My mom sent me this recipe from her Fairlady magazine (October 2013 issue), and I decided to give it a bash.  I am a HUGE fan of Mediterranean cuisine, and this 6-step Falafel recipe was so easy, and DELICIOUS that I just had to share it.

Ingredients:

2 x 400g tinned chickpeas, rinsed & drained

2 garlic cloves

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp flour

1 egg

2 tsp cumin, ground

2 tsp coriander, ground

1/2 tsp dry chilli flakes

10g flatleaf parsley, chopped

10g coriander, chopped

Sea salt and black pepper

Vegetable oil for shallow frying

To serve:

Toasted pitas

Tzatziki

Fresh mint

Flatleaf parsley

Method:

Step 1:  Place the drained chickpeas in a food processor and blitz until smooth.

Step 2:  Add the remaining ingredients to the pureed chickpeas in the food processor, season well and blitz again until combined.

Step 3:  Place the pureed mixture into a bowl, shape into small balls and place on a lined baking tray.  The mixture will seem quite dry – but it came together nicely when shaping.

Step 4:  Heat a frying pan with oil, fry the falafel in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.  Drain on paper towel.

Step 5:  Heat up your pitas – you can use a griddle pan, oven or even a microwave (read the instructions on your pita bread pack).

Step 6:  To serve, place a dollop of tzatziki inside a pita, then add the falafel balls.  I also spread some hummus inside my pita.  Garnish with fresh mint and parsley.  Smash in face.

If this isn’t a girl loving her falafel, then I don’t know what is.

2 comments on “6-Step Falafel”

  1. Funny story about Falafels. I had my first one in Cape Town about 17 years ago, while I was a student. I bought it at V&A and sat outside to eat it. As I started a street kid was standing next to me begging for money or food. I tried ignoring him and bit into the falafel, realising it is the most HORRIBLE thing I’ve ever tasted. I just couldn’t believe that anyone on earth could put that in their mouths. I thought there must’ve been something wrong with that specific falafel, so I threw it in the dustbin. But then feeling so guilty about throwing food away with a street kid begging I bought another meal (not a falafel) for the street kid, and I stayed hungry. Being a student I couldn’t afford 2 more meals.

    Later I realised that I don’t like chick peas or coriander so there was probably nothing wrong with the falafel.

    • Haha, that’s so sweet of you though! Yah, it’s not everyone’s taste – especially not the chickpeas. I am obsessed with this kind of cuisine though, so I was in my element eating it. :)

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