Crunchy Crumb Falafel

These are oven baked, and thus brilliantly healthy - but don't for a moment under-estimate how delicious they are... With more broad beans than usual, these are especially sweet and tasty falafel, with lovely crunchy outsides that match perfectly with some flatbread, salad and tahini. Enjoy in particular with some beetroot and cucumber...


  • 1 Tin Chickpeas (c 400g)
  • Same amount of Broad Beans (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 or 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemon or Lime to serve
  • Breadcrumbs

Tahini Dressing

  • 2 tbsp Tahini (light)
  • 1 Lemon
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Water

To make the Falafel – finely chop and fry half an Onion for 5 – 10 minutes or until soft.  Add 1 or 2 Cloves Garlic and 1 tsp each of Cumin and Coriander powder; also a crunch of Salt & Pepper.  Fry for a few more moments and then remove from the heat

Prepare your Broad Beans… if they are frozen – just blanch in boiling water for 5 mins – if fresh, blanch for 10 mins and then pod if they are bigger than baby beans

Add to a food processor – the other half an Onion, the drained Chickpeas, the Broad Beans, a Clove Garlic, the cooked Onions, a handful of breadcrumbs (from homemade bread!).  Whizz…. taste and season

Using your hands, shape small Falafel patties, roll them in Breadcrumbs, and lay them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.  Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before cooking – an afternoon would be good…

To cook, heat the oven to 220˚c; brush the Falafel with a very little bit of Olive Oil, and bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy on the outside

[To make the Tahini Dressing… in a bowl, mix together 2 tbsp Tahini, a crushed Clove Garlic (or 2!!), the juice of 1 Lemon, a tablespoon of Water, some Salt & Pepper, and a large drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Use more Water if you need to – you’re after a thick dressing.  Taste and season – it may need more Lemon or Oil or Water?!  Always buy the light Tahini, which hasn’t got sesame seed husks in it, they’re not so good…]

Serve the Falafel with the Tahini dressing, some Flatbread and some Salad….

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