Monday, 14 March 2011

Homemade Falafel and Flatbread...

Learning to make falafel is one of my new years resolutions, and today, with the house to myself and a left over half-tin of chickpeas I decided to make it happen.

I used this recipe, mainly because it was one of the simplest.  I only had dried parsley and coriander leaves, I think fresh would have been soo much better.  I also would have liked to have added wholemeal flour instead of white for extra healthiness. I found the first batch of these I made had a funny, watery texture (I don't know if this is because they were missing the fresh herbs) so I added half a slice of brown bread crumbs to the second batch (I halved the recipe and it made about 9 falafels) which seems to have helped a little.  I have a bit more tweaking to do before I have perfect falafels!  Do you have an excellent falafel recipe?  I want to hear it!

I also made a homemade flat bread, which is another first for me!  This is ridiculously easy, 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 of water, mix together then bring into a ball with your hands, roll out into a circlish shape and put in a dry, hot frying pan for about a minute on each side.  You can tell when it's cooked  by trying a little bit off the edge, it should be white and quite dense looking, not squidgy and a bit transparent.  I added sesame seeds to mine because they're super good for you and full of calcium and iron.


  1. Ah, a wonderful recipe for a delightful Monday lunch.
    Thank you!

  2. They look lovely! I use breadcrumbs in mine & spring onions are good too, but I have a recipe I keep meaning to try that suggests using just soaked chickpeas - not cooked. More like a houmous recipe, without breadcrumbs too. Will make them soon & let you know how it works out...

    Kay :)

  3. Oooh yum... looks super delicious! I know of a few raw food recipes too... using sprouted chickpeas... will have to try it and let you know as well! ;-)

  4. Thanks Rosaria - it was quite yummy :)

    Kay, I shall await news of your soaky chickpea falafel...sounds interesting!

    Carolyn, I want to hear about your raw falafel too!

  5. These look SOO YUMMY!! YUM!! :)

    I'm kinda going gluten-free again (kinda fights away the brain fog) I wonder if something like this could be done gluten-free too, hmm?

  6. Thanks layla - I'm sure you could do this gluten free too, if you get get gluten free flour (rice flour or something!) or something (I don't really know about gluten free eating!) let us know if you try it! x


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