Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Sun-Dried Tomato & Chilli Falafels

We all love falafels, and the great thing about them is that they are cheap to make, a great source of protein and fairly low in fat (depending on how you cook them). I've been experimenting with different variations and found that these went down very well with all of the family.
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, drained
  • 50g/2oz sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp fresh chilli, chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1-2 slices of wholemeal bread, made into breadcrumbs
Put all of the ingredients, except the breadcrumbs, into a food processor and blend for a minute or so.
Scrape the ingredients down from the sides of the bowl and repeat until you have a fairly smooth mixture.
Add just enough breadcrumbs to form a fairly stiff, but not dry, mixture.
Roll into 10-12 balls and flatten slightly.
Chill in the fridge for around half an hour.

Heat 2 tbsp of the sun-dried tomato oil in a large frying pan, on a medium heat.
Cook the falafels for around 4-5 minutes on each side until lightly browned.

Serve with pittas, salad and your favourite dip or sauce.

Lower-fat alternative: Brush or spray with vegetable oil and bake for 10-15 minutes at 170C/160C Fan/Gas 3/325F, turning once.

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  1. Falafels are one of my favourite meals - your recipe looks delicious with the sun dried toms in, I will have to give these a try. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. What a brilliant idea to add sundried tomatos in there! Thank you!

  3. Ooh... Its like an arabatia falafel!


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