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Spicy Falafel

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Introduction

This Middle-Eastern delight is a favourite of mine. It was made for me once by one of my Greek-Sudanese friends who made a Sudanese version of falafel. They were flat rather than round, and packed a spicy punch; I won't eat them any other way now. I've taken a basic falafel recipe and lifted it to the stratosphere with chilli. Chilli can be omitted or reduced for those with a milder palate. Enjoy!

This Middle-Eastern delight is a favourite of mine. It was made for me once by one of my Greek-Sudanese friends who made a Sudanese version of falafel. They were flat rather than round, and packed a spicy punch; I won't eat them any other way now. I've taken a basic falafel recipe and lifted it to the stratosphere with chilli. Chilli can be omitted or reduced for those with a milder palate. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Serves: 8

Metric Cups
  • 1 tin chickpeas (drained well)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 medium cloves garlic (finely chopped/grated)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons mint sauce (or fresh mint - I didn't have any to hand and found this worked well)
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • pepper
  • 25 millilitres vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tin garbanzo beans (drained well)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 medium cloves garlic (finely chopped/grated)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chile flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons mint sauce (or fresh mint - I didn't have any to hand and found this worked well)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • pepper
  • 1 fluid ounce vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)

Method

Spicy Falafel is a community recipe submitted by sethyoung and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Start off by blending onion & garlic. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  • Then, add remaining ingredients (except oil) and blend until desired consistency or until everything is well combined and a fine mix.
  • Taste for spice and seasoning – adjust accordingly. Now, you can make standard falafel (around 8-10) or falafel burgers (4-5). Form into balls, place on baking sheet and press down slightly. Brush with a tiny amount of vegetable oil, and bake for 20-25 mins until hot in middle and crisp.
  • Alternatively, you can fry in a hot pan for about 2 minutes on both side, then finish in a hot oven for 10 minutes.
  • Notes: Serve with fresh salad, hummous or a refreshing mint & yogurt dip or tzatziki; in wraps, pita or on their own.

  • Start off by blending onion & garlic. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  • Then, add remaining ingredients (except oil) and blend until desired consistency or until everything is well combined and a fine mix.
  • Taste for spice and seasoning – adjust accordingly. Now, you can make standard falafel (around 8-10) or falafel burgers (4-5). Form into balls, place on baking sheet and press down slightly. Brush with a tiny amount of vegetable oil, and bake for 20-25 mins until hot in middle and crisp.
  • Alternatively, you can fry in a hot pan for about 2 minutes on both side, then finish in a hot oven for 10 minutes.
  • Notes: Serve with fresh salad, hummous or a refreshing mint & yogurt dip or tzatziki; in wraps, pita or on their own.

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    • Tried them tonight. Used a big fresh red chili as a substitute for the dried. Worked well - and a nice kick!

      Posted by DrtLttlScrt on 8th March 2013
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