Green Falafel Bowl With Butternut Hummus
Delicious, nutritious, and beautiful to look at, this green falafel bowl is perfect for a light lunch or dinner!
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Meet my hacked falafel platter – just 12 simple ingredients, 30-40 minutes to make and oh so delicious and wholesome.
Falafel are a Middle Eastern dish made from chickpeas or fava beans. They are usually fried until deliciously crisp, and served alongside hummus and tahini sauce. This is commonly known as a falafel plate.
The traditional recipe for falafel can be quite a process to make, involving deep frying and soaking dried chickpeas for hours. I decided to make a hacked version using tinned chickpeas and added instructions to help avoid the deep fryer. In my version we add kale, one of nature’s most nutrient-dense veggies, and pimp our hummus with the addition of gooey, slow-roasted, cumin spiced, butternut. When you can’t order take out from your favourite Middle Eastern restaurant, trust me, this is going to absolutely hit it out of the park with the family.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve four, or more.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What can I use instead of chia seeds?
Chia seeds act as the binder here and also help to keep the falafels moist. If replacing them add between 2-4 Tbsp of flour to the mixture after it has been through the food processor. Once the falafels can be easily formed into balls, without crumbling, you are ready to proceed with the next step. Flour is a great binder, but chia has the added benefit of keeping the falafels during cooking.
2-3 Tbsp of flax meal will also work well in place of chia seeds.
Can I freeze the falafel?
Shape your falafel then cook until golden brown as directed. Once cool, freeze. To reheat bring the falafel to room temperate and warm though in the pan with a little oil, the oven or air fryer.