Butternut Squash Falafels

by | Mar 1, 2022 | Dinner, Recipe

Falafels are delicious served warm or cold in a wrap with some grated vegetables and hummus. Try these tasty butternut squash ones, instead of the usual chickpea.Serves 4


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp each cumin and coriander seeds, gently toasted in a dry pan until fragrant
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 4-6 tbsp gram flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C
  2. Toss the butternut squash with some olive oil and salt on a baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for about 30 mins or until the squash takes on a little colour and is cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, using a pestle and mortar, pound the cumin and coriander seeds until finely ground. Add the cinnamon, garlic and a good pinch of salt and pound again to a paste.
  4. When the squash is cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Leave the oven on.
  5. Put the squash in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Transfer to a sieve to drain off any excess water for a few minutes. Put back in the bowl, add the spice mix, the coriander and lemon juice and mix together. Add the gram flour a tablespoon at a time until the mixture is still quite loose and sticky but holds its shape when scooped out. Using your fingers, take small scoops of the mixture and shape into falafels.
  6. Roast in the oven for about 15-20 mins, until they take on a bit of colour and firm up.
  7. To serve, arrange the falafel on a dressed salad. 
  8. Leave the falafels to cool if you are using in a packed lunch.


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