There are so many recipes for falafel both in cookery books and online that it’s difficult to decide which to go for. Personally I’m not keen on the ones that use ready cooked chickpeas, for me the texture is too mushy and wet compared to the traditional recipes that start with dried chickpeas. The only thing with using dried peas is remembering to start soaking them the day before you want them, so a tad of planning ahead is needed, but otherwise they are simple and easy to make.
This makes 4 falafel
75 grams dried chickpeas
1/2 a small onion
1 large clove of garlic
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon of Garam Masala or 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley or coriander
oil for frying
Start the day before you want to eat the falafel by soaking the chickpeas in plenty of cold water. Because it’s so warm here I changed the water every few hours so that it didn’t start to ferment, or you can put the container of peas in the fridge to keep it cool.
Peel and roughly chop the onion and garlic. Put in the bowl of a small food processor and whizz to chop.
Add the drained chickpeas and the rest of the ingredients.
Whizz to chop up. You will have to open the processor and scrape the ingredients from the sides several times to ensure an evenly chopped paste.
What you are aiming for is a slightly rough mixture that will just stick together.
Heat a good layer of oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.
Form your mixture into four even sized rissole shaped cakes and gently put into the hot oil.
Cook for about 10 minutes before carefully turning the cakes. If they are not crisping up on the cooked side turn the heat up slightly, and if they are getting too brown too quickly turn the heat down.
Cook for 10 minutes again on the second side adding more oil if the pan is getting too dry.
Once cooked remove the falafel from the pan and blot any excess oil with kitchen paper.
Serve with salad and a sauce, I had mine with my Chill Jam, Tahini Sauce is good and also Yogurt with cucumber and mint.