Crispy Chickpea Falafel

Serves 4

30 Minute Prep Time

By Vega on April 12, 2016 , categorized in Dinner, Lunch

chickpea falafel

These chickpea falafels are just right for lunch or dinner, solo or with a hot date. Bright and full of zing, the aroma of cilantro and parsley will leave you feeling energized while the spicy cumin warms from the inside out. With a crisp outer shell, drizzled with savory tahini dip, falafel will become a new favorite whenever hunger strikes.

Ingredients

  • For the falafel:
  • 2 cups cooked/canned chickpeas
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free flour (quinoa, brown rice, millet)
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of ground cardamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • For the sauce:
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • To make a wrap:
  • Wrap of your choice (butter lettuce, kale, pita bread, or a gluten-free wrap)
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas well. Combine all ingredients including the chickpeas, onion, parsley, garlic, flour, salt, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, cardamom, and coconut oil in a bowl.

  3. Add ¼ of the mix to a food processor and blend until very smooth. Remove and set aside in a medium bowl.

  4. Add the remaining ¾ of the ingredient mix to the food processor. Pulse until a rough, coarse meal forms. The mixture should be coarse and granular, yet easy to shape without crumbling. Combine with smooth mixture from step 3 to help bind them together.

  5. Form into even size balls. Using a tablespoon, form about 2 tablespoons of mixture per falafel. If mixture seems to loose and falls apart, stir in a little bit of flour into the mixture.

  6. Once all falafel balls are formed, place on a lined baking sheet tray, and bake until crisp to the touch, approximately 20-30 minutes.

  7. To make the tahini sauce: Place all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until fully combined.

  8. To serve the falafel, place in wrap of your choice with vegetables such as chopped cucumber, tomato, parsley, and onions. Finally drizzle with creamy tahini sauce.

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