Mini Falafel With Dips

Mini Falafel With Dips

Posted 2015-03-27 by Jac's Vegheadfollow
Hot balls of fluffy falafel are great eaten with dip, placed into a pita for lunch or added to a salad for a healthy dinner! Some would say this is the original Turkish tapas dish and with hummus, capsicum dip or eggplant dip you can't go wrong!

Enjoyed with a fresh tomato and basil salad.

Preparation Time: 90 min (includes chilling time)
Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Makes: 2-4 servings

½ cup roughly chopped white onion
3 garlic cloves
1 cup legumes (chickpeas, butter beans etc.)
½ cup lightly packed parsley leaves
½ cup lightly packed basil leaves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon chilli flakes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup all-purpose flour
Oil, for sauteing
Pita bread, dip , salad and other tapas dishes to serve.

I chose lentils and butter beans today.

  • Place the onion and garlic into a food processor and pulse until they are finely minced. Remove and set aside in a bowl.

  • Pour the cooked legumes, parsley, basil, salt, chilli and cumin into the processor and pulse until roughly blended but not pureed.

  • The mixture should be wet but not sticky.

  • Pour into the bowl with the onion mixture and stir in the baking powder and just enough flour so that the mixture combines to form a ball but is not sticky.

  • Cover the falafel mixture with cling wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  • While the falafel mixture is chilling, prepare your dips. Today I made beetroot dip, tzaziki and hummus but store bought ones are also fine.

  • When the falafel mixture is chilled, use a spoon to form balls. 2 Tablespoons per ball for mini's or 4 Tablespoons if you want large balls. Add more flour at any point if the mixture is too wet to scoop.

  • Mini falafel frying away.

  • Pour enough oil to fry into a large pan and turn the heat up. Once hot add the falafel one by one, browning them for 3 minutes, then flipping them over and browning the other side.

  • Transfer each mini falafel to a paper towel-lined wrack and season with salt. Repeat until you have cooked all of the falafel.

  • Arrange on a plate for an easy tapas dish.

  • Enjoy the mini hot falafel with dips as a tapas dish or place three or four larger falafel inside warm pita bread with salad and dips for lunch or dinner.

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