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  • Writer's pictureSimone Martin

Sesame Falafels

Make falafel yourself? Less complicated than you think! Whether as a side dish, in a wrap, as a snack for for dipping - I have discovered the versatility of falafel in vegan cuisine for myself. They are a great component in all oriental spiced dishes. In the oven, the mix of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and spices transforms into crispy, yet soft, protein balls.

Sesam-Falafeln mit Beilage

Ingredients:


1 clove of garlic

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 jar of chickpeas

juice of half a lemon

2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp agave syrup (or other source of sweetness, e.g. datile syrup)

Chickpea flour (alternative: oatmeal or maize flour)

1 handful of fresh coriander leaves

Sesame seeds for coating


Preparation:


Chop the garlic and coriander leaves. Mix all ingredients except chickpea flour. If you have a blender, put everything in and puree the whole thing to a creamy mass. But it also works without a blender: just mash the chickpeas in a bowl with a fork. Then add as much chickpea flour until you get a mass that can easily be formed into balls by hand.


Then it's time to shape the balls. Tip: With wet hands, no dough will stick to your hands.

Optionally, you can roll the balls in sesame seeds to give them a nice coating.


Bake in the oven at 180 degrees celcius for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Personally, I love baking falafels in the oven. Not only do you need less fat than in a pan, you avoid the risk of burning and it's a gentler preparation overall.


Falafels make a great protein side dish for a variety of Middle Eastern dishes, with rice and vegetable sauces, or simply for dipping.


Alternative to chickpea flour: Instead of chickpea flour, you can also use oat flakes or corn flour. In this way you enrich the falafels with carbohydrates and they become a wholesome energy snack!


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