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Serves 4

A really tasty Falafel recipe that is ideal for a speedy lunch.

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  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp mild curry paste
  • 1 Tbsp plain flour
  • 25g bunch fresh coriander or parsley
  • Pitta breads
  • Tomato salsa
  • Green salad


    1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry onion until it softens, add the garlic and continue cooking on a lower heat for 5 minutes. Cool slightly.
    2. Place the onion and garlic, chickpeas, curry paste, flour and coriander into a food processor and blitz until the mixture is smooth. Alternatively, place in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher.
    3. Divide mixture into 12 small balls the size of a golf ball, flatten slightly.
    4. Fry the falafel in the remaining oil for 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden.
    5. Serve in toasted pitta bread with tomato salsa and green salad.

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8th Jun, 2012
This is nigh on the exact recipe I use for falafel, and I can confirm that it's remarkably yummy, given how cheap and easy it is. I would say, if you finely chop, blitz in a food processor or even grate the onion, there's no need to cook. Also, you can use curry powder, but check whether it contains salt before considering the seasoning. Some fresh coriander isn't half bad, as an addition.
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