I had a HUGE dislike of falafel after puking it out my nose whist swimming with dolphins in New Zealand (I pretty much ruined everyone’s once in a life time experience by making them duck and dive my floating remains). I decided to overcome this dislike by trying some homemade falafel as that always tastes nicer than processed crap. I was at a show recently and the Art House cafe was doing the food and sure enough it was falafel so I bit the bullet and had some and I’ve been hooked again since!
This recipe is from my good friend Sue who cooked it for me at her house warming party last weekend. I’ve changed a few bits to suit my liking but play about with it and add more of the things you like and less of the stuff you don’t! That’s the joy of home cooking!
Makes 10 small balls of falafel. (Enough for 2 people!)
What you need:
- 1 can of chickpeas drained or 400g soaked chickpeas
- 1 tsp ground cumin (super cheap and is used in most curries!)
- 1 tsp ground coriander (also super cheap and is used in most curries!)
- A handful of fresh parsley (or coriander if you prefer), roughly chopped (buy a plant, it lasts longer)
- ½ tsp chilli flakes (more if you like it hot or you can use chilli powder)
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp flour (any kind you have around the house)
- ½ tsp salt
- Some olive oil/ other vegetable oil for frying
- Pita bread to pop them in (or wraps etc)
What you do:
- Using a blender or potato masher, smash the hell out of the chick peas until they’re a smooth paste or slightly chunkier if you prefer!
- Spoon in the flour, salt, chilli cumin and coriander.
- Chop up all the other ingredients and bung them in too.
- Mix using your hands. (Make sure they’re clean!)
- Warm up some oil in a frying pan on a low heat (you’ll need a little more than you normally fry stuff with)
- Roll the mixture into balls between your hands and place them into the frying pan.
- Cook for about 10 mins until crispy on the outside, turning every few minutes. (Don’t crank up the heat to save time or they’ll burn on the outside and be raw in the middle!)
- Pop the pitas into the toaster or grill for a couple of minutes until warm.
- Pop the falafel onto some kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil and serve in the pita with hummus and salad..Nom nom nom! Ace hot or cold! (Pop any left over fresh parsley in the salad as it tastes yummy!)