There are a few things I will eat everyday and not get sick of; avocado on toast, berry smoothies and burritos are up there but after those I would have to say falafel come pretty close. Here at the coast there are two places that do AMAZING falafel; The Pocket at Burleigh and Orgasmic Falafel in Byron Bay. If you can get to either I highly recommend it, buuuuut If you can’t then this recipe should hold you over for a while.
I have been making my own falafel for a while now, a lot since we transitioned to a plantbased diet over 5 years ago. It was something that was easy, high in protein (which all non-vegans are very worried about..haha) and relatively healthy (yes they are shallow fried though). Sam loves everything on a sandwich so these work out perfectly and they are so versatile.
Before this year I had always used canned chickpeas, I thought that’s what you did and I had looked up lots of recipes online that used them. I always wondered why my homemade falafel weren’t as good as the ones at the store and then I came across a recipe that used soaked dried chickpeas and that seemed to be the KEY.
You want to soak your dried chickpeas over night and this is what gives you the texture of the falafel you know and love. Try it, you wont be disappointed.
- 2 cups dried chickpeas (soaked in water over night and rinsed well)
- 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley
- 1 red onion (sauteed)
- 4 cloves garlic (sauteed with onion)
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 2 tsp salt
- 1.5 Tbs chickpea flour
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until fluffy and well combined. You want the falafel to come together easily in your hand. Mould them into patties and shallow fry in rice bran oil until golden brown.
Place on paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
I love to serve these with flatbread and tabbouleh or even mashed potato and peas. Depends what you are feeling. We’ve also been known to cover them in hummus (yes even more chickpeas lol – check out our hummus recipe here).
Hope you love them as much as we do.