Serves: 4 (makes 12 falafels)
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
A middle eastern kavaabu of sorts, Falafels are a delicious way to enjoy chickpeas. The mixture is flavored with lots of delicious herbs and spices. The falafel mixture can be made into bigger patties, if you feel like eating a veggie burger. Eat them in a wrap or a burger with your favorite fillings, or simply as they are, dipped into a sauce.
- 400g can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and pat dried
- 1 small onion (about 40g), finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- ½ cup parsley
- ½ cup coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp chilli powder (optional)
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 2 ½ tbsp. flour
- salt to season
- vegetable oil, to fry
- Place the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, coriander, cumin, coriander seeds, cinnamon, chilli powder, baking powder, flour and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is blended but not completely smooth.
- Scoop the falafel using a tablespoon and roll into a ball and flatten slightly.
- Heat about 3 inch- deep vegetable oil in a saucepan. Fry the falafel for about 1 and half minutes, or until golden brown. You can serve the falafels warm or chilled.
Words & Photos by Thooha Adley