Falafel is a fantastic quick vegan meal that we have regularly. We are not a vegan household by any means but adding meat free meals into the mix is great for health and your food budget.
Falafel A Healthy vegetarian meal for children
- 1 medium onion roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 425g Can chickpeas (or cannelini beans) drained
- Dried spice as preferred (I usually use 1/2 tsp coriander powder and 1/2 tsp cumin powder or seeds)
- 1/2- 1 Cup Fresh herbs (Depends on taste preference, flat leaf parsley, mint, coriander or a combo)
- Salt, Pepper or chilli to taste
- 1-2 Tbsp Flour (Rice flour works well, but any flour will be fine)
- Oil for shallow pan frying
- Take your food processor out of the cupboard, dust it off if need be(you really need one for this recipe to be easy)
- Blitz the onion and garlic until finely minced (this way you get the flavour but kids wont pick it out)
- Add the chickpeas, dried spices, fresh herbs and seasoning. Pulse until well combined and a consistency that you can roll teaspoonfuls into balls.
- If the mixture is too wet, slowly add flour until it is easier to handle
- Take teaspoonfuls and roll into balls, gently flatten these small balls into patties. (This step is a great one for the kids to get in the kitchen)
- Cover the bottom of a heavy based fry pan with around 0.5-1cm of oil (Sounds like a lot, but you get a crispy result which makes them taste good!
- Heat the oil in a fry pan, you want it hot but not too hot. A good tip is to take a wooden spoon, stick the handle into the oil, if it gently sizzles around the handle then you are good to go.
- Cook your small falafel patties until golden, pop on a paper towel to drain and cool before serving
- Pita Pockets
- Salad vege, grated cheese, greek yoghurt, avocado and hummus are delicious fillings