Falafel With Black Olives and Harissa Recipe

Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt

Why It Works

  • Spicy harissa paste and salty black olives give falafel a punchy twist.

When I first completed my recipe for falafel, my first thought was "That's great—now how do we make it hotter?" That thought was immediately followed by some digging through the refrigerator for condiments, mixing them into batches of my raw falafel dough to see how they'd taste. I settled on harissa, the North African spice paste. It comes in a baffling variety of heat levels and styles, but for falafel, I like the high heat of DEA-brand harissa, which has chilies, garlic, coriander seed, and a good dose of caraway.

Recipe Facts

Active: 25 mins
Total: 8 hrs 40 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  1. Complete Easy, Herb-Packed Falafel recipe through the end of step 2. Add harissa and black olives to falafel mixture and fold in gently with a rubber spatula. Continue cooking falafel as directed, starting with step 3. Serve with zhug or tahini sauce.

Special equipment

Salad spinner, food processor, instant-read thermometer

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