Chickpea Falafel

I love chickpeas, they are so versatile, from hummus to delicious falafel. This recipe is quite simple and a quick and healthy meal in just minutes.  This mixture is also great for making vegan hamburger patties and sliders too.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: 

2 cups chickpeas (canned or cooked from dry beans)

1/3 cup water

1 tbsp. chopped cilantro

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/4 tsp. dill

1 tsp. turmeric

1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste 

pinch of celery seeds

Preparation: 

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Wash and pat dry the cilantro and mince the whole stem and leaves.

If using canned chickpeas rinse and drain well.

Heat a small pot with the chickpeas, water, and all spices on medium heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes until hot and spices are well coated. Take off heat and add in the cilantro.

Using a food processor or immersion blender pulse until the mix is mashed well. You may need to add a little water like 1-2 tbsp. It should feel pasty, but not stick to your fingers. If the mixture is too wet, add in a little flour.

Heat a saute pan up to medium heat with a little oil. Using a scoop or spoon ball out the mixture on the pan and try not to overcrowd them.  Cook on each side about 3-5 minutes, just until a little golden on each side.

Serve over pita bread and fresh cut vegetables, quinoa, couscous, or rice. Top with more fresh cilantro and enjoy.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! You can also connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest @noshchefjulie

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