Falafel is a Middle Eastern street food which is remarkably easy to prepare. Serve with Baba Ganush, fresh salad and there you have it: lunch for the family, snack for yourself or party food for the many.

Middle-East recipe falafel chickpeas coriander spices meze snack

Falafels are packed with the flavours provided by herbs fresh coriander, parsley and spices, cumin and cinnamon, the recipe below would have beneficiated from a coating but I am still experimenting with the new Tefal airfryer and I am a bit cautious.
2 cans of chick peas drained/rinsed if you are using dried chick peas they will need to be soaked and cooked prior to using in this recipe
1 egg lightly beaten
2-4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley or coriander or a mixture of both
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp cumin powder
1tsp gound coriander
 1/4 tsp chilli flakes or cayenne pepper
pinch of ground cinnamon
 1 table spoon olive oil
Each falafel could be rolled in sesame seed to coat before cooking
In a food processor whisk the chick peas until roughly smooth
add all the other ingredients and process until smooth don't be tempted to add water if you already have lemon juice otherwise add 1tsp of water if the mixture doesn't "gel"
You will end up with a big "lump"  Form small balls with 1 tablespoon of mixture and place on an oiled tray. Bake at gas mark 5/180C for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and crunchy on the outside. It's ready to be served

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