Spicy falafels

Spicy falafels

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(95 ratings)

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


Serves 6
Cheap and dead easy to make - stuff them into pittas with salad, or serve with couscous and houmous

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per falafel

  • kcal105
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.27g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 400g can chickpea, washed and drained
  • 1 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 tsp ground coriander (or use more cumin)
  • handful parsley, chopped, or 1 tsp dried mixed herbs



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…


  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.

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Comments (107)

surini's picture

Fab! For a little kick, add half a teaspoon of chilli powder. I served these with couscous (this had peppers etc in it).

amyg1987's picture

They were very soft so might try adding the flour and putting in the fridge before cooking next time!
But still very tastey, - I added abit more cumin and some black ground pepper to the chick peas.
Accompanied them with the spanish potato recipe and sour cream and corriander dip!
Definately will be doing these again!

butternutsweet's picture

We have these every week and often give them to friends at our BBQs. they're wholesome but very very tasty! I add a splash of lime juice and chili to mine. Mmmmm!

lesley1142's picture

I have to admit, I'd never tried chickpeas so wanted to give this one a go. As per previous comments, mixture is rather runny so I added some seasame seeds (but would add flour too as suggested next time!). I added various other herbs as I didn't have coriander/cumin so I'm not sure if this affected the flavour, which I found to be rather bland (I did add mint and lemon too, to give it a lift). However, it was OK in a wrap with salad and mint yoghurt! One to try again I think, with the correct ingredients!!

jamiecruickshank's picture

When I made this it was a goo that dissapeared in the pan.
What you gotta do is add lots of cornmeal to make it more solid.
And put in loads more seasoning than it says.
And hot sauce. I like hot sauce.

denni84's picture

I made this recently and like most people, found it was too wet, even when I added flour to mop them up. I baked the falafels then- big mistake, they came out like scones. Tasty enough, but not what I had wanted, will try again without the egg (as I found the mixture was just the right consistency) before I give up on them!

suborbitcom's picture

Divine. This one is a keeper.

licom201's picture

add flour! just made them with probably about 2 tablespoons of flour and they stayed together much better
(and also cayenne pepper as i like it spicy!)

miniminx59's picture

i loosely used this to make my own falafel recipe, which traditionally includes fava beans or broad beans - i used tinned broad beans. used the blender to mush to a smooth paste and took out the egg, added lemon juice, coriander and parsely. rolled into balls, covered in sesame seeds and baked in the oven! easy, tasty and healthy...but a bit dry, so make some mint/yogurt dip and enjoy!

rebloomfield's picture

Couldn't get on with these. Tried varying levels of seasoning but couldn't get past the fact that they just tasted like beans. Maybe I'm spoilt with supermarket instant falafel and this is what they *should* taste like ;)

yvonneg's picture

made these last night,mixture v wet.put in the fridge for awhile but still difficult to handle!made into 8 balls and baked on an oiled tray for 25 minutes-gas 4/180c looked very rustic!but yummy with basmati rice salad houmous and raita.

trixyvixy22's picture

Really liked the flavour of these. Added cayenne pepper and salt as i followed Poppy's tip to taste before adding egg. Aslo fried the onion in garlic oil. Will make again!

amadeo's picture

I used the food processor and some breadcrumbs to help bind it. Chilling them for half an hour seemed help them retain their shape. I was missing some spices so just added what I had like paprika and chili. Very yummy

gemprimmer's picture

I baked mine in the oven instead and they came out great.

leamac83's picture

Made these as the recipe stated and they worked out great. Used spray oil to fry them to cut the calories even more. Totally delicious!! Lunchbox fave!

angelafield's picture

Just another update! I made these again last night and I decided to mash the mixture (couldn't be bothered to get out the food processor wash it etc) and it was very wet compared to when I blitzed it in the food mixer. I will definitely use the food mixer next time.

polyvinylbride's picture

It came out really runny, so when I tried frying them they were pretty much a disaster! I then baked them the next day hoping to rescue them and yes they came out crispy and lush. I love them in tortillas with sour cream and salad.

emmagifford's picture

Very easy to make although I'd put in the food processor next time rather than mashing. Was a very wet mixture but just about held up when cooking. I may try adding some lemon or lime juice as per other suggestions to make it a little more interesting. Went well with chilli jam and yoghurt but not enough wow factor to try again for a while.

angelafield's picture

I amended this recipe slightly, I didn't have an onion (disorganised I know) but I did have a leek! I figured that it might work as they are both alliums, and it did.

Then I didn't bother mashing this in a bowl, I added all the ingredients into a food mixer and it produced a much finer falafel which I prefer. Also I added a pinch of paprika and hot chilli powder.

I then shaped these into 12 mini falafels instead of 6 large ones and found them much easier to turn in the pan. If you let them get quite dark before turning them it makes it much easier.

I served them cold in half a pitta with garlic mayonnaise and cucumber and tomato. I have the left-overs for my lunch today. Yum Yum!

Will definitely make again!

lady_v's picture

tried this recipie for the first time and really liked it- my patties crumbled at the first attempt but leave to fry for 2 mins each side and they stay pretty solid. I also added a red chilli, fresh mint, coriander, a slpash of lemon juice to the mixture, and plenty of salt and pepper. We had them with pitta bread, salad, natural yoghurt dip with mint, cucumber and coriander and also the beef tomoato stuffued with cous cous recipie.. absolutely delicious! mmm


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