Falafel me up!

Ok so another one of my most loved foods is FALAFEL. I have scoured the globe for the best falafel, be it back in London, Berlin, Melbourne, South Africa you name it… so over the time of my falafel obsession I have combined a few recipes I’ve found online and created my own favourite recipe. It’s foolproof, it’s cheap as chips, it’s delicious and I am yet to receive a complaint, no bragging just saying…

What you’ll need….

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • A handful of chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 1 tsp paprika*
  • 1 tsp cumin*
  • 1tsp ground coriander*
  • Some sesame seads (2 handfuls perhaps)
  • One red onion chopped up
  • 4 crushed/chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of harissa or crushed chilli paste
  • 1 courgette chopped into strips
  • 1 packet of cherry tomatoes cut into halves
  • Mixed dry green herbs
  • Some S&P! (salt and pepper for you ejits)
  • A packet of tortilla wraps based on how many you are feeding
  • Houmous!
  • Salad, avocado whatever you want to add as a garnish
  • A blender, 2 baking trays and a whole lotta falafel loving

It’s simple too…

  1. Put your courgette strips and cherry tomato halves into a baking tray, drizzle in oil, s&p and a good shaking of some mixed green herbs (oregano, basil, thyme whatever ya got!) and place into the oven to bake for about 20-25 mins – your vegetables will probs be ready before the falafels, but this gives you a chance to present them in a nice way
  2. Put all your other ingredients (this will be the chickpeas, chopped parsley, dried herbs, onion, garlic, harissa or chilli and flour) and blend it all into a fairly smooth paste in a blender
  3. Shape into balls and place on a greased/oiled up baking tray, squish ’em down a bit as you put them on the tray (sometimes cupcake trays work best)
  4. Drizzle the falafels that are in the tray with oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds, and bake alongside your vegetables for about 30mins (or until brown and a little crunchy on the outside!)
  5. Whilst everything is sizzling away, prepare the rest of what will become your divine falafel wraps. I like to place everything out in a aesthetically pleasing way but whatever you prefer – get your wraps ready (some need 10secs in microwave), your houmous and any other dips you like ready with spoons, chop up your avocado and prepare your salad garnish! **
  6. Once all baked and displayed (I would advise this for the instagram enthusiasts) start building your falafel wraps and ENJOY the sweet taste of chickpea and vegetable goodness

*In Aus dukkah and chipotle work just as well as the herbs I have described!

** If you want to be extra special you can serve it with grilled halloumi which I would GREATLY reccomend because in my eyes is there any better combo than falaf and halloumz?

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