Baked falafel & cauliflower tabbouleh, green tahini sauce & charred spring onions served on a plate

Baked falafel & cauliflower tabbouleh, green tahini sauce & charred spring onions

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 2

Forget soggy sandwiches for lunch and try these easy falafels, served with delicious cauliflower tabbouleh, tahini sauce and charred spring onions

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal447
  • fat25g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre14g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.4g
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Ingredients

  • 400g can chickpeas, drained (or 85g dried chickpeas soaked in 500ml cold water overnight, then drained)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
    Cumin

    Cumin

    q-min

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

  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp baking powder (gluten free if you like)
    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • small bunch parsley, stalks and leaves separated, leaves chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

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

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus 1 tsp
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • ½ small cauliflower, cut into florets
    Cauliflower

    Cauliflower

    coll-ee-fl-ow-ah

    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • ½ small bunch mint, leaves chopped
    Mint

    Mint

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    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 1 lemon, juiced
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

For the tahini & spring onions

  • 6 spring onions, kept whole, topped and tailed
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • handful rocket
    Rocket

    Rocket

    roh-ket

    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • ½ small bunch coriander, stalks and all
  • 2 tbsp tahini
    Tahini

    Tahini

    ta-hee-nee

    Also known as tahina, this finely ground paste of husked and roasted sesame seeds is an…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Tip the chickpeas, ½ tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp ground coriander, cayenne pepper, red onion, 1 garlic clove, sesame seeds, baking powder, parsley stalks and ½ tbsp water into a food processor. Blitz until everything is combined but not mushy – you want the falafel to have some texture, rather than being like hummus. Season to taste, then roll into 18 even-sized balls. Flatten each ball into a disc shape and put them on the baking sheet (the more surface area the crisper they will become). Brush them with ½ tbsp oil. Bake for 20 mins, turning halfway, until golden and crisp.

  2. Meanwhile, clean out the food processor. Briefly pulse the cauliflower until you have a ‘couscous’ consistency. Mix the cauliflower with the remaining ground spices, ½ tbsp olive oil and seasoning. Tip onto a baking tray and roast for 10–12 mins, stirring occasionally, until slightly toasted. Once cool, mix through the chopped parsley, mint and half the lemon juice. Season to taste.

  3. Heat the grill to high (this can be done the night before, if you like). Brush the spring onions with 1 tsp oil, season, then grill until soft and charred for around 5 mins, turning halfway.

  4. Meanwhile, blitz the rocket, coriander, remaining garlic, lemon juice and 1 tbsp water together in a food processor until bright green. Put the tahini in a bowl, then gradually whisk in the herby water until the tahini loosens to a sauce consistency. Season to taste. 

  5. Divide the green tahini and spring onions between the baked falafel and tabbouleh in bowls. 

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