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Falafels recipe

4 baked falafel served with salad in a split pitta bread

Prep time
15 mins

Cooking time
25 mins

Medium effort


  • 400g tinned chickpeas in water, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion, peeled
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • Wholemeal breadcrumbs (from 1 slice of bread)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • To serve:
  • 4 large wholemeal pitta breads
  • A few lettuce leaves
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • ¼ cucumber, sliced
  • 4 tbsp zero-fat Greek-style yoghurt
Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis, per serving (1/4 recipe)

  • 1564kJ / 371kcal
  • 16.9g protein
  • 56.5g carbohydrate, of which 7.6g sugars
  • 6.3g fat, of which 0.9g saturates
  • 10.3g fibre
  • 0.4g sodium, equivalent to 0.9g salt


Place the onion and garlic in a food processor and chop finely.

If you don't have a food processor, you can still make this recipe. Use a hand blender, or mash the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher.


Add the chickpeas, breadcrumbs, cumin, coriander, parsley and olive oil, and mix for a bit longer.

Make leftover bread into breadcrumbs and store in the freezer.


Shape into 16 balls and place on a greased or lined baking tray. Chill for 30 minutes.


Place tray into a preheated oven (200C/180C fan/gas mark 6) and bake for about 25 minutes, turning the falafel to prevent sticking.


To assemble, fill each pitta with lettuce, sliced tomatoes and cucumber, falafel and some yoghurt.

Warming the pittas in a toaster or under the grill makes them easier to split and fill. The falafel can also be served warm with couscous and vegetables.