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Spicy Falafel

Spicy falafel is a delicious and healthy alternative to the traditional falafel flavours. Made with chickpeas, spices, and a kick of heat, these crispy balls are perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Serve them in a pitta or flatbread with hummus and salad for a satisfying meal that’s packed with flavour.

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spicy falafel recipe northern ireland food blogger

Ingredients

Falafel Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 red onion, loosely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 green chilli
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp gram flour
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • bunch of parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper, a pinch

Serve with:

  • flatbreads or pitta breads
  • hummus
  • garlic yoghurt
  • tomato salad
  • red onion, sliced
  • pickles
  • coriander, chopped

Instructions

  1. To make these spicy falafel, start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Next, gather all of your falafel ingredients and add them to a food processor. Pulse the mixture until it is fairly smooth.
  3. Once the mixture is ready, use your hands to shape it into golf ball-sized falafel balls, making sure they are all roughly the same size.
  4. In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the oil and add the falafel balls. Fry them for 2 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are golden brown. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do this in a few batches.
  5. Once the falafel balls are golden brown, transfer them to an ovenproof tray and bake them in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Serve the falafel in flatbreads or pitta breads with hummus, tomato salad, garlic yoghurt, red onion, and pickles. Enjoy!
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Substitutions and serving ideas

Substitutions:

  • Chickpeas: You can use other legumes like fava beans or even lentils instead of chickpeas.
  • Spices: If you don’t have cumin or cayenne pepper, you can use other spices like coriander or smoked paprika instead.
  • Flour: If you don’t have gram flour, you can use plain flour instead.
  • Oil: You can use any high-heat oil like rapeseed oil instead of vegetable oil.

Ways to serve:

  • Pitta sandwich: Serve the spicy falafel in a warm pitta bread with fresh salad veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a drizzle of tahini sauce or hummus.
  • Salad: Add the spicy falafel on top of a fresh green salad with a lemon tahini dressing.
  • Mezze platter: Serve the spicy falafel on a platter with hummus, baba ganoush, tzatziki, olives, and pitta bread.
  • Wrap: Serve the spicy falafel in a wrap with sliced avocado, shredded carrots, and a dollop of harissa sauce.
  • Buddha bowl: Add the spicy falafel on top of a bowl of brown rice, roasted vegetables, and a tahini yoghurt sauce.
spicy falafel recipe northern ireland food blogger

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Spicy Falafel

Spicy falafel is a delicious and healthy alternative to the traditional falafel flavours. Made with chickpeas, spices, and a kick of heat, these crispy balls are perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Serve them in a pitta or flatbread with hummus and salad for a satisfying meal that's packed with flavour. 
Course Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine middle eastern
Keyword sandwiches, vegan, vegetarian, wraps
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 196kcal

Ingredients

Falafel Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • 1 red onion loosely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 green chilli
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp gram flour
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • bunch of parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper a pinch

Serve with

  • flatbreads or pitta breads
  • hummus
  • garlic yoghurt
  • tomato salad
  • red onion sliced
  • pickles
  • coriander chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. 
  • Next, gather all of your ingredients and add them to a food processor. Pulse the mixture until it is fairly smooth.
  • Once the mixture is ready, use your hands to shape it into golf ball-sized falafel balls, making sure they are all roughly the same size.
  • In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the oil and add the falafel balls. Fry them for 2 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are golden brown. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do this in a few batches.
  • Once the falafel balls are golden brown, transfer them to an ovenproof tray and bake them in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Serve the falafel in flatbreads or pitta breads with hummus, tomato salad, garlic yoghurt, red onion, and pickles.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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