I have recently discovered the wonders of middle eastern food! I love Hummus,stuffed cabbage rolls,and falafel. We have a really great local middle eastern restaurant...but i wanted to make my own Falafel at home. It turned out really good...and was relatively simple to make! This Falafel is baked instead of fried, and made to be Gluten Free.
Makes 24-25 inch and a half falafel balls
3 cups dried garbanzo beans, soaked at least overnight but up to 12 hours
OR 2 – 15 oz. cans of garbanzo beans (I go with the canned)
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/2 sweet onion (about 3/4 cup), roughly chopped
1/2 cup chopped parsley
3 Tablespoons GF rice flour or quinoa flakes
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt/black pepper to taste
+ water IF necessary to even out the texture (like 1/4 – 1/3 cup)
1.Dump all ingredients into your food processor and grind well. You want to create an even texture of the chickpeas.
2.Preheat your oven to 350F.
3.Roll in to balls and place on a piece of parchment or a silicone baking mat.
4.Bake for 15- 18 minutes or until golden on the outside and crispy.
5. Serve with some Tahini or make your own GF pita bread...I haven't gotten to tackle that yet:)