Originating from the Middle East, this traditional street food makes a great side or lunchtime bite.
Falafel blends ground broad (fava) beans and chickpeas with an array of fragrant spices, so it's a fab dish for veggies and very healthy, too.
Using this recipe you can whip up your own in 15 minutes - why not combine them with this delicious recipe for Tabbouleh Salad?
- 100g ready to eat chickpeas in water, drained and rinsed
- 200g split dried broad beans (flava beans), soaked overnight, or 250g fresh broad beans
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed
- Half a small onion, chopped finely
- 25g coriander leaves, chopped finely
- 25g flat leaf parsley, chopped finely
- ½ teaspoon cardamom, pounded, seeds removed
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 100g sesame seeds
- Sunflower oil for frying
- Pitta bread for serving
Method1 Combine chickpeas and broad beans with garlic, onion, parsley and coriander leaves.
2 Blend in batches in a food processor – keep it finely chopped, not mushy. If you have a mincer then use this and pass the ingredients through.
3 Add the spices, baking powder and 2 tablespoons of water and leave to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
4 Fill a heavy-based saucepan with sunflower oil or preheat your fat fryer to 180C.
5 Form the mix into golf ball size pieces and flatten slightly, dip and roll in sesame seeds to evenly coat each falafel.
6 Fry in 2 inches of sunflower oil, turning occasionally for a few minutes until golden brown, do not overcook. Place on paper towels to soak up any excess oil.
7 Serve falafel by itself or in a hot wrap or pitta bread with some fresh sliced tomato, pickled cucumber, crispy salad and tahini sauce or hummus.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes (plus chilling time)
Nutrition InformationServes 6
This recipe was created by Gerard Murphy, the Consultant Chef at Just Falafel.
More scrumptious salads to try:
Raymond Blanc's Rainbow Salad
Moroccan Potato Salad
Chicken Salad with a Twist