Fab Falafels

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Omigoodness, these were incredibly tasty! I will DEFINITELY be making these again (and again, and again 🙂 ). They were so savoury and satisfying, I guarantee they will not disappoint!

Serves 4-6 hungry people

Falafel Ingredients

500 ml dried chickpeas (not canned!)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 -3 garlic cloves
2 -3 slices stale gluten free bread (if the bread isn’t stale, I usually just toast it and then grind it in a coffee grinder or food processer)
3.5 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoons chilli flakes
1 tablespoon gluten free flour (any kind will do: brown rice, tapioca, sorghum etc.)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 water
1-2 tablespoons good quality oil if pan frying

Falafel Directions

1. Wash and place chickpeas in a large bowl, cover generously with water and soak overnight (at least 12 hours and up to 24)
2. Drain chickpeas and place in food processer. Add onion, garlic, bread, and parsley. Run processer until food is clumpy (don’t over process, or will become too paste-like).
3. Add spices, flour, baking powder and water. Mix well.
4. You can wet your hands and shape your falafels in balls or whatever shape you fancy (I used a 1/3 measuring cup and shaped them into patties for this time around).
5. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway in between cooking, or until browned evenly on the outside.
6. If pan frying, heat oil on medium heat and fry until golden brown.

Now, for the sauce: I recommend using my recipe as a rough guideline and throwing in whatever you please. Me and Irfan made separate sauces as he likes it more sweet and I like it more tart. Don’t be afraid to experiment my friends! 🙂

Adapted from food.com

Ingredients for Sauce

3/4 tahini (super easy to make at home, don’t be a chump and buy it – I will poste the recipe soon!)
1 garlic clove
1 1/2 to 2 juiced lemons
1/3-1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
3.5 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
2-3 tablespoons ground chia
2-3 tablespoons almond butter (also super easy to make at home – recipe to be posted soon!)
2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (if you are like Irfan and like it sweet)

Directions for Sauce

Throw all ingredients in food processer and mix.

You can place your falafels into gluten free pita with all the traditional fixings or if you are like me and too lazy to make a gluten free pita (b/c you know buying it is going to be way too expensive – we are FUNemployed after all 😉 ), you can just eat it with brown rice and a side of steamed greens. Still super de-lish!

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