Falafah-what? Do you know falafel? I wasn't too fond of them a few years ago but now
I love them! If you don't know what they are, imagine spicy little chickpea balls of yumminess.
They are usually deep fried for a crispy coating. The thought of making them myself was intimidating to say the least.this recipe which demystified them a bit, using dried chickpeas (soaked overnight) to keep them together and a mini muffin tin to bake them in. I checked out a few other recipes and then adjusted this one to give it a try based on what I had in my kitchen.
1 c. raw dried chickpeas soaked overnight(they will double in size)
1/2 red onion chopped
2-3 garlic cloves
3 cubes frozen cilantro
1-2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried coriander
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp tumeric (or less)
1/ 2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of cardamon
1 tsp Kosher salr
1 tsp lemon zest
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
Cooking spray(I use TJ's coconut oil spray)
Preheat oven to 400 F
Spray muffin tins with cooking spray
Combine all ingredients in food processor except olive oil and pulse a few times to combine.
Add olive oil and pulse a few more times.
Use a mini scoop (or spoon) to scoop out mixture and place in muffin tins. Press down lightly with scoop to make sure they are holding together.
Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy. Serve immediately with pita bread and/or the upcoming tahini sauce or cool on wire wrack, then refrigerate.
Super Quick Tahini Sauce:
Mix the following ingredients in a high speed blender (or by hand if you don't have one):
1/2 cup tahini paste (sesame seed butter)
2 TBS lemon juice
1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
3-4 TBS water
Pour into a jar to store in the fridge. This can be thinned out with more water to make a salad dressing. The sauce thickens up in the refrigerator.
Enjoy those spicy little bites!
They make a great snack or tasty meal. Have you ever tried falafel?
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