Easy Spicy Falafel

April 10, 2015


Spicy falafel ~ great to pair up with Tabouleh, roll up as vegetarian kebab. Easy food to enjoy especially in summer.

but... eating kebabs can be one messy, sloppy  experience!
Talking about messy and sloppy, do you have any embarrassing stories while eating kebabs?

This happened 3 decades ago, in one of many kebab houses between Bayswater and Queensgate, London.
The kebabs shops in the UK, were (my best guessed) mostly owned by Pakistani, hence the taste, texture were a lot different from kebabs that we have here in Oz.

Doner kebabs, or sharwarma kebabs served with lots of thinly sliced raw cabbage, some sliced tomatoes, some sauce (not too sure what were sauces but not as many varieties as we have it here) and some pickled chillies stuffed into the pockets of pita bread.

Falafel and tabouleh

It was early spring, and it was Sunday, the area was buzzing with tourists. My flatmate and I were too lazy to cook, and thought that it was a good idea to get some kebabs.
And off we went to get our dinner, I ordered doner kebab with all the extras. 

Kebab is best eaten when its freshly packed, no soggy pita bread to deal with later, or meat falling everywhere.

Soon my order came, hungry (and bad eating manners :(.... )
I sank my teeth into the pita bread filled with my doner meat kebab, vegetables and the whole pickled chilli.
What happened next left me red faced, embarrassed... once I bit into the chilli, at the corner of my eye, I could see water, just like a water gun, squirted onto a guy standing next to me, who was waiting for his kebab. To make matters worst, he was in his best suit. OMG!!!
At that moment, I wished I was invisible... I wished I'd shrunk to the size of an ant...
Oh Miss Clumsy Claudette!!! stunned! trying to mouth 'Sorry' but nothing came out..
That guy...he was cool about it, took some serviette and wipe it off, waving his hand...telling me it was ok.... all was good. 

Falafel and tabouleh
Falafel and tabouleh

Apart from the usual doner, chicken or lamb meat, Australian kebab has falafel added to its list of menu. Strong Middle Eastern influence.
Aussie kebabs consists of shaved minced meat, with lots of fresh vegetables, choose your preferred sauce (its 6 or more sauces to choose from) and roll in Lebanese bread. 

My favourite kebab shop had closed down since the shopping centre upgraded, five years ago. That kebab lady made the best kebab ever especially her falafel...
...and my favourite is of course falafel kebab with tabouleh then drizzle with hot chilli sauce and hummus. Love the nutty spiced taste and its light as compared to meat filled kebabs.
however... my falafel may not be as good as hers but suffice to curb my cravings :D


Easy Spicy Falafel

500g cooked chickpeas
3 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
15g  fresh parsley
2 cloves of garlic (7g)
1 red onion (125g)
2 teaspoon salt
5-6 tablespoon plain flour
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  1. Mix all ingredients in food processors and blitz till smooth. 
  2. Shape about 25g of chickpea mixture  into a ball then flatten. 
  3. Repeat. 
  4. Heat 1 cup of oil in frying pan. 
  5. Fry till its golden in colour.
  6. Serve with Tabouleh (check my previous post for recipe)


  1. Mouthwatering! I love felafel and yours look delicious.



  2. This is my kind of meal, Lisa. These falafel look so good!

  3. Your falafel looks so good, Lisa! I love them everytime and I could eat them everyday! LOVE your photo's!

  4. These falafels look delicious!