minutes until golden brown all over!

Mint Soya Yoghurt Sauce

  • 4 tbsp of soya yoghurt (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup of fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1 cup of parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Chop one cup of of fresh mint and one cup of fresh parsley.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of unsweetened soya yoghurt to a bowl and add the fresh herbs and one tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Mix all the ingredients together.

Time to put it together!

  • Get yourself a wholemeal pitta bread (you can always make your own!) and lightly bake it.
  • Open up the pitta and add your delicious falafel bites. Top with spinach and then drizzle your homemade sauce on top.
  • Serve and enjoy! πŸ™‚