Vivamb Monday Recipe – Falafel

Falafel cooked with oil
Falafel cooked with oil

Falafel

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas

1 large onion

2 cloves garlic

3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

1 tsp Coriander

1tsp Cumin

2 Tablespoons chickpea flour

Salt

Pepper

Oil for frying

Preparation

Drain chickpeas and place them in a bowl with the garlic, onion coriander, cumin, salt and pepper.  Use a hand blender to combine the ingredients into a thick paste.   Add the chickpea flour to the mixture to make the paste firmer.

Form the mixture into balls (the size of small meatballs) and slightly flatten.

slightly oil a pan and fry the balls until brown. (5-10 minutes on medium high)

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I served the Falafels with seasoned Avocado.  You could make larger patties and eat the Falafel as a sandwich on sourdough rye bread. or wrapped in lettuce leaves.

The chickpeas are your protein for this meal.  If you have extra vegetables, you could make a salad to eat with your Falafels.  Just make sure you include the onion into your calculations for your vegetable serving so you are not eating too much.

Review:

This recipe was so wonderful that my taste testing friend ate his and mine off my plate.  He also was not a big fan of Falafel until I made this recipe and now he wants to eat it again this week.

If you saw the photo on Facebook, you will know that I made this recipe using oil and also without oil.  Both tasted good but the one with oil was fantastic.    I wanted you to know that so you can use this recipe in strict phase 2 without oil which will make you appreciate the oil version even more.