Easter Weekend is Fast Approaching

  03 Apr '20   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Fancy cooking up something a little different with the kids? Fast-Food Falafel go down a storm! (from Mary Contini and Prue Irvine’s Easy Peasy:Real Cooking for Kids)Its amazing what you can whip up with an onion, a tin of chickpeas, garlic and some dried chilli flakes…


Long before burgers, chips and pizza, we had falafel. Yeah, it’s true! Falafels are a street food from the Middle East. They taste great and are pretty good for you too, bursting with fibre and proteins. They’re also a great vegetarian option.

READY . . .

  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • a large handful of flat leaf parsley
  • a small pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • teaspoon of cumin
  • sea salt
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • a chopping board & sharp knife
  • a colander
  • a food processor
  • a medium-sized bowl
  • a large, deep frying pan
  • kitchen paper

STEADY . . .

  • Get all your ingredients ready.
  • Drain the chickpeas in the colander and rinse with cold water.
  • Peel the onion and slice it thickly.
  • Peel the garlic.


1. Put all the ingredients – except the oil – into the food processor and whizz until it’s still a bit lumpy but holds together when you squeeze a ball of it in your hands.

2. Tip it into the bowl and roll small balls of mixture in your hands. Put them onto the chopping board and flatten them slightly so they’re patties rather than balls.

3. Cover the base of the frying pan with vegetable oil (about 2cm deep) and heat. Drop a tiny bit of the mixture into the oil – when it sizzles, it’s ready!

4. Very carefully, place the patties into the hot oil using a spatula or kitchen spoon. Fry them until they’re lovely and brown, 3–5 minutes.

5. Drain them on kitchen paper and serve hot or cold.

And for anyone looking for an Easter treat, Valvona & Crolla is still offering online ordering. Visit them now online.

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