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Roasted red pepper falafel

Roasted red pepper falafel with sriracha - sweet and spicy, and perfect in pitta bread with salad and a drizzle of sauce!

I have a love-hate relationship with falafel. I love the flavours and the crispy bits on the outside – and, as a vegetarian, I feel I really should enjoy them (especially considering that falafel and hummus in a wrap is the only vegetarian option in about 97% of cafés around here).

But as I’ve told you before, I sometimes find them sooo dryyy that they just suck all the moisture out of your mouth. Not really what you’re going for when eating a meal. It makes it really hard to enjoy them.

Roasted red pepper falafel with sriracha - sweet and spicy, and perfect in pitta bread with salad and a drizzle of sauce!

Since I know that falafel must have some redeeming features, deep (deep deep) down inside, I’ve set upon an accidental quest to prove to myself that falafel aren’t all bad. Okay, so my quest currently only consists of two attempts, but I’m sure more will follow.

First came my quick falafel, which were pan-fried, and ended up much, much softer and moister than most falafel – which I took to be a storming success. Loved these!

Roasted red pepper falafel with sriracha - sweet and spicy, and perfect in pitta bread with salad and a drizzle of sauce!

Next up are my roasted red pepper falafel – I blended up roasted red peppers, and added them to the chickpea mixture along with some sriracha for a bit of kick (told you I was obsessed, it’s becoming a problem).

These roasted red pepper falafel were another success! But, in a different way to before. This time, the flavour was incredible (roasted red peppers!!! In my falafel!) – sweet roasted peppers and spicy sriracha are an amazing combination. The texture was slightly more similar to the standard dry falafel than to my super moist previous version, though – probably because I baked these ones. Next time I’ll try pan-frying them instead. But, if you’re a lover of all varieties of falafel, you might be happy with them baked. Go crazy, do whatever suits you best.

Roasted red pepper falafel with sriracha - sweet and spicy, and perfect in pitta bread with salad and a drizzle of sauce!

Either way, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these roasted red pepper falafel! The flavours are seriously amazing, and once you’ve slathered them in tzatziki, or extra sriracha, or hummus (though chickpeas on chickpeas = weird), who’s going to care how they were cooked anyway?

Roasted red pepper falafel with sriracha - sweet and spicy, and perfect in pitta bread with salad and a drizzle of sauce!

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5 from 1 vote

Roasted red pepper falafel

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 2 large red peppers
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 400 g tin chickpeas 240g, or ~ 1 1/4 cups, when drained, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • Small bunch fresh coriander cilantro
  • 1 tsp sriracha or more to taste
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • To serve: pitta bread salad, hummus, tzatziki, sriracha

Instructions

  • Halve the red peppers, and remove the core and seeds. Rub with a little oil, and roast at 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F) for about half an hour, until the peppers are soft and just beginning to crisp up.
  • Turn the oven up to 200°C (Gas Mark 6 / 400°F).
  • Place the roasted red peppers in a food processor with the drained chickpeas, garlic, coriander, and sriracha. Blitz until smooth, and season to taste, adding more sriracha if desired.
  • Place dollops of the chickpea mixture on a lined baking tray, smoothing them out as much as you can. Bake for around 25 minutes, or until firm and slightly crispy. Serve with pitta bread, salad, and your choice of sauce.

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Ian Richardson

Sunday 24th of January 2021

I agree falafel are often dry.( unless they have excessive amounts of oil.) I reheat them in the microwave with a little water and this helps enormously. a little sauce or dressing is desirable. Your recipe sounds good. i shall make it soon. I don"t mind houmous but have made it with roasted capsican and enjoy much more.

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Friday 29th of January 2021

Good tip on the reheating, thanks!

plasterers bristol

Monday 26th of October 2015

This sounds lovely. Going to give this a go. thanks for sharing this recipe.

Simon

Sarah @ The Chef Next Door

Thursday 23rd of April 2015

Oh my gosh, I love falafel! I've never made it at home but I am totally trying your recipe. Looks delicious!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Thursday 23rd of April 2015

It's so easy to make at home! Just whizz up a few ingredients, and stick them in the oven or in a pan! :)

Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner?

Thursday 23rd of April 2015

I recently made falafel and it is SO good! I bet this red pepper twist is delicious!

Dan from Platter Talk

Wednesday 22nd of April 2015

I've been a fan of falafels for a long time; thanks for sharing this beautiful post with us!

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