Take your taste-buds on a journey with these authentic baked chickpea and lemon falafel balls.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained
- 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tbs olive oil, plus extra to brush
- 1/3 cup (90g) tahini
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 120g rocket or baby spinach leaves
- 500g punnet mixed heirloom tomatoes, halved
- To make falafel, whiz cumin, coriander, garlic, flour, bicarbonate of soda, lemon zest, chickpeas, parsley and half the onion in a food processor to a coarse paste.
- Using 2 tablespoonfuls mixture for each falafel, form into 12 walnut-sized balls.
- Cover and chill for 30 minutes to firm up.
- Preheat the oven to 200C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Place falafel on the baking tray. Press the tops to flatten slightly, then brush with extra oil. Bake, turning halfway through, for 25 minutes or until golden.
- Remove and set aside to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, to make the tahini dressing, whisk oil, tahini, honey, lemon juice and 2 tbs water together in a bowl. Season and set aside until ready to serve.
- Combine rocket, tomato and remaining onion on a platter. Top with cooled falafel and serve with the tahini dressing.