Recently I was reading a book and it mentioned Falafel as the main character’s favorite food. I had never before heard of a falafel and was intrigued by them and decided to find out more about them. This the birth of this blog post… I give you the Awesome Falafel Recipe. Be aware this is not a traditional falafel recipe I modified it to my taste.
Additional notes: falafel is a middle eastern dish made from fava beans or chick peas.
- 1 cup of canned chick peas
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup of chopped white onion
- 1 clove of fresh garlic (substitute 2 tbs dried garlic)
- 2 tsps of Cumin (or more to taste)
- 1 egg
- 4-5 tbs of flour (I used gluten free flour but it will work with any flour)
- Salt to taste
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Pre heat oven to 375
- Chop onion, cilantro, and parsley coarsely and throw into the food processor (do not blend yet).
- Note when you blend in the food processor don’t blend too thoroughly make sure it isn’t a paste or it won’t cook right make sure there is still texture)
- Drain the Liquid from the chickpeas and toss them in the processor with the parsley and onions.
- Add in the egg, a teaspoon of olive oil, cumin, garlic, and salt to taste.
- Blend lightly so that all ingredients adhere well to one another.
- Add in the flour and blend again. You may want to do this part with a spoon instead of blending it so that no texture is lost.
- Brush cookie sheet with olive oil lightly so that falafel doesn’t stick
- Using a spoon or cookie scoop place dollops of falafel batter onto cookie sheet, evenly space them apart.
- Bake for ten minutes or until lightly golden in color.
- Take them out of the oven and flip them onto their other side then bake again for another ten minutes!
- A fun addition to this recipe is to place a single chickpea onto each falafel as a decoration (you don’t have to but I thought I’d mention it just in case you were feeling fancy).
As always glamour shots!!! Please like and share this post with your friends! Try the recipe out for yourselves it’s relatively healthy and it’s super quick and easy to do! If I get two likes on this post I will reveal the recipe for the Jerusalem salad pictured below (p.s. It pairs amazingly well with falafel as does the Greek yogurt dill dip)!