My Life On A Plate: Falafel


Food: one syllable that offers a whole world of edible experiences. Hot, cold, sweet, salty, crunchy, smooth, spicy, safe... Whatever your tastebuds desire, there's something to satisfy every palate. But for me, it's not just about eating. Of course, I love nothing more than to stuff my face but I find the process of preparing food strangely therapeutic. Chopping, peeling, whisking, melting, mashing, kneading - it's all so rhythmically beautiful.

Since I decided to try life the pescatarian way, I've found meal times to be much more exciting. Although I spent a lot of time in the kitchen pre-prescatarianism,  I'd often play it safe and cook things I've cooked a million and one times. Now, I'm experimenting with ingredients that wouldn't have ordinarily been in my cupboards 3 months ago, finding colourful and interesting ways to adapt recipes in order to fit in with my new lifestyle - and absolutely loving it.

With my passion for cooking seeing a new lease of life, I thought I'd try my luck at making something I've never made before but I actually really love: falafel. Falafel are a traditional vegetarian Middle Eastern street food that hit all the right notes for me. There are so many different ways to make them, so my advice is to just find which way works best for you. For this recipe, I used tinned chickpeas but you can substitute them for dry chickpeas or fava beans.

Happy falafel making!


Ingredients (makes 6-7 falafel)
1 400g can of chickpeas
1 small onion
1 garlic clove
1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons of coriander
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1 egg beaten
Fresh parsley
Plain flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Sunflower or vegetable oil

Method
1. Finely chop the onion and the garlic, drain the chickpeas and leave to one side.
2.  Heat the sunflower/vegetable oil in a pan then add the chopped onion and garlic. Cook on a low heat for 5 minutes until softened.
3. Transfer the onion and garlic into a mixing bowl then add the chickpeas, cumin, coriander, paprika, chilli flakes and two heaped tablespoons of flour, then mash together with a fork or potato masher. (I prefer a chunky consistency but if you like a smoother paste, use a blender.)
4. Add the parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.


5. Add the beaten egg and mould the mixture with your hands into small balls. If the mixture is too wet, roll each ball into more flour as it will mould easier.
6. Freeze for 15 minutes to retain shape.
7. Heat some more sunflower/vegetable oil and fry the falafels on a low heat for 3 minutes each side until golden brown.
8. Place on a plate and blot the excess oil with kitchen roll.
9. Serve hot or cold with couscous, pitta bread, salad, or in a wrap. Eat and enjoy!



What are your favourite vegetarian snacks?

22 comments

  1. I absolutely love falafel, thank you for this recipe!!

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  2. I don't think I've had falafel before! It's really amazing and packed with flavor. I'd love to keep the recipe! It looks really delicious.

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  3. This recipe looks heavenly, I have been looking for a good one for a while and I think I have found it!

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  4. Oh this looks soo good! Not too much crust but enough for flavor. Yum!

    Love,
    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

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  5. These look absolutely amazing, I'll have to try them.

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  6. I've never had these before but they look amazing! Perfect for a healthy snack!

    Samantha xo | Blended To Perfection

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  7. I definitely have to try to make these! Looks so delicious, really my kind of food. Thnak you for this recipe :0

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  8. I usually get vegetarian salad. This meal looks delicious! I must try it!

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  9. I usually get vegetarian salad. This meal looks delicious! I must try it!

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  10. Sad to say, I've never tried a falafel before. I definitely want to though especially after seeing how they actually look like and how tasty the ingredients are. Definitely looks delicious and I'm absolutely sure it is! Thanks for sharing. I might give this a try at home. :-)

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  11. i habe never try falafel before. this looks easy to make so i think i should try it

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  12. falafel are one of my favourite middle east dishes, I always order a plate of falafel whenever I eat shawarma (And I eat shawarma every other day, so that must show just how much I eat)
    I'll probably try making it at home tomorrow. thank you for the recipe :D

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  13. Every single ingredient in these makes me smile. These are clearly meant for me to make!

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  14. Oh my yummmm😍 Been trying to do more cooking and expand my knowledge this is great ❤️

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  15. Oh my god I love falafel and your version looks crispy and golden just the way I like them!

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  16. Looks super tasty! I ate falafels only once but i LOVE them. Maybe it's time to make them myself :)

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  17. This looks so delicious! I've never tried falafel before but now it's something I definitely need to try.

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  18. To be honest as i will always be, I have never heard of or tasted this. But it looks delicsh. Greatnty for me if I insist.

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  19. To be honest as i will always be, I have never heard of or tasted this. But it looks delicsh. Greatnty for me if I insist.

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  20. looks amazing I love Falafel!

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  21. This looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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