Falafels with flatbreads and salad


Serves 4

For the flatbreads:

200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 100ml warm water
2 tsp olive oil
Pinch of salt

Vegetable oil, for cooking

For the falafels:

1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed and well- drained, patted dry with kitchen paper
1 small red onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed

Handful of fresh parsley
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp harissa paste or chilli powder

1 small egg

4 tbsp plain flour or fresh breadcrumbs

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Suggested toppings:

Red cabbage, shredded Carrot, grated
Lettuce, chopped
Red onion, sliced Tzatziki

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, water, oil and salt and mix until no dry flour remains. Set aside for 15 minutes, then knead lightly to bring it together into a smooth dough.
  2. Divide into 6-10 small balls. (The size of these depends on the pan you will be cooking them on; you may need to test one first. You want each one to be roughly the same size as the pan you use.) Dust the counter with some flour and roll out each portion of dough until quite thin.
  3. Heat a pan over a medium-high heat until very hot and add a small amount of oil. One at a time, cook each piece of dough for 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with a cloth to keep warm until ready to serve. Repeat with the remaining flatbread dough.
  4. For the falafels, place the chickpeas in a food processor along with the onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, harissa paste, egg, flour and half a teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Whizz until fairly smooth, then shape into bite-sized balls with your hands.
  5. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium-high heat and fry the falafels for three minutes per side until lightly golden. Serve with the flatbreads and your favourite salad toppings.

Per serving

368kcals, 11.9g fat (2.2g saturated), 54.7g carbs (1.6g sugars), 10.2g protein, 3.9g fibre, 0.069g sodium