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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Vegan Falafels with homemade Tomato Sauce

Vegan, Dairy-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Yeast-free

Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish where Chickpeas & other Pulses are formed into Balls and Fried. Falafel's are usually eaten with crunchy Salads, Pitta bread or in Wraps.
I decided to create this Falafel recipe, using some of the usual Ingredients, but adding in some extra Spice, Protein and goodness! 
I added some Chia Seeds to up the Protein, Omega 3 fatty acids & Fibre content! 
(all of these are very important on a Vegan & Vegetarian Diet!)
I also added in my favourite Vegetable......Spinach! omnomnom
Spinach is great in:
-Zinc
-Omega 3
-Iron
-Vitamin C
-Dietary Fibre
-Protein
-Antioxidants
 These are just a few of the benefits of this SUPER Vegetable! 

This Recipe is quick & simple to make, and is extremily Healthy as the Falafals are shallow Fried as opposed to deep fried.


This Recipe makes around 22, 2inch Falafel's.

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Ingredients-

-2 Medium Red Onions (finely chopped)

-2 Teaspoons of Ground Cumin

-Handul of Spinach leaves (washed)

-5 & 1/2 Tablespoons of Light Olive Oil

-1 Tablespoon of chopped Coriander leaves
 -400g Can of Chickpeas x2 (drained & washed)
-100g of Wholegrain Oats (I used Gluten-free)
-Dash of Seasoning (Salt & Pepper)
-2 Teaspoons of Chia Seeds-1 Red Chilli (deseeded & chopped)
 You can leave in a few seeds for an extra kick! 
(or all if you can tolerate the heat...unlike me)
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Lets get cooking...

Step 1- Heat 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons of Oil in a Large Frying pan or Wok on a low heat.
 Add in the Onions and fry until Golden (this should take a few minutes)
Step 2- Add in the chopped Chilli and fry for a further minute. 
Step 3- Stir in the Cumin and mix together.  Then add in the Chickpeas, Spinach and Coriander.
Mix everything together and now its ready to transfer to a Food Processor/ Blender.
Step 4- Place your warm ingredients into a Food processor/Blender along with 1 Tablespoon of Oil.
Step 5- Whizz up until the ingredients form a mouldable consistency/Paste.Step 6- Once you have your mouldable consistency, place it into a Large Mixing bowl, and add in the Oats, Chia Seeds & seasoning.
Mix until fully combineStep 7- With clean hands, scoop out some of the mixture and form into Balls.
(this is very fun to do!)Step 8- Heat up 2 Tablespoons of Oil in a frying Pan/Wok.
Add in your uncooked Falafel Balls and shallow fry until Golden, making sure you turn them frequently.
This will take around 5 minutes.Now your gorgeous Falafel's are ready to serve along with your delicious homemade Tomato Sauce.
Quick & tasty Tomato Sauce-
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Ingredients-
-1 Carton of Tomato Passatta
-1 Onion (finely chopped)
-1 small Garlic Clove (crushed)
-150ml of Water
-1 Tablespoon of Light Olive Oil
-Preferred Seasoning ( I used 1/2 Teaspoon of A.Vogel Herbamare Spicy)
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Step 1- Place 1 Tablespoon of Oil into a Large frying Pan/Wok, gently heat and then add in the Onions and Garlic.
Fry for about 3-4 minutes.

Step 2- Once the Garlic & Onion are Golden, add in the Passatta along with 150ml of Water.
Mix together and season with your cozen Spice/Seasoning.
Step 3- Bring your Sauce to the Boil and leave to simmer for a few minutes, stirring thoroughly.Now your meal is ready to serve! *yay*
Serve up with your Falafal bites and a slice of juicy,fresh Lemon!!!
Lemon really complements this dish and  helps to bring all of the mouth-watering, summery flavours together!



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Holly Jade 









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2 comments

  1. These sound sooo good! I love falafels so much, they are the best, especially with pitta and hummus :)
    Nicole xxx
    www.gingerkitchen.co.uk

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    1. Thankyou, they taste even better than they look! Falafels are my favourite snack/lunch option! can't get enough of them! :P x

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