So, I just made my hummus blog recipe and the perfect follow up had to be this falafel recipe that I swear by! Both these recipes are made from my favourite ingredient – Chickpeas. Just like my hummus recipe, this falafel recipe is so easy, delicious and most importantly QUICK! This is a great recipe to whip up for your vegan guests, but delicious enough for everyone.
Where does Falafel come from?
Ok so I don’t have the answer for you. It really differs, depending on who you ask . Some food historians theorize that it originated in ancient Egypt as some ancient Egyptian paintings seem to depict people frying a ball-like food. Some point to India where as this is where chickpeas are popular and deep frying is a common mode of food preparation. Turkish and Arab traders likely brought the dish westward into the Middle East. Again like hummus, who knows but who cares? Everyone around the World can enjoy falafel, regardless of its roots.
How to Serve Falafel
There are a number of ways to serve falafel. You can have it as a side dish, alternatively put it in a wrap or sandwich. Here’s a few ingredients I’d recommend that falafel goes well with:
- Pitta bread or a wrap
- Any olives but my preference would be Kalamata olives
- Raw red onion
- Sauce: My homemade hummus dish!
Is Falafel Healthy?
People who followed a “healthful,” plant-based diet that regularly included legumes like chickpeas were less likely to gain weight over a four-year period than individuals who followed an “unhealthful,” plant-based diet that included more heavily-processed foods such as refined grains and sugary drinks, a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found.
OK, so falafel is fried but that’s pretty much the only unhealthy component to the dish. Chickpeas are the source of the dish and they have SO many health qualities. Chickpeas have a low glycemic index, so falafel is slowly digested, causing a slower and more balanced rise and fall in blood sugar levels. In addition to protein and fiber, chickpeas pack a wealth of other key nutrients like folate, iron, potassium, and manganese. Finally, falafel is also allergy free – nut, dairy and gluten free! Falafel is for absolutely everyone!
Here’s the Recipe..
The Perfect Falafel Recipe
- 1 can Chickpeas
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1/2 Red Onion
- 4 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup Parsley
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1/4 tsp Chilli flakes
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- In a food processor, add all ingredients. Keep pulsing until fully chopped
- Scoop into small balls
- Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a pan on medium heat for a couple of minutes.
- Add falafel to pan, careful not to crowd so you have enough room to flip.
- Cook on both sides for about 5 minutes until browned. Add olive oil when you flip if the pan gets dry.
Hope you enjoyed this recipe. If you tried it, comment below and let me know how you found it.