Falafel is made from chickpeas or fava beans which are shaped into balls and fried. They are traditionally served with pita bread or flat bread. Chickpeas (also called Garbanzos) are good for you and contain vitamins, minerals, folate and protein. This recipe is ideal for lunch or an evening meal.
(makes about 4 servings)
4 cups cooked chickpeas
1 cup of red onion finely chopped
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley finely chopped
2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro finely chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried coriander
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 tablespoons flour
Vegetable oil for frying
Wholegrain Pita bread
Your choice of salad
1 cup of your favorite sprouts
1 cup full fat plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Prepare the salad and sprouts so they are ready to be put into the Pita bread.
Sprinkle cayenne pepper on top of the yogurt.
Put the chickpeas, onions, parsley, cilantro, hot pepper flakes, garlic, coriander and cumin into a food processor & blend until just combined. Or mash by hand using a potato masher.
Add the baking powder and four tablespoons of the flour, and pulse until blended. Place the mixture in a bowl & refrigerate for a few hours.
Using hands, make the mixture into walnut sized balls.
Heat 2” of oil in and fry the balls for a few minutes per side until light brown. Place on paper towels and keep warm.
Heat a broiler. Place each Pita under cold, running water for a second, so the outside is wet but not saturated. Place the pita under the broiler until the surface is hot and dry. Using tongs, turn the pita over and broil the other side (the Pita may puff up due to the air inside getting hot). Keep pita bread warm, until they are all done.
Cut each Pita in half, add salad, Falafel, sauce and sprouts. This is nice served with crisp coleslaw on the side.