Who doesn't love falafel these days? They are versatile, delicious and quite easy to make at home. Team them with a flavoured cous cous or rice, or dip them into some Houmous, the possibilities are endless.
400g tin of chickpeas
1 chopped garlic clove, or if you're lazy like me 1-2 teaspoons minced garlic paste
2 teaspoons dried parsley, or a small handful fresh chopped parsley
1 and a half teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon hot chilli powder
2 tablespoons plain flour
spray oil or 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
half an onion, I used white, but you can used red onion if you like
Roughly chop your onion and rinse and drain the chickpeas. make sure they are dry by tossing them well. Then dump the chickpeas, onion, spices, garlic and flour into the bowl of your food processor. Add a pinch of salt and pepper for seasoning.
Stick the lid on, and pulse until everything is blended and you have a smooth paste.
Scrape the sides down a few times in between to make sure all the ingredients are all in there. If it seems a bit too wet, add a touch of flour and a spot of water if it feels too dry. You want it to be a mixture that easily forms together without it getting all over your hands.
Remove the blade from the processor (obviously) and dust your hands with a little bit of flour. Take a small scoop of the mixture, and quickly shape into a ball. If the mixture cracks at this point, add a little water and reform the ball.
Heat a frying pan well, and add your oil or spray well with spray oil. Pop in a few falafel at a time and fry on each side for around 5 minutes in total. Honestly, it does depend on your pan and how hot it is so keep an eye on them. Spray the pan with oil if it gets too dry otherwise they will probably stick. Once done, put aside onto a plate and cook the rest.
Pile your couscous on a plate, top with your delicious falafel on top and serve with whatever condiments you want. I went with a bit of Sriracha hot sauce, because I'm a spicy lady, but you can obviously choose what you want.
I love Middle Eastern food, and these falafel are amazing in a warm pitta, with salad and lemon juice. Ideal summer lunchtime snack, and very tasty.