It's Monday, a new week and new opportunities! Have you got any plans?
It is no secret that I am a lover of falafel - those crumbly texture vegetarian patties or crispy round things of deliciousness!
I have a go to recipe that I usually use, but lately, I have felt like trying out different recipes, just to life on the edge (...of chickpeas? ooOOoo scary stuff, naah *smirks*). Anywhooo, I saw these lovely little baked falafels over at Rose of the Clean Dish and I thought I had to have a go at these! I didn't have sesame seeds to roll them in though, so I used linseeds instead, but you can of course use whichever you desire - it's all good for you! These are also gluten-free, I know a lot of foodies are intolerant to gluten, so this it a green-light for you! But anyone can eat them, sooo good!
I decided to serve mine with tomato sauce, as I wasn't feeling too hungry come dinner time, I reckon they would be amazing in a wrap with plenty of hummous, greens and shredded vegetables, or maybe barbecue sauce and sour cream - mmm!
Gluten Free Seedy Baked Falafels
(Makes about 10)
400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 large egg
1/2 onion, or two shallots, chopped
A good handful parsley, torn (I didn't have this at hand, oops!)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp (sea)salt
2 tsp cumin
1/3 tsp cayenne
1 tbsp cocnut flour (can omit for any flour of choice)
1/3-1/2 sesame- or linseeds for rolling
Oil for greasing the baking tin
To serve: Pita bread, tortillas, sauces of choice, hummous, shredded vegetables - whichever comes to mind that you feel like combinging this with really!
- Start by pre-heating the oven to 180°C.
- In a bowl, have all the ingredients apart from the seeds and oil. Process in a food processor or with a stick blender until smooth, or make it into a slightly rougher texture if you prefer that.
- Oil a baking tray with about 2 tsp oil (I used extra virgin olive oil, but most cooking oils will do!). Place it next to your work "station", pour half of the linseeds onto a plate, and get ready to roll!
- Shape large walnut-sized balls with the falafel mixture and roll into the seeds, it doesn't have to be covered all over, just a neat layer. Once you're running low on seeds, top up with some more and continue untik you have 10-12 falafels.
- Place the baking tray in the middle of the oven and leave to bake for about 30 minutes, until golden. Serve up, and tuck in! These are perfect as part of a mezze.
Here, you can find recipes for hummous, baba ganoush, and pizza hummous. You can use any of these and some salad and have it with the falafel in wraps or flatbreads - yum!
What would you serve these up with?