2 cans chickpeas( or you can use Garbanzo beans
1 small red onion, roughly chopped
1 small packet chopped fresh parsley
3 large cloves garlic
1 1/2 tbsp chickpea flour ( gram flour)
1 tbsp tahini ( this is sesame seed paste and you should be able to buy almost anywhere)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
Good shake black pepper
Half an avocado per person
Handful roasted chick peas ( see previous recipes)
Cucumber and Garlic Raita ( see previous recipes)
Oils to fry; avocado oil, sesame oil, extra virgin oil ( I used a mix of all 3)
For the cous cous I used one whole packet Booths Organic cous cous.
1 roasted red pepper
1 roasted green pepper
Handful chopped coriander
10 finely chopped cherry tomatoes
Heat oven to 200 deg cel
This is such a great meal when you are hungry since you simply need to place all ingredients into your food processor ( chick peas, tahini, the chopped onion, garlic cloves, parsley, salt, cumin, ground coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika).
Pulse quite carefully as you want all the mixture to combine but not too much! You are looking for it to look like quite a rough paste .... not like hoummous. Keep scraping the mixire down from the edges and make sure it is all evenly combined.
Transfer to a bowl, cover with cling film and put in the fridge to sit for as long as you can - min 15 mins.
Put your combination of oils in the pan and gently heat. You don’t want it to get to smoke point but you want it to be hot before placing your first falafel into it.
Prepare a plate of gram flour (chickpea flour) and sesame seeds.
Using a small spoon, take a ball of the falafel and mould it into a small puck like shape ( if you make a fat ball, it won’t cook through as well).
Place in your mix of flour and seeds and cover the falafel well before placing into the pan of oil.
Continue with the rest of the mixture , taking time to also turn the falafel in the pan while you are adding new ones. They all brown beautifully and absorb the oil- which you will need to add to as you go through this process.
When browned both sides, sit briefly on some kitchen roll to take out excess oil before transferring to a baking sheet or oven dish to finish off cooking in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
Add the rest to the oven as they finish browning until you have the whole batch in the oven.
Prepare your cous cous, accompaniments and serve in your own time.
I saved some for packed lunches the next day too and had enough for snacks the rest of the week!
If someone ever says to you vegetarian food is not tasty.....put a dish of these falafel in their direction. I defy them not not ask for more