“ Brand: Cauldron / Type: Vegetarians „
Having recently became vegan I got rid of a load of things for myself and stocked up on various different foods I hadn't tried before in order to sample what it is that I want to bring in to my new diet. You will see a selection of the items in the reviews I do in the future.
The packaging for the Cauldron Falafel's I purchased was slightly different to that shown in the picture it was all dark green with an orange/brown writing on and some white writing. It's not strong and eye catching but I definitely like the design and it's consistent through the whole Cauldron range so you do recognised the product on the shelves as being theres as soon as you see it.
In the packet you get 8 Falafels which are balls about half the size of a golf ball and they don't look too dissimilar to a scotch egg. They are prepared and ready to eat straight out the packet which is perfect for a quick snack on the go but you can heat them in the oven which only takes around 10 minutes.
My personal favourite way to eat them is to heat them up and spread some hummus in a warm pitta bread and then crumble the falafels inside and have it as a yummy healthy vegan sandwich.
The taste of the Falafel in regards to flavour you definitely straight away notice it's an Indian style of food and it doesn't taste miles different to the flavour in an onion bhaji. The texture can be quite dry and fluffy almost like a very light breadcrumb on the outside but it is a lot more crumbly on the inside and full of flavour. I would recommend having it like I mentioned before with hummus or maybe another dip because alone it can be quite dry but not so much that you wouldn't want to eat it, just more pleasant with something to accompany it.
Nutritional Information -
Serving Size: 100 g, Calories: 257, Fat: 11g, Carbs: 30g, Protein: 6.2g
I paid £2.00 for my packet of 8 from Tesco which is quite expensive and I plan to try making my own but as a snack that you're not eating regularly it's definitely a nice treat.
Falafel are a very lovely chickpea based foodstuff that we discovered upon holidaying in Egypt, it is often referred to as the fast food of the middle east, and with good reason to.
I had a couple of falafel experiences in Egypt and in Israel. It was often served in pitta bread, and accompanied by salad and chips and it is a fab meal, we couldn't get enough whilst we were away on holiday.
Falafel in this country is either found ready made and simple to heat up or comes in a packet mix to which you simply add water then fry for a few minutes to provide the perfect snack.
I find it a bit more expensive to purchase ready made rather than the packets, then of course you can make your own which is probably even cheaper.
So these falafel I was so keen to try as I was desperate to get back in to eating it
The crunchy outer and soft style inner are a nice texture and provide a good firm bite, and not particularly crumbly. The portion size is good, I would suggest popping 2 into a pitta bread and if you grab some salad it makes an ace meal.
I feel that the falafel can be a bit dry and therefore I prefer to use mayonnaise on mine to sort of help to beat that dryness. It does put me off a little bit that they are so dry but that is just how they are and I put up with it.
The taste and flavours are nice, obviously I cannot compare the taste of these to the ones in the middle east I had but they are very similiar albeit a milder taste I think. A slight spice really gives a little bit of a kick to the whole thing and the combination of flavours is just yummy.
I feel that they taste like a significantly healthier version of traditional fast food and they really must be tried, I think it is probably quite a litte known about food which is a shame as it really is very tasty and makes a great snack or meal accompanient.
Overall I give it 7/10, knocked down slightly because of the dryness of the product.
As a vegetarian I am always on the look out for something different or new. Every product I have tried in the Cauldron range has been tasty, and although they are a bit more pricey than some other meat free brands, well worth the money.
I have bought a packet mix and made my own falafel before, but it was a bit of a disaster! These cost £1.89 for 8, but are of a much better quality than others I have tried. In addition they are made from organic ingredients, are GM free and the packaging is recycled/recyclable which is a bonus and a step in the right direction for all of us.
Falafel are a middle eastern food, small balls made from a mixture of chick peas, onion and other ingredients. They are quite versatile and can be eaten hot or cold, although my preference would be to eat them hot. They are great in salads, or between pitta bread. My favorite way to eat them is in a pitta with some low fat houmous. Delicious and filling. I have also broken them up and mixed them in with pasta and rice dishes. if all else fails, eat them on their own dipped in a bit of mayo. They can be a bit dry, so you need some sort of dip/sauce.
What's more, they are low in fat, and full odf protein. Buy some! Even you meat eaters might be converted!
