I know I know… I am about 5 years late with posting this waffle falafel recipe. It has been all over the American Food Blogs (Food Republic or Serious Eats) for the last few years, but I could not resist adding this recipe to my waffle series. I am hoping not to just have German waffle recipes but also a few Lebanese ones.
Basically its the healthy version of Falafel, as Falafel are traditionally deep fried, which combined with the hummus makes seem to be a little calorific for some of us. These waffle falafel are baked in my new waffle maker – so definitely a little healthier.
The question is are baked falafel as tasty as deep fried falafels? I would be lying to you if I said they are. I am a big fan of deep fried food and just the smell of them is enough to make my mouth water. However, these falafel make you feel so much better after you eat them. The only difference to the deep fried falafel are that they are a little drier, which sometimes makes it tricky to get them to stick together.
I looked at various falafel recipes but never had the right ingredients at home, so I decided to make up my own. I think the trick it to not be too ambitious and make the waffles too large, as when they are smaller it is easier to keep their shape.
- 2 cans of chickpeas (400 g), drained
- 1 handful of fresh flatleaf parsley
- 1 handful of fresh coriander
- 1 roughly chopped mild red chilli
- 2 gloves of garlic crushed
- 1 finely sliced red onion
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Add the parsley, coriander, chilli, garlic and onion to your blender and blend until you achieve a smooth paste.
- Now add in the chickpeas and blend to a fine mixture.
- Place mixture into a bowl.
- Add the cumin and flour, baking powder and mix well.
- Pour in the olive oil and try to create about 5 cm diameter balls with the mixture.
- Heat up your waffle maker and grease the plates with a little olive oil.
- Place a falafel ball in the middle and cook until you get a nice crispy brown colour.
- Serve with hummus