The highlight of my working Wednesday is a trip to Go Falafel near Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester – not only because Wednesdays are a bit rubbish, but also because the falafel wraps there are just that good. The secret to their success is little chunks of roast potatoes put in the wrap along with the salad. Perhaps roasties and falafels are an established pair, but it’s news to me, and extremely good news at that. Despite having to nip out in the cold and dark (and, let’s face it, rain – this is Manchester, after all) to make the falafel run, it’s totally worth it and really fuels me up for my evening class. Every week I want to get the large wrap but, fearful of looking like a glutton when everyone else in there is ordering mediums, I scale it down accordingly.
But at least when I eat falafel at home I don’t need to worry about being judged by the staff or my fellow customers, and it’s just as well because I could certainly eat plenty of these in one sitting. These are quick and easy to make, and both tasty and healthy. I may have to serve them with roasties next time as well – it’s the way forward.
Makes 16 small, from Appetite for Reduction
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small onion, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp hot sauce
handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
4 tbsp chickpea flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Blitz the chickpeas and garlic in a food processor.
2. Add the onion, oil, hot sauce and parsley and whiz it again.
3. Tip into a bowl, add the flour, baking powder and spices and mix together until it binds together quite well (you may need to add a bit more flour).
4. Roll handfuls of the mixture into balls, then flatten them slightly into patties.
5. Spray a baking tray with cooking oil, carefully transfer the falafel onto it and cook them for 10 minutes.
6. Spray the falafel with more oil, flip them over and cook for a further 8 minutes. Serve warm or at room temp, with pita, hummus, salad, whatever you like.