Falafel healthy fast food
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Falafel

Crispy chickpea balls that are a healthy fast food option.  Delicious with a salad, in a wrap or served with creamy hummus
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas in water drained, reserving liquid
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 50 g oats
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid.
  • Add the drained chickpeas together with the garlic, Spring onions, lemon juice and all the spices to a blender and pulse to get a coarse mixture.
  • Now stir in the oats and season the mixture with salt.
  • Form walnut sized balls and flatten these slightly to make patties. 
  • Set the patties aside on a plate whilst heating up the oil in a pan to a medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot, fry the falafel on each side for a few minutes until golden.  This will take about 8-10 minutes in total and allows the falafel to get a nice crisp texture.

Notes

 
If you don't have a blender, simply mash the chickpeas with a potato masher and crush the garlic/thinly slice the Spring onions before adding.  Complete the recipe as described above.
 
Optional: add a handful of fresh coriander or parsley to the mixture.
Serve with a salad, in a wrap and/or with hummus.
These falafel freeze well.  Allow to cool after cooking, then place in freezer-proof container or bag.  Allow to defrost for a couple of hours before enjoying these.
 
The reserved liquid from the chickpeas (called aquafaba) can be used to make amazing desserts and creamy dressings.