We love this flavour-packed veggie dish that the Spier team recommend be paired with Spier Seaward Shiraz. Just note that it uses dried chickpeas and beans, so you’ll need to start the process the day before as they need to soak overnight.

For the falafels:

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 cup dried beans (split broad beans, butter beans or heerenbone)
  • water, for soaking
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 20 g parsley
  • 20 g coriander leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground coriander
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground cumin
  • 1 ml (¼ teaspoon) ground nutmeg
  • 1 ml (¼ teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt
  • 2,5 ml (½ teaspoon) baking soda
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Place the chickpeas and beans in a bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak overnight (8 to 12 hours). Drain, then add to a food processor with the onion, lemon juice, parsley, coriander leaves, garlic, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Process until you have a relatively smooth paste, scraping the sides. There should still be some texture — you don’t want a complete mush. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes, then roll into balls with a diameter of about 4 cm. Heat the oil over moderate heat, then fry the falafels in batches until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Serve at once with the salad bowls and yoghurt dressing (see below).

For the herbed yoghurt dressing:

  • ¾ cup Greek yoghurt
  • 15-30 ml of lemon juice
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • a handful fresh chives
  • 5 ml Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper

In a blender, add the yoghurt, lemon juice, herbs and mustard. Season with salt and pepper, then blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use then serve with the falafel bowl.

For the salad bowls:

  • a bunch fresh salad leaves
  • shredded carrot and/or beans
  • some roasted vegetables of your choice (like cauliflower or aubergine), optional
  • pickled onions
  • freshly fried falafels (see above)
  • yoghurt dressing (see above)
  • sesame seeds for sprinkling

Arrange the leaves, vegetables, pickled onions and falafels in bowls, then top generously with the yoghurt dressing and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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