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Carrot & Coriander Falafels, 23p.

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Carrot and coriander falafels, 91p. Makes 12ish falafels, serves 4 at 23p each.

Ingredients:*

3tbsp vegetable oil, 6p (£4.50/3l)
1 onion, 5p (£1/20pc veg bag)
400g can of chickpeas, 69p
shake of cumin, 4p (95p/46g)
1 carrot, 5p (£1/20pc veg bag)
parsley, free -window sill
coriander, free – window sill
Tbsp flour for dusting your hands, 2p worth? (65p/1.5kg)

How To:

1. Peel and finely chop the onion, and grate the carrot. (I grate the onion too so it’s finer, but it’s a pain to do!) Fry together in a tablespoon of oil over a low heat for a few minutes until softened.

2. Tip into a large mixing bowl with the chickpeas, and add the chopped parsley and coriander, and a shake of cumin.

3. Mash it all together with a potato masher (or a fork) until the chickpeas have broken down into a mush. The oil from the carrots and onion will help combine the chickpeas together, but you may need to add a tiny bit more.

5. Flour your hands, and mould into golf ball shapes. Heat a little more oil in the sauté pan and fry until golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside.

Serve with couscous made up with vegetable or chicken stock, lemon juice and coriander, and with green beans or other green vegetable of your choice.

Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe. Email: jack.monroe@nqe.com

*(Prices calculated at Sainsburys, using the Basics range where available. Costs checked on date of publication against ASDA SmartPrice, Tesco Value, Morrisons Value and Waitrose Essentials. Some variation between major supermarkets but most items widely available at similar price.)

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  1. Great recipe but have you thought of buying dried chick peas and soaking them? Much cheaper and taste even better. Also if your JS has an ethnic aisle, they have tinned chick peas (Pride brand) there for 35p.

  2. If you can afford and if you have the room, buy some of those fancy living lettuce, plant them into pots or your garden and grow them. You then have an abundance and variety of lettuce to last you through the summer!

  3. Thanks – I love felafels but have never made my own; I am a competent cook but 6 kids, no time etc, and it always looked like so much faff! This looks do-able! Is grating the onion to improve the texture? Would whizz ing it in a blender defeat the object? How about a mandoline grater? Thanks!

    • I haven’t tried doing it in a blender because I suspect my £9.97 Tesco Value one isn’t up to the task, but if you do I’d imagine you’d need the egg to bind it back together and maybe a tablespoon of flour? I grate the onions for texture but theyd be fine if you finely chop them and fry them until soft. Hope this helps!

      Ps I kept mine in the fridge for 3 days, snacked on them cold and had them for lunch in a pitta with some hummus and lettuce!

      • I blitzed in the blender bit didn’t think about putting an egg in so they didn’t stick together very well, but tasted great none the less. Will certainly attempt again – thanks, Jack!

  4. I made the falafels last night. I’ve been a big fan of them ever since I visited Israel a few years ago. I didn’t have coriander so it was just chick peas and carrots but they were yummy. Next time ill need to add a little extra oil to bind them though. Had them in tortilla wraps with salad, homous and hard boiled egg. Was really yummy. Thanks for the recipe. You should collect all your recipes together and make your own cookbook before someone plagiarises you.

  5. Just made these tonight! Very tasty but I found they came apart quite easily…maybe I didn’t mush/combine/squeeze well enough? Would you recommend adding an egg to help them keep their shape? Will definitely make again!

  6. I made these last night, they were great! I agree that they come apart too easily. I wonder too if an egg would assist. I might try it.

  7. Wow, I’ve finally found an easy, tasty recipe I can feed my coeliac, egg allergic friend. Just dusted my hands with cornflour instead of wheat flour. Thanks Jack!

  8. Just tried them. Did not grate all that fine for a rustic texture. Used powdered cumin and coriander. I had no flour or egg so they tended to fall apart a bit. No matter. I left them to crisp with a cover on the pan.

    Very good! Much nicer than the shop bought ones. Thank u.

  9. Hi – heard you on Radio 5 a short while ago, so checked out the blog. Really want to have a go at these falafels.
    I wondered if you’d come across this tip : grow your own pea shoots,delicious in a salad, but pricey in supermarkets. You sow the seeds really densely in trays or pots on windowsills, not bothering to sow thinly as you’re not growing the plants for peas, but just so they’re high enough to pick & eat. The real money saver is not buying seed packets but a box/bag of dried peas. I bought a box of 250g dried peas from Sainsburys, and it contains hundreds! Only 49p. You sow a tray of peas, & when they’d grown a few inches you start off another batch, so you have continual salad leaves all summer.
    Good luck with the book deal – I’ll happily buy it, especially as it looks like you’ll featured lots of veggie recipes for us non-carnivores.

  10. Morning Jack,
    Made these earlier in the week for last night’s dinner – how tempting to polish them off when just freshly made. I served them with the sauce described in your Gigantes Plaki recipe, adding some mushrooms to use them up, and a wee bit rice with frozen mixed veg to use it up (and free up some freezer space for the bargains/reduced goods I am ever hopeful of spying in Asda). Wow Wow Wow what a terrific recipe. I will definitely be making again, and again, and again some more. My mind is reeling thinking of the lunchtime sandwich-y possibilities of this one. The mango chutney is on standby :).
    Thanks again!! x

      • Thanks Jack for that suggestion!! I left chickpeas soaking this morning to make more of these (amongst other things), in preparation for tomorrow morning’s Asda shop. They always always always have some form of hummus reduced – please don’t let me down this week Asda!.
        I’m making your chocolate bread tonight too, can’t wait – an extra reason to wish Friday to be over and get home to begin the weekend x

  11. Thank you for this recipe. I’ve been having these in a pitta with salad for lunch over a few days. Will prob up the carrot in my next batch and I might have been a bit stingy with the herbs. Enjoyed them thoroughly though.

  12. Love this recipe! I cooked them a few days ago, had some for lunch, and then left the rest to cool. The trouble as I kept ‘testing’ them every time I walked past the plate, so in the end I had to put the plate in the freezer complete with the falafels, or there would have been none left. Had the rest this evening with some home-made flatbread and couscous.

  13. Just wanted to say I love this recipe. I’ve always liked the idea of felafel, but often when I try them, they end up quite dry and hard. This recipe was easy and the felafels were so moist and delicious! I think they’d also be a good way to get fussy eaters to eat more veg. I know they were devised on a budget, but they taste really expensive :)

  14. A great recipe, it worked really well, thank you. Lovely to find quick & tasty teenage friendly veggie ideas.

    Heard about you on Radio 4′s food programme. I am looking forward to your book.

  15. I finally got around to trying these today. I think I’ll use a bit more flour next time to try and shape them a bit better as they fell apart a bit, but they are still soooooo tasty that half of them have already disappeared… so much for saving them for lunches!!! :)

  16. I’ve never made these before, so roughly how much of the herbs should I use? Also, would dried be ok instead of fresh please?

  17. Heard you making these on Radio 4 and decided to try them for lunch. Having been vegan for 21 years and tried countless falafel recipes, well done for creating brilliantly tasty ones that didn’t disintegrate in the pan! The secret is in compacting them in your hands well enough to make eggs unnecessary. Needless to say, too tasty to provide any leftovers for today….. ;-)

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