Monday, 1 April 2013

Carrot and Coriander Falafels

Having started my quest to introduce vegetarian food into our diet, last week I attempted falafels. I have never eaten these before, and I don't even know how to say it! But feeling smug after my successful lentil curry I decided to have a go. I used a recipe from "A Girl Called Jack" which I have only just discovered. It is a brilliant blog which is a fascinating mixture of social action and recipes. Until recently Jack only had £10 a week to feed herself and her son, so her blog is full of seriously frugal recipes. These falafels work out at around 23p per portion.

The recipe was easy to follow, although my arms had a good workout with all the mashing of chickpeas. Next time I might just get out the food processor! The mixture didn't quite come together - in retrospect I should have added an egg to bind it. However, the falafels were very tasty and we had clear plates all round.

I am loving experimenting with vegetarian ingredients, and trying out lots of new flavours. I am sure it has to be doing us some good!


  1. Jealous that I never got round to making those - will try harder this week! Glad you made them xx

  2. These sound great.

    My son spent some time in Jordan and they were his favorite food. They sell dry mixes here, but I've been hesitant to try them. I'm going to check out the recipe and see if I can find the ingredients.

  3. Dumb question -- but I don't cook using grams as the measurement and when I do the conversion I'm showing just a tiny touch over 1 1/2 cups of chickpeas. Does that sound about right?

    1. Not a dumb question at all - the recipe needs a standard British tin of chickpeas which has a capacity of slightly over 1 1/2 cups so you are spot on. Of course the tinned variety are pre-soaked and pre-cooked, which makes it easier, if slightly more expensive.

    2. Thanks. I am going to try these as soon as son comes home again. I haven't any tins of chickpeas, but I do have some dried. I'll just go about it the long way.


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