This recipe really threw me for a loop! But after multiple rounds of testing, I believe it’s perfected and ready to be enjoyed by all of you…
Ingredients [ For 7 to 8 people ] [ Preparation time : 22 minute – Cooking time : 35 minutes ]
- 1 15- ounce (425 g) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry
- 1/3 cup (15 g) chopped fresh parsley (or sub cilantro)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 shallots, minced (~ 3/4 cup, 65 g | or sub white onion)
- 2 Tbsp (17 g) raw sesame seeds (or sub finely chopped nuts, such as pecans)
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin, plus more to taste
- 1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper, plus more to taste
- optional: Healthy pinch each cardamom and coriander
- 3-4 Tbsp (24-31 g) all-purpose flour (or sub oat flour or gluten-free blend with varied results)
- 3-4 Tbsp (45 – 60 ml) grapeseed oil for cooking (or sub any neutral oil with a high smoke point)
- optional: Panko breadcrumbs for coating (see instructions)
- Garlic Dill Sauce for serving (found within the Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potato Recipe)
- Add chickpeas, parsley, shallot, garlic, sesame seeds, cumin, salt, pepper to a food processor or blender and mix/pulse to combine, scraping down sides as needed until thoroughly combined. You’re looking for a crumbly dough, not a paste.
- Add flour 1 Tbsp at a time and pulse/mix to combine until no longer wet and you can mold the dough into a ball without it sticking to your hands
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a bit more salt, pepper, and a dash of cardamom and coriander.
- You want the flavor to be pretty bold, so don’t be shy.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to firm up.
- If you’re in a hurry you can skip this step but they will be a little more fragile when cooking.
- Once chilled, scoop out rounded Tablespoon amounts and gently form into 11-12 small discs.
- Optional: Sprinkle on panko bread crumbs and gently press to adhere – flip and repeat.
- This will produce a crispier crust but is optional.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough oil to generously coat the pan – about 2 Tbsp. Swirl to coat.
- Once the oil is hot, add only as many falafels as will fit very comfortably in the pan at a time – about 5.
- Cook for a total of 4-5 minutes, flipping when the underside is deep golden brown.
- Repeat until all falafel is browned – the deeper golden brown they are, the crispier they’ll be.
- They will also firm up more once slightly cooled.
- Serve warm with garlic-dill sauce or hummus, inside a pita with desired toppings or atop a bed of greens.
- Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep in the refrigerator covered for several days.
- Freeze after that to keep fresh for up to 1 month.