Falafel are delicious balls of chickpeas and herbs, typical from Middle Eastern cooking. Chickpeas provide plant-based proteins and natural fiber which may help in weight maintenance, improve digestion, and reduce the risk of disease. Parsley and cilantro are excellent sources of vitamins A, K and folic acid, essential for healthy cell growth.
- 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and well drained
- 1 cup loaded with fresh parsley leaves
- 1 cup loaded with fresh cilantro leaves
- ½ cup chopped green onion
- 1/3 cup lightly blended oat flakes
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon cumin powder
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 5 tablespoons oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor or blender, place all the ingredients except the oil. Pulse until the mixture reaches a coarse crumb texture. Turn off and clean the processor walls and integrate it with the rest of the preparation. Transfer the mixture to a sealed container and refrigerate for 45 minutes to an hour. Then with a spoon take portions of the preparation and form meatballs, place them on a tray with parchment paper and gently flatten it slightly with your hand. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat until it shimmering. Carefully place the falafel and cook them for 2-3 minutes on each side, until they are quite brown. Serve them immediately when they are hot. Raw patties can be frozen.