Learn to make beetroot and chickpea falafel with a delicious tahini dressing and pickled red onions.

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This class offers a real taste of the Middle East. You’ll prepare delicious beetroot and chickpea falafel with a garlic and tahini dressing, plus a zingy radish and pickled red onion salad with chicory, rocket, feta and chillies.

What you'll learn:

  • Basic knife skills
  • Basic pickling
  • How to cook with Middle Eastern ingredients

Serves/Makes: 2 people/ makes 16 falafel

Duration: This class will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Prepare ahead instructions: Please have all your ingredients weighed out and ready along with the equipment you’ll need.

Shopping list (serves 2)

Fruit & Veg - Prepare ahead by washing fruit & vegetables, but no need to peel and chop

  • 150g raw beetroot
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 75g radishes
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 red chicory
  • ½ pack parsley
  • 1 handful rocket leaves


  • 50g feta
  • 4 tbsp Greek yogurt

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  • 400g tinned chickpeas
  • 50g gram flour (also known as chickpea flour)
  • 50g sesame seeds
  • 50g tahini
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g pack 4 flatbreads (e.g Crosta and Mollica)
  • 6 Fragata hot peppers guindillas or jalapenos


  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sumac plus extra for serving
  • ½ tsp salt

Equipment :

  • Mini Chopper/blender/food processor to make falafel
  • Frying pan for cooking falafel
  • Fish slice/spatula/tongs for turning falafel
  • Chef's knife
  • Chopping board
  • Sieve to drain chickpeas
  • Balloon whisk for tahini sauce
  • Box grater for beetroot
  • Small bowl for water to wet hands
  • 3 medium mixing bowls, for coating falafel, marinating onions and for salad
  • 1 small bowl for the dressing
  • Citrus juicer/reamer- optional
  • Spoons for mixing and tasting
  • Measuring jug for water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking tray
  • Scissors
  • Parchment
  • Cling film
  • Kitchen roll
  • 2 serving plates

About your instructor: You’ll be led through this class with one of our experienced chefs from the Waitrose Cookery School.

  • Joining a virtual experience: Our Virtual Experiences will take place via Zoom. We’d recommend using a laptop or desktop if possible to make it easier for you to take part. Two days before your Virtual Experience, we’ll send you full details on how to join.
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