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Spicy Falafel Recipe

Falafel Recipe with great spices

The North African Mediterranean

I have to admit that it took us some time to get this falafel recipe right. A lot of the recipes we tried simply did not work....they were too claggy or lacking in the Arab flavours that are essential in this dish.
We wanted them to be spicey, fresh tasting and light. So we persevered and finally got them just right. We've been enjoying them for many years now - give them a try they are delicious. Use them as a starter, a tapa/snack.....or they make a great veggie main course

Falafel Recipe Ingredients
  • 400g (dry weight) of canned chickpeas (garbanzos).
  • One Small onion (very finely chopped).
  • One Large clove of garlic (mashed)
  • A handfull each of finely chopped Parsley and Coriander.
  • 1 tsp. each of: cumin seeds, coriander seeds,  and black peppercorns and 2 small chillis - all ground in a pestle and mortar.
  • 1/2 tsp. salt.
  • 4 tablespoons of flour and 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder.
  • good quality olive oil for frying/or use a deep fat fryer if you prefer.

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Falafel Recipe Method
  1. OK - mash the chickpeas in glass bowl with a potato masher.
  2. Gently saute the onion in a little olive oil for 2-3 minutes and then add the garlic and gently cook until softened. Add to the bowl.
  3. Now add all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. If the mixture seems too thick to you, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and mix again.
  5. Refrigerate the mixture for two hours - very important!
  6. Heat about 1/2 an inch of oil in a medium sized non stick fry pan (skillet) until very hot. (Or you could use a deep fat fryer.) 
  7. Add your Falafel Balls - which you can shape in your hands - 4 at a time - turning once after about 3 minutes and then cooking for a further 3 minutes - until golden brown. No need to turn them if using a deepfat fryer.
  8. Drain on some kitchen paper and serve.

David tucks in to the Falafel They go specially well with our Tabouli Recipe Salad.

Or with some sliced beef tomatoes with Vinaigrette.

They also make great Tapas and are a tasty alternative for Vegetarians.

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