Falafel Failure

Posted By Kerri


We’ve tried to make falafel before. Only once. They came out a rather nasty shade of green, fell apart when we tried to cook them and eventually ended up in the bin. This recipe was recommended to us and, at a bit of a loss as to what to cook this evening, we thought we’d have another go.

These worked well until we came to cook them. They held together better than our previous attempts but were too soft and fell apart when we tried to eat them. They tasted quite good though and we both feel they’re worth another try. More flour, dried beans and less blending of the chickpeas are all things that might improve them.

The original recipe is here, we doubled the spicing and used fresh chilli rather than dried.

Sep 21st, 2009

9 Comments to 'Falafel Failure'

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  1. LexEat! said,

    Photo still looks good! I’ve made falafel previously and added mashed sweet potato, which might help hold them together better?
    Good luck!
    .-= LexEat!´s last blog ..Sunday lunch =-.

  2. katie said,

    They still look rather tasty 🙂

    Katie xox
    .-= katie´s last blog ..Sweet Melissa Mondays, yet again. =-.

  3. James said,

    I share your pain – they’re a nightmare to make! I gave up trying to use cooked ones, and went for dried soaked overnight. You blitz them in the processor. The last time I used this recipe: http://medcookingalaska.blogspot.com/2008/03/recipe-falafel.html and it worked much better. I also added some chickpea flour to tighten the nixture.
    .-= James´s last blog ..English muffins =-.

  4. Lizzie said,

    I had a massive falafel fail too, so I’ve given up. why falafel when I can have meatballs, eh?

    …I’m a sore loser.
    .-= Lizzie´s last blog ..Paul A. Young =-.

  5. Stephen said,

    Thanks for the comments everyone, I think we’ll try a couple more times to get them right before giving up completely.

    James, I was having a look around at other recipes and came to the conclusion that soaked-not-cooked chickpeas are, as you said, the way to go, so will definitely try that next time, thanks. And adding chickpea flour instead of wheat flour makes a lot of sense too.

  6. Keep at it -I’m sure you’ll get there in the end and then wow everyone with them! xxx
    .-= The Curious Cat´s last blog ..Memory Monday: Bavaria =-.

  7. Oh no! Maybe having an actual deep fryer makes a difference as well. The Felafel store at the Whitecross street market makes it look so easy. I wonder what their secret is?

  8. Sylvie said,

    I have to admit that I always buy a falafel mix or even ready made falafel. Maybe I should get stuck in and try to make some from scratch too. Soft or not, they do look great.
    .-= Sylvie´s last blog ..An Old Favourite and an Artist Book Fair =-.

  9. Kerri said,

    Thanks, CC, I don’t feel much like persevering with them just now but hopefully that will change. I hate to be beaten in the kitchen!

    That’s a good point, GC, another tick on the ‘Reasons to buy a DFF’ list!

    Thanks, Sylvie. I’ve eaten some made with packet mix before and they were pretty good. I would like to win this battle though!

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