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Tinned chickpea falafels

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Forked by davidb on 21 January 2008 (0 descendants)

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This is a quick healthy meal that you can rustle up from larder ingredients. I came across the original recipe on the babyledweaning.co.uk forums, but found they really needed some cornflour as well to hold their shape. If you double up the quantities below there's plenty for two greedy adults and one baby. The baby (10 months) seemed to liked them; she put several handfuls in her mouth. They're easy for her to hold and gum to bits. Hopefully some went down her throat as well!

Oh, this really needs a side dish of some tzatziki, salsa or chutney so they're not too dry.


Makes 2 servings

  • 400g tinned chickpeas, drained (organic in water is best)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup sunflower oil

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Make sure the chickpeas have as little of the tinned juices as possible. Put all the ingredients except the oil into a food processor and blend until smooth. The batter should be firm and not sticky. Flour your hands, and then divide into 12 portions, shaping each into a round patty.

Heat the oil and lightly fry each falafel for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and crisp. Don't overcrowd the pot or the oil will lose its heat.

Uncooked patties can be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered, or frozen.

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Comments (5)

  • Hazel said on 21 Jan 2008:

    Sound good and you're right, all the ingredients are in the cupboard.... excellent stuff! (Damn, except for the chickpeas, I'll have to go out and get)

  • claire said on 21 Jan 2008:

    It does sound good. I wonder if I can persuade my 3 and 1 year old to try it. Will make a change from sausages/chicken/fish fingers! And I'm sure I've got some chickpeas lurking in the cupboard somewhere.

    claire forked this on 21 January 2008
  • ksaynor said on 26 Feb 2008:

    Sounds perfect, I'll use it for Luke (my 10 month old!)

    ksaynor forked this on 26 February 2008
  • Diane said on 09 Jun 2008:

    I love falafel but have never made them myself, this looks really easy. Do they have to be deep fried or do you think they'd be ok baked in the oven?

    Diane forked this on 9 June 2008
  • lukkie_shipwreck (recipe author) said on 19 Jun 2008:

    Hi Diane, I'm not sure how good they'd be baked in the oven. The frying gives them a lovely crunchy crust. Good luck if you try it and let me know how it came out.

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I used tinned chickpeas, but when I started frying the patties they disintegrated into the oil. Adding cornflour to the mix solved that problem.I used tinned chickpeas, but when I started frying the patties they disintegrated into the oil. Adding cornflour to the mix solved that problem.
Fry them in about half a cup of oil (I used a small saucepan)Fry them in about half a cup of oil (I used a small saucepan)
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