Last Hours Header Image

Notice! This is an archive version of Last Hours. It is no longer maintained or updated. Emails, addresses etc. may not be up to date.


archive categories

A to Z of DIY guides

Super easy vegan falafel

August 24th, 2009 · post by xhannahx · 9 Comments

falafel ingredients

falafel ingredients

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)
Cutting the coriander

Cutting the coriander

Mixing the falafel

Mixing the falafel

What you do:

  1. 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!
  2. Spoon in the flour, salt, chilli cumin and coriander.
  3. Chop up all the other ingredients and bung them in too.
  4. Mix using your hands. (Make sure they’re clean!)
  5. Warm up some oil in a frying pan on a low heat (you’ll need a little more than you normally fry stuff with)
  6. Roll the mixture into balls between your hands and place them into the frying pan.
  7. 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!)
  8. Pop the pitas into the toaster or grill for a couple of minutes until warm.
  9. 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!)
Frying the falafel

Frying the falafel

The nearly finished fallafel

The nearly finished fallafel

The final falafel

The final falafel

→ 9 CommentsThis entry belongs to the following categories: DIY Guides · Food

9 responses so far

  • durruti posted:
    Aug 25, 2009 at 3:07 pm. Comment #1

    Now that’s a good falafel recipe!

    Falafels have kept my belly full in many parts of the world. Definitely one of the best foods ever!

  • Tom posted:
    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm. Comment #2

    some one shops at asda :-P

  • xHannahx posted:
    Aug 27, 2009 at 8:31 am. Comment #3

    No more asda for me! I’ve moved on to markets and independent shops after finally getting motivated to change my habits.. You’ll see my article on it for last hours soon!

  • Alf posted:
    Sep 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm. Comment #4

    just made this, it was delicious.

    careful when turning though as they break apart real easy and the oil likes to fly at you!

  • Falafel posted:
    May 21, 2010 at 2:59 am. Comment #5

    these look disgusting! Honestly! How can u make falafel with flour and canned chickpeas! Canned chickpeas are cooked and for falafel u need raw but soaked peas mate! These look like they were already eaten before! Get yourself a proper falafel scoop (can be found here: ) and let then give u a proper recipe. This page is really degrading the whole www. If there are too many distroyed recipies like this out there then I might as well never search for recipies online anymore. Nothing personal here but I just want to defend my favorite meal here and make sure nobody ever copies your recipe – then these people will think they don’t like falafel forever becasue of you!

  • xHannahx posted:
    May 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm. Comment #6

    ha ha ha ha! Shamefully trying to sell your falafel scoop by any chance? Shame on you!

  • Fred Goodsell posted:
    May 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm. Comment #7

    What a dumb thing to say.

    Cooking is subjective (as the comment saying they liked this recipe shows). I have made falafel with raw and canned chick peas and like them both.

    If someone ate a bad piece of cake it’s not like they would never eat cake again.

  • xHannahx posted:
    May 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm. Comment #8

    Sorry I should have explained myself more! His email address is from the company that sells the scoop otherwise I’m more than happy for anyone to have any opinions on my recipes :)

  • Fred Goodsell posted:
    May 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm. Comment #9

    Hannah my comment was directed at Falafel not you.