- 400g frozen peas
- 400g chickpeas, drained
- 3 tbsp flour, plus a little for dusting
Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter or tahini
Peanut butter starts with dry roasting peanuts, which concentrates and heightens their flavour…
- small bunch parsley, chopped
One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…
- small bunch mint, chopped
There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…
- zest and juice 1 lemon
Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…
- 200g couscous
Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…
- 3 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 4 large tomatoes, chopped
A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…
- 100ml natural yogurt
Put the peas in a colander and run under the hot tap to defrost. Drain well, then put half into a food processor. Add the chickpeas, flour, garlic, cumin seeds, peanut butter or tahini, parsley, lemon zest and plenty of seasoning. Whizz the ingredients to a paste, adding a splash of water if it looks too crumbly. Using wet hands, shape the mixture into 8 patties, dust with flour, then place on a plate and chill for 10 mins, or longer if you have time. Boil the kettle.
Place the couscous in a large bowl, season, then pour over enough boiling water to just cover. Set aside for 5 mins.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pan. Cook the falafels for 2-3 mins on each side, until crisp and golden – you may have to do this in batches, so keep them warm in a low oven while you do. Add the remaining oil, lemon juice, mint, tomatoes and peas to the couscous. Serve the salad and falafels with a dollop of yogurt.