DSCN0450I was sitting beside a Lebanese guy at a wedding this weekend and he could not help raving about the wonderful food from his country and the Mediterranean area in general. Since then I have not stopped thinking about great Mediterranean dishes. Don’t forget: eating a Meditarrenean diet apparently makes you live longer…

So this afternoon my daughter and I got busy and made up a dinner’s worth of felafel, which we had not eaten for the longest time.

Felafel are perfect for kids, easy to eat and perfect to accompany lots of different salads. They are very simple and a huge amount of fun to make. (I told my daughter that we were going to be making little round balls out of a sticky play dough-type substance and she was completely enthused by this.)

Above all, felafel tastes absolutely delicious and gets devoured at high speed here at our place…

Here’s the recipe:


400 g can of chickpeas (you can also soak chickpeas overnight and then cook them; I can never be bothered)

-2 tablespoons of gram flour (chickpea flour), alternatively normal flour will do
-1 good handful of parsley
-1 teaspoon of dried cumin powder
-1 teaspoon of dried coriander powder

Drain the chickpeas well; you want them to be as dry as possible. Add all the ingredients together and mash. I usually do it in our food processor. The mixture should be quite sticky but firm enough that you can form little balls out of it. If you have a feeling it is too wet, simply add a bit of flour to it.

Form balls out of the mixture and fry them in about ½ cm of oil until they are golden brown.

I usually serve Felafel with hummus to dip them in, a tomato/cucumber salad and wedges of pitta bread.

You can download the recipe for Felafel here.


– Emilie


Comments (5)

February 16, 2010

yum i love felafel! saving this recipe to come back to later!

February 16, 2010

Love falafel – thank you reminding me about this!

February 16, 2010

Yum! Never thought of making my own falafels. but it sounds so easy!!

February 16, 2010

Never thought about making my own falafel. I guess I thought it would maybe take too much work…but surprisingly looks very simple. Will have to give it a try this week. Yum!

February 16, 2010

we’re trying to initiate meat-free mondays at home and felafel is always one of my top choices! it’s yummy, relatively healthy and a great vegetarian alternative.

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