Falafel is a middle eastern food that is eaten with a pita bread, some lettuce, red onions and tomatoes and finally a drizzle of tzatziki sauce. I prefer to just eat falafel plain, or maybe with a bit of tzatziki sauce or hummus on the side. Sometime I toss them in a green salad with a tzatziki dressing.
Garbanzo Beans aka chickpeas are highly consumed beans next to Kidney beans . Chickpeas are high in folate and low in cholesterol . Packed with protein they keep you full longer and the need to snack in between will slowly diminish.
2 cups of boiled chickpeas (reserve the liquid)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tsp of dried lemon powder or juice
3 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp coriander powder
1 green chili chopped finely
1/2 tsp garlic finely chopped
2 tbsp. of corn starch
2 tbsp of reserved chickpea liquid
1 Pre heat the oven at 400F .
2 in a food processor , combine all the above ingredients , except the water and corn starch . pulse to combine.
3 Add the chickpea liquid and the dough sticks together and does not crumble.
4 Scoop out and make small balls and place in on a greased parchment paper
5 Bake at 400F for 20 minutes ,turning the falafel after 10 minutes.
6 Serve hot , it will be crispy outside and soft inside