Summer Nourish Bowl with Carrot Mint Falafels and Herby Millet

. January, 2017
Photography by Kelly Gibney.
Summer Nourish Bowl with Carrot Mint Falafels and Herby Millet

After the indulgence of the holiday season, I’m excited to dive into big bowls of green goodness. These falafels are tasty, fresh and very simple to throw together. You’ll have enough falafels for several meals. I’ve suggested my favourite combination of salad ingredients but feel free to tweak to suit what you have on hand or in the garden.

Serves: 2


1 x 400-gram can chickpeas, drained
1 x 400-gram can white beans, drained
1 teaspoon curry powder (choose mild or hot to suit your taste)
1 medium carrot, grated and squeezed tightly of liquid
zest of 1 lemon
½ small onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, finely diced
large handful mint, roughly chopped
large handful parsley, roughly chopped
Tahini and Lemon Dressing
¼ cup tahini
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
sea salt and ground black pepper
Herby millet
1 cup cooked millet (you can also use quinoa)
handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
sea salt and ground black pepper
8 x cherry tomatoes, halved
½  ripe avocado, sliced
3-inch piece telegraph cucumber, finely sliced
⅓ cup raw sauerkraut
2 handfuls salad greens
To serve: lemon wedges, sesame seeds, additional fresh herbs


Falafel: Preheat oven to 220°C.

Combine all the falafel ingredients in a food processor and blitz until well mixed. The mixture should not be totally smooth. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Use your fingers to very slightly press down on the balls. The falafels will flatten as they cook so it’s important to leave them with good height before placing in the oven.

Brush generously with oil. Bake for 15–18 minutes until golden. Turn balls halfway through cooking. Place carefully on a wire rack to cool while you assemble the other components.

Tahini dressing: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

Herby millet: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

To assemble: Divide the millet and vegetables among 2 bowls. Top with the falafels and drizzle generously with tahini dressing. Garnish with lemon wedges, sesame seeds and additional herbs. Serve immediately.

Cook's tip: Leftover falafels can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Can be frozen for up to 2 months (thaw before reheating). Reheat in a very hot oven for 10 minutes.