Falafel lunch

This weekend I have gone home to Sussex to recoup and get my last bits and pieces together before Sri Lanka. It’s just me and Mum at home so we decided to make Jamie Oliver’s falafels, with homemade houmous. Instead of tortillas we chose to wrap ours in a lettuce leaf.

All you need to make the falafels is:

  • half a tin of chickpeas
  • half a tin of mixed beans
  • 1 tablespoon of harissa
  • 1 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • bunch of coriander
  • lemon zest
  • salt and pepper

Bung all the ingredients into a mixer and pulse until the desired consistency. If it’s looking too dry, add in some of the chickpea water or if it’s too wet add in a bit more flour. We blitzed ours until it was very smooth and you might like it a bit more chunky, but really it’s down to preference.


Using wet hands, shape into patties and fry in a drizzle of olive oil for about 5 mins on each side on a low heat, until a nice crust forms.

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Meanwhile, make your houmous with the following ingredients:

  • the other half of your chickpea tin
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • roughly 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Using the mixer from your falafel add in all the ingredients bar the olive oil and blitz until fairly smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil until you have a lovely smooth houmous.

To accompany this we tipped some cottage cheese into a bowl and topped with a good splurge of choulas hot sauce and we  put some fresh coriander on the table because we are that way inclined. We thought that tomatoes or a salsa would be a great addition too.


Then all you have to do is wrap up the ingredients in a romaine lettuce leaf. Messy but numma. Cheers Jamie – you never let me down.

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