You Will Never Want to Buy a Falafel Again

I actually made two falafel recipes last weekend because they were so easy and straightforward. This is the second one. It is much more like how you would expect a falafel to be – round, with chickpeas and a subtle hint of spice and herbs.

By this point I had pretty much thrown the recipe book out the window. I was getting cocky and for once it paid off. These. Are. Awesome.

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MDM’s Chickpea and Cannellini Bean Falafel

  • 300g tin cannellini beans (drained gives 175g)
  • 400g tin chickpeas (drained gives 240g)
  • 3 large tbsp porridge oats
  • 3 crisprolls (toasted wholemeal bread is probably fine)
  • 2 small/1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Fresh herbs as shown in the photo above – three fennel fronds, sage, thyme and a wee bit of parsley and coriander too
  • 1 tbsp homemade lemon-infused olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Blitz all ingredients in a food processor. This is drier than my last recipe and I had to scrape the sides down a few times. It won’t turn out as smooth.
  2. Refrigerate mixture for an hour or so. Or don’t if you want them asap!
  3. Form mixture into small balls. This makes around 20 falafel.
  4. Fry in a large frying pan or wok on medium heat, turning gently regularly for around 20-25 minutes.
  5. Eat straight away or freeze for heating up in the oven.

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  1. I’ve been using the falafel burger recipe on BBC Good Food up to now which is really quick and easy to make but think I’ll give this one a try for a change!


  2. Just catching up 🙂 Really interesting because I have a low carb option (without the breadcrumbs), but although they taste fine, they don’t hold shape. Have tried adding egg (no use for vegans) to bind, but that doesn’t really work that well either.


    1. 😉 I need to make some more as I have loads of herbs growing away! I guess you need something semi-absorbent which sort of sticks everything together. I’m trying to think of something low carb that would be able do that…

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