This Australia Day, prevent over-indulgence with this healthy yet delicious Middle Eastern inspired dish.


  • ¼ cup (40g) burghul (cracked wheat)

  • * 3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped

  • * ¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice

  • * 2½ cups coarsely chopped fresh

  • flat-leaf parsley

  • * ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint

  • * ½ medium red onion, finely chopped

  • * 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • 1 tbs olive oil

  • * 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped

  • * 2 garlic cloves, crushed, extra

  • * 1 tsp ground cumin

  • * 1 tsp ground coriander

  • * 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained

  • * ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, extra

  • 1 tbs plain flour

  • 1/3 cup (95g) low-fat hommus, to serve

  • * 1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve

  • Note

  • Filling and healthy foods are marked with an asterisk. These foods help fill you up and keep you healthy.


  • 1.

    To make tabouli, place burghul in a medium shallow bowl and sprinkle over tomatoes and juice. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until burghul has softened. Transfer to a large bowl. Add parsley, mint, red onion, crushed garlic and oil, mixing to combine.

  • 2.

    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C or 180°C fan-forced. Lightly spray a small frying pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Cook brown onion and extra garlic, stirring, for 3–5 minutes or until softened. Add cumin and coriander and cook, stirring,

  • 3.

    Until fragrant. Cool for 10 minutes.

  • 4.

    In a food processor, process chickpeas, extra parsley and cooked onion until a thick paste forms. Stir in flour. Using lightly floured hands, shape level tablespoons of mixture into 16 ovals. Thread 2 falafels onto each skewer to make 8 skewers. Lightly spray with oil. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and cook skewers in batches for 2–3 minutes each side. Serve on a bed of tabouli with hommus and lemon wedges.

  • Serve with:

  • 1.

    Warmed pitta bread. Add 5 ProPoints values for one small pitta (67g).


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