Falafel with Spicy Feta Sauce

Falafel with Spicy Feta Sauce

14 hrs 20 mins total time

45 mins active time


Makes 12



For the falafel:

  • 1¼ cups (8¾ oz) dried chickpeas
  • 1 cup (1 oz) firmly packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 cup (1 oz) firmly packed cilantro leaves
  • 6 green onions


  • 3 cloves garlic


  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Cooking oil spray

For the spicy feta sauce:

  • 8 oz feta cheese


  • 1 clove garlic


  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

    plus extra to serve

  • ¼ cup (2 fl oz) olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water

To serve:

  • Salad greens


  • 1To make the falafel, rinse the chickpeas and put them in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Cover with cold water. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature overnight.
  • 2Rinse the chickpeas and drain well in a fine mesh sieve.
  • 3Combine the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, green onions, garlic, salt and spices in the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely ground, stopping to scrape down the side of the bowl as necessary.
  • 4Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes , (this releases the starch from the chickpeas, making them easier to shape).
  • 5Scoop two heaped tablespoons of falafel mixture and gently shape into a slightly flattened ball. Repeat to make 12.
  • 6Place the falafel in the AIR FRY basket, ensuring they are not touching each other. Spray with the oil to coat. Turn the falafel over and spray the other side.
  • 7Preheat the oven. Select AIRFRY/SUPER CONVECTION/450°F/15 minutes and press start.
  • 8Once preheated, place the basket into the AIR FRY position and cook for 15 minutes until lightly browned and crispy.
  • 9To make the spicy feta sauce, combine the feta, garlic, oregano and pepper flakes in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the feta is smooth, stopping to scrape down the side of the bowl as necessary.
  • 10With the machine running, slowly add the oil and process until incorporated.
  • 11Combine the water and lemon juice in a small bowl. With the machine running, add the lemon juice mixture and process until a sauce forms. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 12Spoon the feta sauce onto serving plates, sprinkle with pepper flakes. Top with falafel and serve with dressed salad leaves.

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