Friday, June 11, 2010

Food Storage Friday: Falafel

According to wikipedia, a falafel is a fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas or fava beans. We're going to bake our falafels which we've made from this recipe here.

Chickpeas are so versatile. Between hummus and falafel I think I have a new favorite bean.

Brittany made something like this before: chickpea patties, but this is just a little different. And we can never have too many bean recipes.

Ingredients: pancake mix, lemon juice, olive oil, baking powder, chickpeas, cumin, coriander, garlic powder (missing items: salt, pepper, flaxseed)

and....parsley! You can use dried parsley if you don't have a plant. Parsley is one of the easiest herbs to grown. It's like basil...you just can't kill it.

Flaxseed is a great staple to have in your kitchen. You can even use it as a egg substitute.

Coriander are the seeds of the cilantro plant.

The LDS Cannery makes this pancake mix. It's delicious, but uses an egg.

I'm of the opinion that if you are using an egg, you might as well make the entire pancake from scratch. If I'm buying pancake mix all I want to do is add water. Is anyone with me?

Add all the ingredients to your food processor

And mix it around until it's a dough.

It will be easy to form. I made patties, but I think falafels are supposed to be balls...oops.

Layer on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes--a quick meal!

You can flip to ensure even browning, but I didn't bother. They are cooked all the way through even if it's not pretty.

Serve with flat bread or pita bread. Try topping with this delicious cucumber sauce. It would probably make a decent veggie burger too.

Enjoy feeding your family another beany meal!

adapted from fANNetastic Food

1/3 cup pancake mix
1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp dried coriander
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice

Add all ingredients to the food processor and mix until a dough is formed. Shape into flattened balls and bake at 400 degree F for 15 minutes.


* said...

We love flafel & make it all the time. Our kids love to eat it with ranch dressing. Mmmm.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great recipe to try.Thanks.