Homemade falafel (no more grubby takeaways)

Afternoon everyone,

I’ve been volunteering this morning (I volunteer at Relate, in case any of you were curious) and came home to a Graze box which I devoured whilst trying to review it. I have another recipe for you today, recently I tried to make my own falafel and it turned out pretty well. I have a terrible habit of wanting falafel and giving in to getting takeaways from dubious places which also sell meat. I have never liked the falafel which is sold in supermarkets.

The recipe I used is from Justataste, I used frozen onions once again and added a sprinkle of dried mixed herbs as I only had fresh coriander. The recipe suggests a side of dairy tahini sauce, instead I paired mine with some plain houmous. This recipe is another really simple one that just requires a food processor to combine the ingredients, and a little time for the mixture to rest in the fridge. I really would like to get an ice cream scoop soon as it looks a lot easier than using regular spoons to divide the mixture, and I’ve heard it’s also great for measuring out cupcake batter. Anyway, cooking is also easy, just brown for 3 minutes on each side in a frying pan and you are good to go.

Ingredients:

2 cups roughly chopped white onion
6 garlic cloves
2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained
1 cup lightly packed parsley leaves
1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup all-purpose flour
Canola oil, for sauteing
Pita bread, for serving

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I made a little salad to go with mine, just radishes, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions and a little more fresh coriander. I stuffed salad and falafel into pitta breads (which I forgot to warm), and had a little left over which I left on the side of the plate. I also put houmous and vegan mayo in the pitta, and on the side of the plate for the leftover falafel. Finally, I fried half a slice of pitta bread, which I had ripped into pieces and placed the toasted bits of top of the salad. This was a really big dish which I actually ate in one sitting and it was absolutely amazing, I am definitely never eating takeaway falafel again!

Have a fantastic day

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