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Falafel Party Platter


Falafel Party Platter

By: Raquel Neofit

You will be in taste heaven with this spread! The falafel mixture freezes brilliantly for about a month — don’t cook it.


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  • 2 x 400g tins chickpeas
  • 1 cup raw tahini paste
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 1 onion, peeled & roots removed
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Green hot pepper (optional)
  • 2 tbsp grounded coriander
  • 2 tbsp grounded cumin
  • 1½ tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 3 tbsp burghul
  • 2 firm medium tomatoes, finely diced (keep the juice)
  • ½ tsp Baharat mixed spice
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 bunch parsley, washed & chopped
  • 1 pomegranate, arils only
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 Spanish onion, finely diced
  • 2–3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & cracked pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil of choice, to fry
  • 2 tbsp sumac
  • 2 tbsp sumac
  • Cooked couscous & pita pockets, to serve


  • To make the falafels, blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Roll mixture into small-sized balls.
  • Half-fill a sauté pan with oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, carefully drop the falafel balls into the oil.
  • Turn after 90 secs or until brown. Drain on baking paper.
  • To make the tabbouleh, place the burghul, chopped tomatoes, Baharat spice mix and lemon in a bowl and let the burghul absorb the liquid for 5 mins.
  • In a bowl, add the parsley, pomegranate, cucumber, onions and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the burghul and tomato and mix to combine.
  • To make sumac pickled onions, combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside for about 2 hours. Store in an airtight jar for up to 5 days in the fridge.
  • You can prepare the tabbouleh mix a few days in advance, but don’t add the olive oil until ready to eat. Everything else can be prepared a day or 2 in advance.


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Raquel Neofit

Raquel Neofit

Freelance writer & editor for the food, beauty, travel & horticulture industries.

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