Crispy Sesame Falafels

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Here is my favourite Falafel recipe! They are so flavourful, hearty and filling, yet light and crispy.

I love sesame seeds but if you’re not a fan, feel free to leave them when rolling the mixture.

I like to fry my falafels but if you are looking for a lower calorie option, then baking them works too but they are a little dryer that way. I would suggest – baking them for 25-30 minutes (or until golden brown) at 180°C.

Important note – Do not, I repeat do not use canned chickpeas, they won’t turn out the same! If you are worried about the extra time it takes to soak your own chickpeas, trust me, it’s so easy and so not time-consuming. I soak mine (as per the packet instructions) right before I go to bed, and when I wake up I drain them and put them in the fridge until ready to use! Actually making the falafels is about a 15-20 minute process – no effort involved!

Another important note – When I say soaked dried chickpeas, I don’t mean soaked and boiled. Don’t cook your chickpeas. Only soak them. Cooking them will ruin the texture and we don’t want a mushy mess 🙂

Crispy Sesame Falafels

Servings 16 falafels
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chickpea Soaking Time 6 hrs
Total Time 20 mins

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Chopping Board
  • Knife
  • Small Saucepan
  • Measuring Utensils: 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup, tbsp, tsp and a 1/2 tsp

Ingredients

  • 1 dried chickpeas (soaked for 6-8 hours)
  • 1/2 fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp gluten free plain flour (or regular plain flour)

Extras (optional)

  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds (for rolling)
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  • Pour your frying oil of choice into a small saucepan about an inch deep and heat.
  • Add all your ingredients to a food processor and blend until finely ground.
  • Take heaped teaspoons of your mixture and form them into balls with your hands, then roll them in sesame seeds.
  • Gently place your falafel balls into your hot oil and fry them for about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Enjoy!

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