Easy Falafel Recipe

Making your own healthy snacks can be really hard sometimes. It’s often much more tempting to pull a packet of crisps out of the cupboard or buy something pre-prepared (and probably full of calories and saturates) from the nearest supermarket. Yesterday I was facing this exact dilemma and decided to have a look around in the kitchen to see what I could rustle up quickly. I saw a tin of chickpeas and was instantly inspired.

Falafel is one of the simplest and cheapest snacks to make and I want to share my recipe with you. You can pick up a tin of chickpeas from around 30p at any supermarket and the rest of the ingredients are just general things you’d find in any household. I also love how healthy it is and obviously it’s great for a vegetarian diet.

Ingredients

1 tin of chickpeas (400g)
1/2 an onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium egg
Cooking oil (to suit your preference)
Ground cumin
Salt
Fresh/dried parsley

Method

  1. Finely chop up the onion and garlic and pan-fry with a splash of oil and a pinch of salt until golden.
  2. Drain the chickpeas and then mash together with the onions and garlic, adding cumin to season. I added around 1 tbsp, but it depends on personal preference.

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  3. When the chickpea mixture appears to be mainly smooth, add the fresh or dried parsley and mix so evenly distributed. After this, mix in the egg.
  4. When you are satisfied with the mixture, form into small balls with your hands (you should be able to make between 6-8 dependent on the size) and then flatten slightly into patties.

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  5. Heat up 1 tbsp of oil and then cook the patties on a medium heat for around 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy on the outside. (You can also deep fry if you wish to, but pan-frying is the healthier alternative.)
  6. When they are cooked through, leave them to cool for a minute or so and then serve as desired.

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Serving suggestions

  • As a quick snack serve with a hummus or tzatziki dip. Tzatziki = grated cucumber combined with salt, olive oil, mint sprigs and natural yoghurt (use low fat yoghurt for the healthiest option).
  • To accompany a main meal serve with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and spiced cous cous. You can either make your own cous cous from scratch or buy an instant pack from almost any supermarket.
  • To make into a main meal fill a pitta bread with falafel, feta cheese, chopped cucumber salad and finish with either tzatziki or hummus. Delicious!

    Side note: I love cous cous and it is an absolute staple in Tunisia; while I was visiting in the summer, my partner’s mum showed me her recipe and I am dying to try it out and share it with you guys at some point. 

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