Is falafel a comfort food for you? Yeah, me too! *raises hand* It always surprises me how delicious such a little ball of humble ingredients can taste so good. I love chickpeas in hummus, but other than that I’m often disappointed by chickpea dishes. But then again, perhaps hummus is the king/queen of chickpea products and I’m just expecting too much? Well, I can happily say that these falafels are pretty delicious too. Dare I say even better than some specific kinds of hummus?! (Ever had beet hummus? I’m personally not a fan haha).
Even though these falafels are baked in stead of fried, they don’t lack anything in flavor, because I added pistachio’s and fresh mint and cilantro to make up for it. So good!! The pistachio’s give them a nice crunch, and the mint and cilantro make them taste really fresh. These ingredients also give them a gorgeous green color, which you can even still see (especially on the inside) after baking!
Once you made them you can store them for a few days in the fridge (hello mealprep!), but they probably won’t last that long because they are reallllly good. You can eat them in a wrap with loads of veggies, a tahini garlic sauce, and a curry hummus (because I am extra and need two sauces haha), or you can just eat them as they are!
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- 5 to 10 gram fresh mint leaves (do not use the stems!)
- 15 gram fresh cilantro
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion
- 200 gram pistachio's without shell
- 1 can chickpeas (420 gram)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- zest of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cilantro (look for ketoembar in oriental grocery shops, or leave it out if you don't have it)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (not baking soda)
- salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon flour (if necessary)
- sesame seeds (optional)
- To assemble: tahini garlic sauce, curry hummus, loads of veggies and of course wraps!
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Put the mint, cilantro and garlic in a food processor and pulse until you only have small pieces left. Add the onion and pistachio's and pulse again, but this time make sure the pieces stay a little bigger.
- Finally, add all the other ingredients (except the flour) and pulse until a rough dough comes together. If it seems a little wet, add (a part of) the flour to the dough.
- Form 22 small falafels. For ease, I love doing this with an icecream scoop. Works like a charm everytime, and it ensures that all the falafels are approximately the same size.
- Place the falafels on a baking sheet and (optional) sprinkle some sesame seeds on top for an extra crunch. Bake the falafels for 15 to 20 minutes and turn them halfway (so after 7 to 10 minutes) to make sure they brown evenly.