A traditional Middle Eastern dish, falafel are made from ground chickpeas and deep-fried to give them a satisfying, crunchy coating. Learn how to make falafel at home with this easy step-by-step guide and get prepped for shopping with the ingredients list at the bottom.
Open 2 x 400g tins of chickpeas and drain, reserving 2 tbsp of the brine. Put half the chickpeas into a food processor and whizz for 30 seconds, then 1 tbsp of the reserved liquid, 2 finely chopped spring onions, 4 crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, a pinch of allspice, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 4 tbsp flour and a large bunch each of fresh parsley and coriander.
Whizz again until smooth and well combined, then add the remaining chickpeas and whizz very briefly – you want the second addition of chickpeas to stay coarse in the mixture. If the mixture seems a little dry, add more of the reserved liquid until you achieve the desired consistency.
Spoon the mixture into a bowl and chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
Meanwhile, make the herby houmous. Add 1 x 400g tin drained chickpeas, 3 tsp tahini and a couple of teaspoons of cold water to the food processor and blitz for 2-3 minutes, until smooth. Add in the 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 tsp salt, 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, and a large pinch of paprika. Blitz again until the houmous is very smooth, adding more water if the mixture is too thick. Add a small bunch of chopped fresh parsley or coriander and blitz until well-distributed. Spoon into a bowl and chill until required.
Shape the falafel mixture into ping pong-sized balls (you should be able to make 14-16), then flatten slightly into patties about 5cm (2in) wide. Use 50g (2oz) flour to coat the patties.
In a large frying pan, heat 4cm sunflower oil. Fry the falafels in batches for 3-4 minutes each side or until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and leave to cool slightly.
Once cooled slightly, serve the falafel with the herby houmous.
Ready to give these delicious falafel a go at home? Here's your handy shopping list for all the ingredients you need, just jot down or take a screenshot before you head to the shops.
For the falafel2 x 400g tins chickpeas2 spring onions, finely chopped4 garlic cloves, crushed1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp ground corianderpinch of allspice1 tsp salt½ tsp baking powder4 tbsp plain flour, plus 50g extra for coatinglarge bunch fresh parsleylarge bunch fresh coriandersunflower oil, for frying
For the herby houmous dip1 x 400g tin chickpeas3 tsp tahini1 garlic clove, crushed1 tsp salt3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil½ lemon, juicedlarge pinch paprikasmall bunch fresh parsley or coriander, chopped
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