Falafel is an all-round crowd pleaser. No matter where we've been in the world, we always seem to find people enjoying this delicious dish. And although we've eaten and enjoyed our fair share of fresh pittas stuffed with fried falafel & hummus, we wanted to create a slightly healthier version of our long-time favourite.
So in an effort to make a bloat-free falafel experience, we swapped the deep-frying for the oven and have sprouted our chickpeas for easier digestion! If you want to know more about sprouting, we created this guide on the blog earlier this month. Dried chickpeas are easy to sprout in a jar and should take between 1-3 days. If you don't have time for this stage, it is possible to make the falafel with non sprouted chickpeas. For best results, use raw and dried chickpeas that have been soaked overnight - we don't recommend using tinned chickpeas!
We normally make big batches of these burgers and store them in the freezer. This makes such an easy dinner or lunch for those busier times in life. Feel free to double the quantity of ingredients if you plan to do this too!
Ingredients (Makes roughly 12 burgers)
3 onions, diced
4-5 garlic cloves, chopped finely
3 cups of sprouted chickpeas (so that shoots just poke out - as in photo)
1 tablespoon of chia seeds + 4 tablespoons of water (egg replacement)
1 cup of grated courgette
A handful of sage, rosemary & thyme
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Black pepper to season
1. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix your chia seeds & water. Set aside.
2. In a food processor, blend up the chickpeas into a course mixture. (See photo below for consistency).
3.In a pan, fry the onions with the rosemary/sage/thyme. Once the onions are golden, add the garlic and fry for 1 minute. Turn off the heat.
4.In a large bowl, combine the ground chickpeas, the fried onion mix and the rest of the ingredients (chia seed mixture, grated courgette, paprika, salt & pepper).
5.If you have time, you can put your mixture in the fridge until you need it. This will make the burgers easier to shape but is not necessary if you can't wait!
6. Grease a large baking tray (or use baking paper) and shape the mixture into burgers on the tray. Cook in the oven on gas mark 6 for 20-30 minutes. The falafel will be ready when they begin to turn golden and are slightly crispy. (See the final photo!).
7. Serve with tahini, hummus, salad, in wraps or however you desire. Enjoy!