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Super Crispy Falafel Bites

June 22, 2017

Super Crispy Falafel Bites are a high protein vegan snack or main and star of a Middle Eastern Feast.

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Super Crispy Falafel Bites / https://www.hwcmagazine.com

You are just going to love that first bite into that super crispy exterior and tender interior falafel and spices to make your taste buds tantalized.

Our super crispy falafel bites are gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and egg-free. The falafel bites are made with garbanzo (chick peas). Garbanzo beans are rich in protein and high in fiber and that prevents that huge spike in glucose after meals.

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These super crispy falafel bites were the perfect addition to our delicious Middle Eastern Feast. Stay Tuned to HWC Magazine (Healthy World Cuisine) as over the next 4 posts you are going to learn how to make everything you need to make this delicious vegan Middle Eastern Feast. Check out this spread! We have also made baba ganoush, rice and lentils, red pepper hummus, Tabbouleh, roasted vegetables, fresh vegetables, pita breads and pickled vegetables.

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It is not required, but having pita bread bigger than your head to share with family and friends is the best.  It makes for a fun and interactive dinner idea.  Pita breads and Middle Eastern flat breads are the perfect transport tool to get this delicious falafel from your serving dish into your mouth. Check out one of our favorite ways to serve the falafel. We tear off part of a pita bread and slather on some red pepper hummus and then top with a falafel, fresh and pickled vegetables and inhale!

What is your favorite way to eat falafel?

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We made our falafel with garbanzo beans (Chickpeas) in a can and dried them super good before adding them to our food processor.  Keeping this dish dry is the secret to the crispiness of this dish. I know that many of the recipes call for soaked garbanzo dried beans and lots of hassle but we wanted to 30 minute or less version.

Another secret to the crispiness is dunking the prepared falafels in gluten-free dried breadcrumbs just before frying.  The breadcrumbs give it a nice exterior crunch.

Traditional falafels have sesame seeds in the mix and that adds that toasty flavor and another dimension of texture.  While we are on the topic of sesame seeds do you know that seeds, nuts and nut oils can go rancid? They can and do, especially in humid climates.

Do you know how you know when your seeds, nuts or nut oil have gone rancid?

  • They smell bad. Seeds and nuts smell odd and rancid as the oils start to break down. Sesame seeds should smell toasty and deliciously earthy. Always smell your seeds, nuts or nut oils before using them.
  • White sesame seeds can turn slightly gray in humid climates.
  • Sesame seeds should taste nutty and earthy and if they are bitter then they may have gone bad.

Some ways that can help preserve your sesame seeds longer is to place them in the refrigerator or freezer.  If storing them in your pantry, be certain that they are in a sealed container and that no moisture can get in. The lesson here is always smells your sesame seeds before you use them.

A fun way to enjoy Meatless Mondays is with a quick and easy Super Crispy Falafel Bites. We like to make the falafel in the food processor in advance and then just take out a few to fry at at time. These Super Crispy Falafel bites are great for work lunches and picnics.

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Super Crispy Falafel Bites

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , ,   

June 22, 2017

Super Crispy Falafel Bites are a high protein vegan snack or main and star of a Middle Eastern Feast.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 12 Falafel

Ingredients

1 (15 ounce ) can garbanzo beans ( chickpeas) rinsed, drained and dried with paper towels.

1 small onion roughly chopped

3 cloves garlics peeled

¾ cup roughly chopped cilantro (coriander fresh). You can use both leaves and stems and even roots. Waste not want not.

2 tablespoons toasted white sesame seeds

2 teaspoons cumin

salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon zatar spice (optional)

1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

3.5 tablespoons cornstarch

gluten-free dried breadcrumbs

4 tablespoon olive oil or olive oil of choice for frying

Directions

1Add canned dried garbanzo beans, onion, garlic, fresh cilantro, sesame seeds, cumin, salt and pepper, zatar spice, ground coriander seeds to the food processor and blend until smooth. Add cornstarch and mix until well blended.

2Chill mixture in the refrigerator for at least up 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

3Place 1 heaping tablespoon of falafel mixture in your hands and form into a miniature round ½ inch thick patty. Makes about 12-14.

4Coat the falafel patties in the gluten free dried bread crumbs

5Place olive oil in a large frying pan and turn on to medium heat. Fry the falafels for about 3-4 minutes on each side until crispy. Drain falafel on a paper towel and Lightly season with salt.

6Enjoy!

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  • Mmmmm…..these crispy falafel bites sound terrific! Of course, Bill would run for the hills if I tried to serve them to him, so I’d just make a batch for my lunches! Love when I don’t have to share 🙂

    • I guess that is just more for us , right?! LOL Wishing you a super weekend Liz!

  • Hi Bobbi, how are you doing? Sorry I haven’t been visiting these days!

    It’s ironic that even though I’m living in the Middle East now, I don’t eat falafel as often because they are mostly deep-fried and not as healthy as I would like them to be. I love your pan-fried falafel option, looks healthier yet no sacrifice on the flavours!

  • Katerina

    yes, great minds do think alike! They are utterly delicious!

  • kitchenriffs

    Very cool dish! Lovely snack. Or Mrs KR and I would probably eat most of the batch for dinner! 🙂

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