I’ve been craving falafel recently so I decided it was finally time to make some! I grew up eating Mediterranean food but if you are unfamiliar with falafels, I would describe it as a crispy, chickpea fritter. They are so delicious and unbelievably easy to make! This was my first attempt, and I am happy to announce it was very successful. Healthy, protein-packed, vegan, gluten free deliciousness. Please give these a try!
Here are the ingredients that you will need:
- 1 cup of chickpeas (canned or dried & soaked for 24 hours)
- 1/2 cup cilantro (or parsley)
- 1/2 small red onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. coriander
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tbsp. of millet flour (or spelt flour for non-gluten free option)
- squeeze of lemon
Form into balls or patties and pan fry in olive oil until crispy. It should take about 3 minutes per side. Don’t be afraid of frying! People have done studies measuring the amount of oil before and after frying.When done properly, it’s remarkable how little oil is actually absorbed. Having said that, you can also bake these at 350 for 20 minutes.