I know, there’s something about the word falafel that makes you think of a middle class bore. When you can pick up a can of chickpeas for 20p though it is an easy dinner. You can make it more complicated adding more flavours depending on how much money you’ve got – recipes which add spices here and there push up the cost so much, especially when a bottle of spice costs £2.50 on average.
So here I’ve done a basic recipe and then suggested some bits you can add if you’re feeling flush r have a well stocked spice cupboard.
After a break from work I’m feeling the need to eat healthily for a couple of weeks. I don’t think eating vegetarian is hugely cheaper, if you’re still looking for variety in what you eat as meat is largely so cheap and you can freeze it. We had this last night. I feel more virtuous already.
A can of chickpeas
An onion, finely chopped
Two cloves of garlic, crushed or finely sliced
Two tbsp of plain flour (or cornmeal for a slightly richer flavour)
Two tbsp of oil
Parsley (if you have it)
A tsp of a warming spice like cumin or coriander if you have it ( if not just season extensively)
Bread rolls or pitta bread to serve
Tomato salsa or sauce
Grab a big baking bowl and tip in the chickpeas, onion, garlic, seasoning, flour and oil. If you have a food processor mx them together. If you don’t – and I don’t – you need to mash it like potato. It’ll take about ten minutes ( but think of your upper arms, dude). Once they’re mixed divide the mixture into as many burgers as you need. This comfortably makes four. Round and shape the burgers and leave to settle in a bowl.
Heat up a frying pan with a dribble of oil. Add the burgers and just fry for a couple of minutes on either side.
Serve hot in a roll or pitta bread with a layer of green salad. Add salsa or sauce.
If you’re making the basic recipe without any spices then season, season, season. We often put too little salt on our cooking as we don’t know what the right amount is. You want a good pinch. Add pepper and taste to see how you like it. Plain flour is cheaper than cornmeal usually but I think or meal adds more flavour.
If you’re feeling flush add a tsp of cumin and another of coriander. You want a good handful of parsley finely chopped.
This is filling as well as tasty.