This recipe is quick, healthy, and the perfect antidote for an evening, when motivation seems to hit a low point for the week.


  • 400g tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon

  • 1 golden shallot, roughly chopped

  • Small bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped

  • 1/2 tsp allspice

  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

  • 2 tsp buckwheat or wholemeal flour

  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • For the minted tahini yoghurt

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt

  • 1 tsp tahini

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • handful of mint leaves

  • squeeze of lemon juice

  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • To serve

  • 1/4 cup pickled red cabbage/sauerkraut

  • 1 red capsicum

  • 3-4 thick slices haloumi

  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 wholegrain or gluten-free tortillas, toasted under the grill until crunchy


  • 1.

    Turn the grill on to medium-high. Place the whole capsicum on a baking tray under the grill and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the skin has blackened in places and the flesh is soft. You will need to turn it every two minutes or so. Place to one side to cool.

  • 2.

    Turn off the grill, and preheat the oven to 180C.

  • 3.

    Process all of your falafel ingredients in a blender or food processor. You may need to scrape the mix off the sides as you go.

  • 4.

    Create six patties and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.

  • 5.

    Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until cooked through. Place to one side.

  • 6.

    Peel the skin from the cooked capsicum, remove the seeds, and thickly slice. Place to one side.

  • 7.

    In a blender, combine all of your tahini yoghurt ingredients and process until smooth.

  • 8.

    In a fry pan, heat a teaspoon of olive oil over a medium heat, then grill your haloumi for two minutes on each side, or for as long as it takes to give them a little colour.

  • 9.

    Arrange your falafel and mezze on a serving dish with a dipping bowl of the yoghurt.


You can mix and match the falafels with your favourite nibbly bits for a mezze platter.

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