Falafel – healthy fast food to the rescue
What a day yesterday was! I was interviewed for local radio station Oystermouth Radio about my CoreHealth courses and obviously also about my work here at Proper Nosh. So much fun! The timing of the interview meant that I was super hungry when I got home. And that’s where one of my trusted healthy fast food recipe came to the rescue: falafel.
I always keep a batch of these delicious chickpea balls in the freezer, so I grabbed a handful to leave out to defrost before I dashed out of the house. Which meant I could have lunch pretty much as soon as I got back – crisis averted. With a colourful salad and amazingly creamy hummus this really was a fibre-filled feast. The hummus will feature in one of my next posts but today the falafel are the star of the show.
- 1 can chickpeas in water drained, reserving liquid
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 Spring onions
- 50 g oats
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried coriander
- 0.5 tsp turmeric
- salt to taste
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil for frying
- Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid.
- Add the drained chickpeas together with the garlic, Spring onions, lemon juice and all the spices to a blender and pulse to get a coarse mixture.
- Now stir in the oats and season the mixture with salt.
- Form walnut sized balls and flatten these slightly to make patties.
- Set the patties aside on a plate whilst heating up the oil in a pan to a medium heat.
- When the oil is hot, fry the falafel on each side for a few minutes until golden. This will take about 8-10 minutes in total and allows the falafel to get a nice crisp texture.