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Recipe: Sam Stern’s falafel

Food writer and student Sam Stern recommends easy, unpretentious foods like falafel

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    Ingredients
    175g dried chickpeas
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    2-3 fat cloves garlic, crushed
    1 ½ tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp ground coriander
    1 tsp chilli powder
    2 tbsps fresh coriander
    1-2 tbsps fresh parsley/mint finely chopped and dried
    Salt and pepper
    1 ½ tbsps warm water
    ¾ tsp baking powder
    Sunflower oil

    METHOD
    ● Soak dried chickpeas in double depth of water for minimum 12 hours. Drain. Dry well.
    ● Blitz in the processor with onion, garlic, spices, herbs, seasoning.
    ● Mix water, baking powder in a cup. Stir into falafel mix. Roll firmly into balls. Chill at least 30 minutes.
    ● Tip 5 cm oil into frying pan. When hot enough to crisp a breadcrumb, fry a few of the balls at a time, turning, till golden brown, cooked through. Sit them on kitchen paper.
    ● Eat in wraps, cumin flatbread or pitta.

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