Pea falafels with minty couscous salad

Pea falafels with minty couscous salad

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Give falafel a makeover by using a mix of chickpeas and frozen peas, serve with couscous and a dollop of yogurt for a cheap but tasty meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal489
  • fat17g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre14g
  • protein21g
  • salt0.5g


  • 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

    pee-nut butt-ah

    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
    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…

  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 100ml natural yogurt


  1. 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.

  2. Place the couscous in a large bowl, season, then pour over enough boiling water to just cover. Set aside for 5 mins.

  3. 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.

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jo_ce2001's picture
2nd Jan, 2020
These are amazing! A cheap and easy meal! I actually only made the falafel as I had another side to use. I made some changes according to what I had- no lemon juice as I didn’t have any, no cumin seeds but I just used a generous sprinkling of ground cumin instead. I also used light tahini. They came together really nicely. I am trying to reduce calories, so in the future will possibly try initially frying with a bit of 1 cal spray for a bit of colour and then bake. I have 4 left over so will try to freeze and see what happens!
Minoo's picture
27th Feb, 2016
These were even better than expected and were a great way to convince my other half that peas can taste nice! I had trouble fitting all the falafel ingredients into my mini mixer, so if you have a bigger food processor I'd recommend using that.
20th Mar, 2015
Really nice! I mixed it up a little, added some egg and spelt flour, mixed herbs, and baked in the oven.
Frantic Flapjack
10th Mar, 2015
I didn't have time to make the falafels but made the couscous and served with sausages. The couscous was light and lovely. Left out the yogurt.
17th Feb, 2015
Very tasty falafels (made with tahini)! I'm going to freeze the remaining ones (we'll see if they are ok once defrosted). I had other leftovers to eat, so haven't tried the couscous yet, but looks nice too. The yogurt is a bit bland, though, so next time, I'll try something else.
11th Feb, 2015
These are lovely. Really easy to make and very tasty. I used a flavoured couscous (garlic and roasted tomato) and it worked really well. My children ate them happily and want them for tea again very soon!
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