Spicy Beet Falafels


Falafels....What now? How do people still not know what falafels are? The amount of people I've spoken to, sharing my love of falafels, and very few seem to know what they are...never mind about knowing how to pronounce the word.

Spicy Beetroot Falafels (Vegan & Low fat) - healthy baked falafels with a spicy vibrant twist

I won't judge too much though as that was once me. But once falafels entered my life, it was a great day, they became a love of mine. Eating them the classic way with hummus and pitta breads and salad and cous cous is just so satisfying and delicious. Wow, I'm salivating thinking about it! But, like with many things, sometimes you've just got to jazz it up and change things about a bit. So instead of sticking with the classic combination with cumin, coriander etc and then being deep fried, I made it brighter and spicier - the ginger and beetroot work so well together! Plus, baking is a much healthier option, although sometimes a treat of a deep fried version is equally as good.

Falafels are a great group meal! You could make this recipe along with some homemade hummus, some veggies, baked potatos, rice, tahini dressings, salad etc. Make your own tapas style platters, perfect for an evening in with friends.

Spicy Beetroot Falafels (Vegan & Low fat) - healthy baked falafels with a spicy vibrant twist

I love serving this recipe with some baked potato cubes (either sweet potato or white, both work fab), rice or the classic pitta and hummus. But you always gotta add your veggies in there! With a drizzle of sweet chilli, on whatever way you decide to serve, and you've got yourself a delicious spicy ball of deliciousness.

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Spicy Beetroot Falafels
A bit of a twist on favourite
  • 1/2 can Chickpeas
  • 1 large or 2 small Cooked beetroot
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Salt, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 200° and lined a baking tray with grease-proof paper.2. Drain and rinse chickpeas then add to blender or food processor along with beetroot, herbs and spices and water. Blend until well processed and chunky, but no large bits remain.3. Next, add in the flour and blend again until mixture is well combined. 4. You should be able to roll the mixture into balls with your hands without it being too sticky. Place balls on the baking tray.5. Place in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes, turning over at around 25 minutes.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Approx 7 Falafels

Spicy Beetroot Falafels (Vegan & Low fat) - healthy baked falafels with a spicy vibrant twist

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