Falafel

Falafel and Pitta
Lebanese Falafel in Pitta

The mighty Falafel!

If you have never tried Falafel before, what the hell have you been doing with your life!?! These are deep-fried balls of chickpeas, coriander, chili and garlic and they are incredible served with cool Garlic and fiery chili sauces. Falafel are traditionally served on their own with a simple salad and some dips, but I’ve decided to stuff them into pittas!!

Makes 9 Falafels serving 2

400 grams (tinned) chickpeas, drained

1 bunch of fresh coriander

2-3 cloves garlic

1 medium red onion

1 tbs cumin powder

1 egg yolk

1 green chili (seeds in or out is up to up you!)

Kick things off by making the falafel mix – simply sling the coriander, chickpeas, garlic, onion, cumin, chili and egg into a blitzer and wazz to a paste. The mix should be pretty dry so make sure you have drained the chickpeas really well, mush them with a fork if you have to to get all excess liquid out.

Next form the mix into the size and shape of gold balls and set to one side.

Get a wok or a deep fat fryer on and crank up to 170c – then drop in the falafels in batches of 3. They will only take around 2-3 minutes to cook to the perfect ‘crisp exterior and fluffy interior’ – keep and ey eon these don’t let them cook over but you do want a deep crisp and golden brown colour.

Drain the falafels then stuff them into pre-loaded pittas filled with crisp lettuce, sliced onion and shredded red cabbage. Drizzle over a good garlic sauce and some fiery chili sauce.

Job done – make sure you have a really cold beer for these beauties.

Falafel in pitta
Get stuck in!

 

 

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