Red Lentil Falafel


Geez I haven't posted any recipes in a bit. So sorry guys but seriously all the mommies out there...you know how hard it can be to commit to sitting still in front of a laptop with a lil nugget that needs your constant attention :) I actually have a bunch of recipes written down on bits of paper and notepads so hopefully I can post some more this week.

So...falafel...not something I eat on the regular. I think I've only tried it once. It is a traditional Middle Eastern dish usually made with chickpeas and or fava beans. I created this recipe because I was curious about how a lentil falafel would taste. Its pretty good! It is my first attempt so don't judge hahaha Gimme some feedback on your results. I didn't have enough fresh parsley at home though but the recipe below will state how much I actually wanted to use. This dish is seriously rich in Protein and Fibre. You could bake it instead of frying but...I'd rather not just 'cause I want that very satisfying crunch. It is perfect for snacking with some yogurt or sauce on the side or adding to salads and wraps. Enjoy!


INGREDIENTS

2 cups red lentils, soaked in water overnight

3 cloves garlic, finely diced

1/2 cup green onions, diced

1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely diced

1 tsp cilantro leaves, minced

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1 - 2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder

2 1/2 teaspoons cumin

1/4 tsp cardamom

1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1 large egg

canola oil for frying


METHOD
  1. Pour all the ingredients except the oil and egg in a food processor.

  2. Pulse the mixture till coarsely blended but not entirely smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary then mix in the egg thoroughly.

  3. Chill the mixture for about 40 minutes.

  4. Pour oil (about an inch high) in a frying pan over medium heat or preheat deep fryer to 350 F.

  5. Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls then gently press to flatten slightly.*

  6. Fry till golden brown on both sides, about a minute or less.

  7. Drain on paper towels.

RECIPE NOTES

*You may decide on the shape you want whether ball or disc shape.

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