Spicy falafels

Spicy falafels

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins Ready in 20 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Cheap and dead easy to make - stuff them into pittas with salad, or serve with couscous and houmous

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per falafel

kcalories
105
protein
5g
carbs
8g
fat
6g
saturates
1g
fibre
2g
sugar
1g
salt
0.27g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can chickpeas, washed and drained
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander (or use more cumin)
  • handful parsley, chopped, or 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 egg, beaten

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Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan, then fry the onion and garlic over a low heat for 5 mins until softened. Tip into a large mixing bowl with the chickpeas and spices, then mash together with a fork or potato masher until the chickpeas are totally broken down. Stir in the parsley or dried herbs, with seasoning to taste. Add the egg, then squish the mixture together with your hands.
  2. Mould the mix into 6 balls, then flatten into patties. Heat the remaining oil in the pan, then fry the falafels on a medium heat for 3 mins on each side, until golden brown and firm. Serve hot or cold with couscous, pitta bread or salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2006

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kirstycat's picture

I made these according to the recipe, but thought the mixture was a bit too wet to make into ball shapes! I chilled them for a few hours but they didn't really firm up at all. Next time I make them I'll try the suggested addition of breadcrumbs to hold them together a bit better. They also really needed a bit of lemon juice. I didn't fry them either, but baked them as a few other people had done, they were good and held together well, but not as nice as fried would be I think! Nice in pitta breads with some houmous and lettuce!

bekkibee's picture

bland, dry , tasteless

fran_ad's picture
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Simply divine! I used fresh coriander instead of ground and added a little smoked paprika and cayenne pepper which gave them a little kick. I also added breadcrumbs which prevented them becoming too crumbly. But all in all a lovely recipe and very yummy indeed ;0)

kaiameixner's picture

These were great! I also added two grated apples and loads of chopped coriander and that made them taste superb. They do have a tendency to fall apart when being fried though, depsite me adding an extra egg to the mixture. Still an easy and relatively quick recipe.

sarahmariejones's picture
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Excellent! I read the comments on here before hand. The differences I made to the recipe were based on the feedback of others. Overall, I added chilli flakes and seasoned completely to taste (before adding the egg). I added breadcrumbs, mixed all my my hands, popped in fridge for 30 mins and the popped in the oven. One drop of oil on the top helps to crispen. Really tasty with some home made yogurt, mint and cucumber dip. I will be doing this again! Absolutely!

sarahmariejones's picture
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Excellent! I read the comments on here before hand. The differences I made to the recipe were based on the feedback of others. Overall, I added chilli flakes and seasoned completely to taste (before adding the egg). I added breadcrumbs, mixed all my my hands, popped in fridge for 30 mins and the popped in the oven. One drop of oil on the top helps to crispen. Really tasty with some home made yogurt, mint and cucumber dip. I will be doing this again! Absolutely!

eva_anita's picture
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I think it's a good recipe but you need to tweak it to your taste. This shouldn't be your first time making falafel, otherwise I think it will come out too bland. I used only 200g (half portion) of chickpeas and more garlic but all other ingredients as written. The chickpeas were falling apart but I managed to fry some cutlets nicely. I had to use more oil as I felt the falafel was burning due to not enough. I served it with the green goddess salad with no fennel and I must say that the taste was really really good. Btw, what about salt? It's not in the recipe. I added 1 tsp. Next time I will experiment further baking instead of frying or adding sesame seeds and other ingredients as the people above suggested. Thanks!

jenniemarie_stone's picture
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These were lovely, the flavours were really nice, I added a few mushrooms which I fried with the onion and garlic. Also added paprika and a squeeze of lemon.
This recipe does not need 1 whole egg. I add just half and a bit of flour and then refridgerated for 1-2hours to firm up.
Will definately be making again! Don't be put off by some of these reviews, make sure you taste before adding the egg to see if you have added enough spices to match your tastes.

yummybonnie's picture
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Good basic recipe, add your own spices to them and definitely serve with some mint and yogurt dip as miniminx said above they are quite dry!

ruthpatricia's picture
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Forgot to star rate, the breadcrumb addition made it 5 star.

ruthpatricia's picture
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Had no corriander, parsley and only Italian mixed herbs so they went in as did finely blitzed fresh breadcrumbs (as suggested by another member) used small red onion and also added some dried crushed chillies. No breaking up and tasted super and spicey.

laurenratcliffe's picture
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So good!! I'm a uni student and these are cheap and easy to make, taste great and are really filling!! i needed to add some plain flour to the falafel mix as it was quite sticky when i added the egg in

jacman56's picture

Added fresh chilli with seeds, FAB! and took to a festival, easy to transport!

lilyrose13's picture

I lightly coated them in flower before placeing them in the oil, this helped keep them together perfectly! x

sallycurtis's picture
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I found it very crumbly. The patties didn't stay patties. The flavor was good though. I added hot chili pepper flakes to give it a bit of kick.

sallycurtis's picture
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I found it very crumbly. The patties didn't stay patties. The flavor was good though. I added hot chili pepper flakes to give it a bit of kick.

kazzac's picture
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The flavour was nice but I found these very soft. The overall texture was disappointing and not dry enough for falafel. May play around with the quantities.

louisa_holbrook's picture
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These sounded promising but were a real pain to mash, so consequently the chick peas did not take on the full flavour of of the onion, garlic and spices, altough the mixture smelt fantastic! Will try the food processor next time! They held together very well as I added bread crumbs and chilled them before frying.

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