“What can I say about these little green balls…. I came in expecting the worst as I am a big fan of meat…lots of it. Although lacking this essential ingredient, these little nuggets of green goodness were quite a welcoming snack when served on a sandwich and I would recommend them for a change to all the other carnivores out there” – The Big J
These falafels make a quick, easy snack served with my home-made hommus and greek yoghurt, or add salad and you have a meal. They are delicious served warm, or like me, you might enjoy them cold too.
I like to make a batch of these at the beginning of the week, pairing them with salads and wraps for our lunch on vegetarian days.
You can either cook them all at once and store in the fridge, or prep the mixture and fry them up when needed. Traditionally, these would be fried in a lot more oil, but I like to use a quick spritz of olive oil spray in my pan.
There are also some added health benefit of eating these falafels. Studies show that eating chickpeas can help manage cholesterol, weight loss and intestinal health while parsley is rich in vitamins including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A.
- 3 spring onions
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- handful fresh mint
- 2 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- pinch sea salt
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tbs psyllium husk or bread crumbs
- Olive oil spray
Using a food processor, process the spring onions, garlic, parsley and mint until finely chopped.
Add the chickpeas and a pinch of sea salt. Continue processing until the mixture resembles a fine crumb. Add the cumin, garam masala, coriander and psyllium husk then process to combine.
Place a large fry pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium high. Form mixture into balls using a soup/desert spoon. Once the frypan is hot, spray lightly with the olive oil spray. In batches, place the falafel balls into the frypan flattening with an egg flip as you go. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side and serve with salad or in a wrap. Hommus and Sweet Chilli Sauce make wonderful accompaniments to falafels.