Chickpea & Red Pepper Falafel

These homemade Falafel are honestly like little gems of chickpea and red pepper heaven. Made with such simple ingredients and flavours, they can't fail to taste really good, and they're even healthier for you than they are tasty. The street food revolution may be sweeping our town and city streets, but you can definitely re-create a little piece of street food atmosphere at home with these Falafel and some good wholegrain flatbread.


  • 1 large tin and 1 small tin Chickpeas
  • 1 large Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • Fresh Red Chilli
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground Coriander
  • Garlic
  • Parsley & fresh Coriander
  • Salt & Pepper

Chop half an Onion and the Red Pepper

Gently fry the chopped Onion and Red Pepper in some Olive Oil for 5 – 10 minutes or until soft and sweet… Add half a teaspoon of ground Cumin, one and a half teaspoons of ground Coriander and a crushed clove of Garlic (or two) and continue to fry for a few minutes.  Take off the heat and add to a large bowl

While the Onions are cooking, in a food processor, whizz up the remaining half an Onion, one or two more cloves Garlic and the drained Chick Peas

Add the whizzed Chickpea mixture to the same bowl as the cooked Onions and Peppers and mix up together with some seasoning (Salt & Pepper) and some chopped fresh Coriander and Parsley (or Mint would work).  Chopped fresh Red Chilli is a good addition at this stage if you like them spicy

Make Falafel shaped balls (or you could make Falafel Burger Style Patties…)

Place them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper

Cook at 190˚c for 20 – 30 minutes or until slightly browned and a little crunchy on the outside

Enjoy with Flatbread… Or some Beetroot Salad… Or some Plain Basmati Rice…  A squeeze of Lime or Lemon never goes amiss either

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