Falafels are my absolute favorite!! For those of you not familiar with falafels, they are a traditional Middle Eastern dish of chickpeas and spices formed into balls or fritters and deep-fried. Although a great source of vegetarian protein, they pack a punch of calories, unhealthy fats and sodium.
This recipe is a great twist on your traditional deep-fried falafel. Instead of deep-frying, I used a waffle iron instead, genius right?? I was a little hesitant as I wasn't sure they would give the same "deep-fried" mouth feel but they turned out wonderfully! Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside with a complexity of flavors. These are a must-try!!
Yields 8-10 waffles
Ingredients: 1lb dry chickpeas (soaked over night) 3/4 cup water 5 cloves of garlic 1/2 medium sized onion 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1.5 tbsp cumin 1.5 tbsp coriander 1 tbsp granulated onion 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Coconut oil cooking spray (PAM will work too)
Optional toppings: garlic sauce, tzatiki, cucumber, tomato, red onion
Soak dry chickpeas over night. Drain and place in food processor
Add water, garlic, onion and cilantro to food processor. Mix until smooth consistency
Heat waffle iron (medium/high)
Stir all other ingredients into the chickpea batter
Thoroughly spray the waffle iron with coconut oil
Add 1/3 cup of the batter for each “waffle”. Close top and let cook for 3-5 minutes (until the outside is becomes brown and crisp)
Remove and serve with your favorite vegetables and top with your favorite sauce!! (I couldn’t resist garlic sauce I found at my local grocery store!!)