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Fakeaway: Clean-Eating Falafels

Falafels are spicy chickpea cakes, traditionally served with pitta breads and salad. In this clean-eating falafel recipe, the chickpea patties are served with wholemeal pitta breads, fresh salad and a drizzle of natural yoghurt. These pitta’s make a surprisingly filling, and super-healthy, dinner.

Falafels are highly nutritious. They are also very filling and provide a sustained source of energy for the body. Chickpeas contain protein and complex carbohydrates. They are an excellent source of fibre and are considered to be well-tolerated by people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and are also beneficial for diabetics.

Method

  1. Preheat the grill to a medium heat setting.
  2. Add the onion, carrot, garlic and seasonings to a food processor and blend until roughly shredded. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the vegetables into a bowl).
  3. Add the drained chickpeas into the food processor with the vegetables and blend again until the chickpeas are broken up but still retain a little bit of texture. (If you are manually making your falafels, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher).
  4. Carefully remove the blade and form the mixture into 8 round patties. Place each falafel on a greased sheet of foil and brush with oil.
  5. Grill for 6-7 minutes on each side.
  6. While the falafels are grilling, toast your pitta breads.
  7. Serve the pitta breads stuffed with salad, add in your falafels and drizzle with natural yoghurt.
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