Chickpea fritters (falafel)

  • for 6 people
  • Takes 1 hour to make, plus soaking overnight
  • Easy
Chickpeas are the key ingredients in this fantastically savoury fritter recipe - it's a taste of the Mediterranean at home.

Nutritional info per serving

Per serving (based on 4): 809kcals, 28.3g fat (3.6 saturated), 29.2g protein, 116.8g carbs, 12.7g sugar, 4.8g salt

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3 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste, from major supermarkets)
Juice of 1 lemon
200g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
1 level tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves
1 onion, finely diced
Bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped, plus extra to garnish
Vegetable oil, for frying
8-12 pitta breads, warmed and split, to serve

(sh)For the pickle salad
2 small carrots, grated
1/2 small red cabbage, finely sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
3 pickled chillies, roughly sliced
3 gherkins, roughly sliced


1. Make the pickle salad. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
2. Make the dressing. Combine the tahini, half the lemon juice and 50ml water in a bowl. Whisk until smooth, adding a dash of water if it’s too thick. Season and set aside.
3. Drain the chickpeas well, then blitz in a food processor to fine crumbs. Add the remaining lemon juice, baking powder, salt, garlic, onion and coriander and blitz again to a pale green purée. Using your hands, shape into 24 small patties.
4. Half-fill a large, deep heavy-based saucepan with vegetable oil. Heat until a bread cube turns golden in 1 minute. Fry the fritters, in batches, for 3 minutes, turning once, until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
5. Divide the fritters and salad between the pittas and drizzle with the dressing to serve.

  • Wine note: This can take a rich white, so try a Chilean Chardonnay.

From November 2006

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