January 2017

Homemade Falafels

Falafel day! A perfect, filling accompaniment to a salad, I love falafel! So when seeing Deliciously Ella had a homemade recipe I was very excited to give it a go. As well as this I was also able to use the Apple Purée I spoke about in my last post. 

The recipe is described as being quite similar as Hummus, it just needed to be kept a bit chunkier. I used all of the ingredients bar the turmeric (as I didn’t have any – fail) and used date nectar syrup instead of the honey alternative. Looking back I also forgot to add a sprinkling of brown rice flour to the initial blend and then rather than roll/coat at the end sprinkled a bit of the flour over. As you’ll be able to see this really didn’t look very right – lessons learnt! 

The taste and smell of the falafel once cooked was as Ella mentioned quite similar to hummus though there was quite a bit of bitterness from the lemon came through a bit too much for my taste. It’s definitely something I’d like to try again and now that I’ve invested in some turmeric the taste might change! 

Shopping List

  • Fresh Coriander – 69p – Aldi
  • Garlic Cloves – 22p per bulb – Sainsbury’s 
  • Lemons – already in the fridge 
  • Olive Oil – already at home
  • Date Syrup – £2 – Sainsbury’s 
  • Apple Purée – see previous post
  • Cumin – already in the spice rack
  • Tahini – £1.80 – Sainsbury’s 
  • 2x Cans of Chickpeas – 33p per can – Aldi
  • Pine Nuts – £2.80 – Sainsbury’s 
  • Brown Rice Flour – £1.40 – Sainsbury’s 

The recipe made 12 falafels so that’s very approximately 79p per falafel. 

Note to self: use ALL of the ingredients properly next time! 

Warning: home cooking fail below:

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