I had never tried a falafel until I went vegan (blasphemy, I know!), and that means I have 20 years of falafel-less life to make up for!
One of the main things I love about them; aside from their delicious taste and fluffy texture; is that they are just SO versatile. I put them with pasta or salads, or just eat them on their own or with hummus! I reached a point where I was tired of paying a fortune for a pack of 6 in the supermarket, so I decided to play around and see if I could make my own.
After a few attempts and a couple more disasters, I’ve finally perfected my falafel recipe and it’s ready to share with you all!
For a spicier falafel, you can just add a little bit of chilli powder, but be careful not to cover up all those delicious flavours. If you do make any changes, let us know in the comments below!
- 1 cup chickpeas (must be from a tin, drained)
- 1 tablespoons of dried coriander
- 1/2 large white onion, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon of dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried pepper
- 3 large cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 5 tablespoons of plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Vegetable Oil (for frying)
- Step 1 Place your chickpeas, onion, parsley, pepper, garlic and cumin into a food processor and blend until combined but not puréed.
- Step 2 Add your baking powder and flour and pulse until your mix forms a ball and is no longer sticky. You can add a bit more flour if you need to!
- Step 3 Move your mix into a bowl and then leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
- Step 4 Form your mix into small falafel-sized balls, and then heat your oil (you’ll need about 3-4 inches of oil).
- Step 5 Only cook a few at a time, and if they’re falling apart at all, smoosh your uncooked ones back together and add a bit more flour to your mix
- Step 6 Cook until they’re a nice golden brown colour, and then leave to drain on a clean kitchen towel.
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However, these are great as a snack or party food or side dish! If you haven’t tried our other recipes, you should definitely have a go at making these as a side dish to our Almond Dal and Baked Sweet Potato recipes!
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