Monday, 18 February 2013


Home made falafel with garlic mayonnaise 

Finding healthy easy to make vegetarian recipes has been something of a mission for the last 2 years. Since Teen V became a vegetarian it has been a challenge to get her to be aware of what she eats and, how she can prepare tasty food for herself. rather than just boiling a pot of pasta.

There is so much lovely fast food around now. Every market, high street and public space seems to have a really good range of tasty food, better than anything that was around when I was a teenager.

From slices of vegetable tarts and pies, spicy wedges, halumi burgers, falafel....

Savoury tarts

Savoury strudel

With this week being the half term holiday here in England, finding healthy easy recipes that the Teens can make themselves, has been important for me.

  Falafel is always a winner in our house. Inspired by the amazing falafel at Chez Hanna, in the Marais in Paris, I have been trying out different recipes for the past few years.

Chez Hanna,Paris

Falafel from chez hanna

Fast food on the go in Paris

Today we needed something quick and healthy to go with our salad for lunch. This falafel recipe is so simple and quick it is perfect for a last minute snack or lunch. You can add different spices to it to suit your taste. This is a plain simple tasty recipe, but also works well with a pinch of cumin in as well. I haven’t added it as the Teens here like it as it is.

 So here is my easy vegetarian falafel recipe that takes under 10 minutes to make and is delicious.

It works well in pitta bread or with just a range of salads, we had a mixed green salad with avocado and a quinoa salad (see post 4 March 2012
 filling, healthy and nutritious and can be made in minutes.

Chick pea falafel

Serves 4
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 3-5 minutes

1 400g tin of chick peas
  2 large spring onions or 4 small ones
1 egg
1 clove of garlic
½ tsp turmeric
1tbsp fresh coriander chopped
A generous glug of Oil for frying


1.     Rinse the chick peas and put in a blender along with the spring onions and blitz until smooth.
2.     Add the egg, turmeric, garlic and turmeric and continue to blend until a smooth paste like mixture.
3.     Using a spoon shape the mixture into small balls. You should manage to make between 12-16 balls.
4.     Heat the oil in a frying pan when hot start to fry to balls until golden.

Lots of recipes suggest deep fat frying the falafel but I don’t have a deep fat fryer and don’t like them so they take a few minutes more to fry in the pan but still taste great.

Garlic mayo and chick pea falafel

We served this with a garlic mayonnaise. This was made using 2 tbsp of shop bought mayonaise and 2 cloves of garlic crushed.

If you like falafel check out my the post last February 2012 for sweet potato falafel and beetroot humus

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