Spicy falafels

Spicy falafels

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(112 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 hummus

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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21st Apr, 2012
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!
3rd Apr, 2012
his is my fav falafel recipe by far. I've blogged it at http://lipstickloves.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/spicy-falafels.html We added some stale white breadcrumbs and it was perfect
3rd Apr, 2012
This is my fav falafel recipe by far. I've blogged it at http://lipstickloves.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/spicy-falafels.html We added some stale white breadcrumbs and it was perfect
13th Jan, 2012
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!
11th Jan, 2012
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.
3rd Dec, 2011
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!
9th Nov, 2011
Forgot to star rate, the breadcrumb addition made it 5 star.
9th Nov, 2011
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.
20th Oct, 2011
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
13th Sep, 2011
Added fresh chilli with seeds, FAB! and took to a festival, easy to transport!


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