One of my favourite Meat Free meals is Middle Eastern Style Mezze of Falafel, Hummus and Tabouleh.
With sides of herbed Yoghurt and flatbreads.
The flatbreads I have made a few times before, so here’s the Link
I make the Falafel in the Thermomix bowl, 2 drained tins of chickpeas, 2 fat peeled cloves of garlic, a little bit of chilli, a small peeled onion, Half a bunch of coriander, half a bunch of parsley, whizz at speed 5 for 5 seconds, scrape down bowl and blitz again for another 5 seconds.
Then add a teaspoon of ground cumin, salt, pepper, 50g of self raising flour and a teaspoon of baking powder. Mix at reverse speed 3 for 10 seconds.
Make the mix into whatever shape patties you like and pop them into the fridge to firm up.
when ready, I shallow fry till golden and finish in a hot (200) oven till cooked through.
The hummus is simple to make, a drained tin of chickpeas, a teaspoon of tahini, a peeled clove of garlic, lemon juice a teaspoon of ground cumin and a good glug of olive oil – I put all of this onto the Thermomix bowl and whizz for 2 minutes on speed 6, scrape down the bowl, season to taste, this really does depend on you.
Scrape this into a bowl and leave in the fridge till ready. I like to take this to work for lunches too, with some chopped carrots and/or flatbreads. I ‘dress’ this with olive oil and Dukha before serving 😋
For the Tabbouleh I don’t have any Bulgar Wheat, so will use Cous Cous, pour a cupful of raw Cous Cous into a heat proof bowl and add enough boiling Veg stock to cover the Cous cous, cover and leave for 5 minutes, fork through and leave to cool.
Finely slice a bunch of spring onions, half a deseeded cucumber, a bunch of fresh coriander, and mint leaves and the remaining half of the bunch of parsley.
The juice of 2 lemons, a good glug of olive oil, salt, pepper and a teaspoon of sumac.
mix together with the cooled Cous Cous and into the fridge to keep cool.
The remaining half a bunch of fresh coriander, chop and add to half a pot of natural yoghurt, season and sprinkle with dukkah when serving.
Serve the hot Falafel with the rest of the meal and dig in – amazing food 😇