Falafel – Gluten Free

Had you been wondering if I did any cooking anymore? Well I have to admit, I’ve been a bit slack, I do still cook, I just been sticking to staples and not really bothering to take pictures and remember recipes.  But here we have a simple little falafel recipe, perfect for summer days as part of a mezze or stuffed in a pitta.

falafel

So for the recipe…

Ingredients (makes 10 small falafel):

  • 1 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tablespoons of gram or gluten free flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of ground cumin
  • a handful of mint
  • salt
  • oil for frying

Method:

First soften the onions and garlic, I do this in a microwave because I find it easy but gently frying in a pan has the same results, you just want them soft and translucent.

Then add all the ingredients bar the flour to a food processor.  Blitz, you may need to scrape down any stray chickpeas or you might want to keep it chunky.  Then depending on the wetness of the mixture I add two to three tablespoons of flour, now my plan was to have chickpea flour (gram/besan) but  mine was out of date so I substituted gf plain flour, if you’re not coeliac then plain regular flour would work too.   You want a thick but not too wet mixture that you can easily manipulate, see picture for clarity there, it’s awful hard to describe!

Once you’ve got the right consistency, scoop out walnut size blobs if you want to emulate mine, but frankly any old size will work, you could make big fat burgers or round footballs or cut them into star shapes should you desire but flat patties was what I was after.

Then chill the patties for a while (time constraints permitting, I’m sure they would be fine fried straight away should you need to).

Shallow fry for about 3/4 minutes each side on a medium heat.  Then serve hot stuffed into a pitta with chilli sauce and yoghurt.

falafel stages

You can freeze these and heat up in the oven at a later date should you need to, I made too many for me and my little dinner guest so I’ve stashed the remainder away for a mid-week dinner.

Ok, so that was the first recipe for a while.  It felt good, what do you think?

 

Dear Sunshine….

….please come out again! It’s halfway through June already and I have only been able to wear my long floaty maxi dress once, and as for ice lollies I’ve barely had one.

This is a post that is leading up to a wonderful recipe for Kulfi lollies I hope to post later.  However it got me thinking about lolly moulds.  Look at these lovely ones I found:

Umbrella Lolly Moulds from John Lewis - perhaps the most appropriate for the typical British weather we are experiencing at the moment!

Twistix Lolly Moulds

Twistix Lolly Moulds from Lakeland - these remind me of those lipstick style candy sweets I use to buy as a child, what were they called?

Ice Lolly Moulds

Ice Lolly Moulds from Lakeland - just like Calypso's remember them?

Tovolo 80-8001B Blue Rocket Pop Moulds

Rocket Lolly Moulds by Tovolo, sold at Amazon - ooh rocket lollies, I used to love these, now I can make my own!

What are your favourite lollies?