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Roasted Isle of Wight Tomato Falafels

This tomato falafel recipe is ideal for sharing at a picnic or casual lunch with friends and family.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 15 mins

You’ll need

350g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water, drained

2 – 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped

500g tomatoes, cut in ½, or whole cherry tomatoes (we used Isle of Wight)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp ground coriander

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp sweet unsmoked paprika

50g Isle of Wight smoked sundried tomato, drained & chopped, or use 2 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp salt

1 litre neutral cooking oil for frying the falafel

What to do

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Roast the tomatoes with a big pinch of salt and 2 tbsp of olive oil, skin side down for 15 – 25 mins until very soft and starting to caramelize a little. Remove from the oven and cool.

Using a food processor, blend the roasted tomatoes with the garlic until smooth.

Add the chickpeas to the food processor with the blended tomatoes. Add the shallots, sundried tomatoes or puree, spices and salt and blend until you have a coarse paste. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Heat 5cm of oil in a saucepan at high heat to fry the falafel mixture in

The mixture is quite wet and the oil is very hot so do be careful from here. Use two spoons- one to shape and one to scrape the mixture off. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil. It should bubble and fry, quickly turning crisp and golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip the falafel over to fry on the other side for 1 ½ – 2 minutes more. Work in small batches, 3 or 4 at a time, removing the falafel with a slotted spoon when crisp and golden brown.

Work in batches keeping the cooked fried falafel warm in the oven until you have used up all the mix.

Recipe courtesy of The Tomato Stall

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Melina - Assistant Editor

Hi I'm Melina, a mother of 3 teenage children and with a particular interest in all things health related. I run a busy household and smallholding alongside my work with Silversurfers, which currently includes dogs, fish, hens, ducks and pigs!

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