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I first cooked this recipe right on the shores of the Dead Sea in Israel. Since then, it has become a bit of a favourite. If you can use a small spring-loaded falafel press to mould them, then all the better. If not, then I use two teaspoons and cook in small batches.
Servings 6
Calories 244 kcal
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time22 mins

Ingredients
 

  • 225 g chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 2 tsp Gluten-Free bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 4 tbsp coriander chopped
  • 4 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • water
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Yogurt Dip

  • 225 g natural thick Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp runny honey

Instructions
 

  • Place the chickpeas into a large bowl and add 1 tsp bicarb, then mix well and leave overnight in the fridge.
  • The next day, rinse the soaked chickpea well under cold water.
  • Place the peas, garlic, seeds, onion, paprika, cumin and herbs into a food processor.
  • Blitz until you have a rough but not too rough texture.
  • Add a little water if needed to get the mix going.
  • Once done, place the mixture into a bowl, add salt, pepper and enough breadcrumbs to bring together, don't go mad here.
  • Chill again.
  • Heat the oil to 185C.
  • Remove the mixture into a bowl, add the final 1tsp baking soda and mix well.
  • Form the mixture into small, flattened balls, and fry until golden brown.
  • I fry 6-8 at once.
  • Drain well and serve quickly, some say within 90 seconds of cooking!!
  • To make the yoghurt dip mix all the ingredients together. Serve chilled.
  • I like the hot and cold combination together.
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Nutrition Facts
Spicy Falafel with Yogurt & Honey Dip
Amount per Serving
Calories
244
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
3
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
615
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
368
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
44
g
15
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
25
g
28
%
Protein
 
12
g
24
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course Christmas, Christmas Recipes, Quick Food, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine Christmas, ITV This Morning
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