Falafel Pittas.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Sorry I haven't blogged in a couple of days but I've been crazy busy. Luckily today is a bit of a respite from all the madness and I've had time to chill out. I went for a swim, had a super antioxidant berry smoothie on the way home and then painted my nails a new shade of pastel that I picked up from Boots. So yes, today life is good. And I've got an equally good recipe to share with you. Falafel pittas. I'd never had falafel before and the only reference I had to it was this... 

So anyway, I wanted to try and make falafel. I found a brilliant easy to follow recipe from BBC GoodFood that I adapted. You can find the original here.

For Falafel Pittas you will need: 
400g chickpeas
Garlic clove
Handful of flat-leaf parsley
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1⁄2 tsp chilli powder
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp sunflower oil
6 pitta breads
200g tub tomato salsa
Green salad
2 Tomatoes
1/4 cucumber
1 small red onion

Don't be intimidated by the long recipe, this one is cheap and ridiculously easy.
Begin by draining the chickpeas and drying them on a paper towel.

Now, if you have a food processor, good for you. Cooking is probably a complete doddle for you isn't it? If you're like me and the rest of the students and haven't invested in a food processor yet, don't worry, I have come up with a solution. Fine chopping and crushing. Begin with the onion and garlic.

Then carry on to the parsley. Get it fine those who don't own a food processor! If you do own one, simply put all of these ingredients in and whizz up. Maybe I should invest...

Grind the chilli powder, cumin and ground coriander into the parsley.

Now squish up the chickpeas. I started with a potato masher but using your hands gets the thing done much more quickly. And I couldn't resist.

Add in the spicy parsley. 

And the onion and garlic. Mix up together. 

Add in the flour and a little salt. 

Shape into patties. This mixture should produce about six. Squish up until you're happy with the shape. And if you're wondering, squish is a technical term. 

Fry the patties in a hot pan for 3 minutes on each side. 

Toast the pitta bread and prepare the filling. Chop the tomatoes, the cucumber and wash the salad.

 Split the pittas, add the salad, tomato and cucumber. Put a falafel patty in each and cover in salsa.

Enjoy! Such a quick one to make and tastes surprisingly great. 

Falafel is one I'd definitely make again, and with a can of chickpeas for 29p, I might make a bucket load!
Hope the veggie goodness treats you well.
L. xxxxx

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