Fruity Herby Falafels

  • 70g Whitworths Chopped Apricots
  • 70g Whitworths Zante Mini Currants
  • 250g dried chickpeas
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 25g flat leaf parsley, finely sliced
  • 25g fresh mint, finely sliced
  • 25g fresh coriander, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3tsp cumin
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • oil for cooking
  • 250ml natural yogurt for serving

Ready… Steady… Bake…

  • Soak 250g of dried chickpeas according to the instructions on the packet.
  • Once soaked, drain the chickpeas and pat them dry with kitchen towel (it’s worth the extra effort to use dried chickpeas when making falafels - the extra moisture from using canned chickpeas is a little too high to give that authentic falafel texture inside).
  • Place the prepared chickpeas, onion and garlic into a food processor then add the salt, cumin and plain flour.
  • Add a third of each of the herbs to the processor then blend until you have a fine paste that holds together when you form it into a ball.
  • Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl then stir in the currants, apricots and another third of the herbs.
  • Gently heat about 8cm of oil in a saucepan, when the oil is hot, form small balls of falafel between two dessert spoons then fry in batches for 2-4 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Drain the fried falafel on kitchen paper.
  • For the herby dip simply stir the remaining herbs into the yogurt then serve.
  • Serve as mezze or canape style snack with the herby dip, or as a main meal with pitta bread, salad and pickles with the dip drizzled over.
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  • 30mins + soaking time
  • 30 mins
  • Makes