Cauldron are not only a great vegetarian food company but they also use organic and soil association ingredients and are free from GM ingredients too! To top that, they also use packaging that is made from recycled materials (and can be recycled after use too).
So for me they totally pass the ethical test and the taste one too and for around £1.50 for 8, they are a real bargain (serves 2 if you are having them in a pitta). You can eat these cold (although the packaging doesn't recommend it) or you can cook them in the oven to warm they. They don't take very long at all (190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5 and cook for 10-12 minutes) so they are great as a healthy fast food. For those who haven't eaten Falafel and are a bit suspicious, you needn't be. They are brilliant equivalent to meat balls and can be eaten with almost all of the same foods that you would have meatballs with. They taste delicious in a pitta with some salad and a little sauce, with spaghetti, with cous cous and with salad. They are brilliant summer food and are great for parties, as they are really tactile. They aren't difficult to make from scratch either but after a hard days work, sometimes these can be a lifesaver. It's really worth having these in the fridge for those lazy days, as they are so versatile. I often keep a packet in the fridge at work, as they are also a great snack!
Chickpea (61%), Onion, Wheatflour, Sunflower Oil, Parsley, Sea Salt, Coriander (1%), Brown Cane Sugar, Garlic Puree, Cumin, Ground Coriander, Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate, Black Pepper.
Serving Size Per falafel
Energy KJ 215
Available Carbohydrate 5.1
Of Which Sugars 1.6
Of which Saturates 0.4
I really like Cauldron products and for one reason or another I decided to look around their others because, er, I'd only tried one in the past. Falafel was one that intrigued me because apparently they are a popular fast food but they are also really healthy. I really liked the idea of them in pitta bread, so I got a packet along with said pitta bread.
First night I had them with baked beans, peas and pitta bread. Unfortunately, I am incredibly stupid and had not figured out that you're meant to cut the pitta bread to get the pocket, so I settled for a measly fold over thing which wasn't so successful. Anyway, the falafel were gorgeous! I have to be honest that when I opened the packet I was a bit put off by the spicy smell, because they smelt like another vegetarian food I had tried which was rather disgusting. I was really pleasantly surprised with these.
I am thinking upon the taste now in remembrance, and it is very nice just to do this. They were probably the best vegetarian food I have had in ages. They're made of chickpeas and are quite 'spicy'. I don't know if that's the right word but they're not bland, is what I mean. Apparently falafel are fried (which is why they can be 'unhealthy') but these are done in the oven or on the grill. I chose the latter and they did really well.
I think these are sort of dry, but you're meant to have them with something. I didn't really find a need to layer it with all fancy sorts of sauce or whatever, so I just used the baked beans the first meal and ketchup the second time. I had these again the next day, you see, as they require themselves to be eaten in 24 hours which is the only fault I can think of right now. I'm sure they would have lasted longer, though, but hey - I wanted them. I had it with peas (again), ketchup and pitta bread (which I had actually cut open this time). It was a really good, filling meal. In place of Sunday lunch. The taste stays with you all day, which I'm not sure is a good thing or a bad thing, but it is a pleasant sort of taste.
I also like these because the ingredients are very simple and I can recognise all the names. Let us look:
Chickpea*(65%), Onion*, Sunflower Oil**, Wheat Flour**, Parsley*, Sea Salt, Coriander*(1%), Brown Cane Sugar*, Cumi*, Ground Coriander*, Garlic*, Raising Agent (sodium Bicarbonate), Black Pepper*.
* Organically Grown.
** Produced Under Organic Standards.
Very good, I think. The nutritional is also fairly good with 51 calories per falafel, but I've just dropped the packet and can't see where it dropped so I can't continue along the 'per falafel' route. Per 100g, then, there are 203 calories, 9.8g of fat, 1.6g of saturates, 6.3g of sugar, 1.4g of salt. There's only 200g per packet, so it's pretty good on the whole.
Anyway, I really did enjoy these but I don't know if I'll buy them again because they're so expensive for what they are. They cost £1.38 from Tesco, but the packet is absolutely tiny. Really. I was so shocked when I went to pick these up and I saw the size. The falafel inside I think are a good size, but I mean...there's eight. That's 17p per falafel. And it 'must' be eaten within 24 hours after opening. Whaaat?