Ingredients for 20 falafels
- 4 cups garbanzo, drained and air-dried
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups fresh parsley, chopped and packed
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped and packed
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- Coating (optional but the macronutrient count includes them)
- 1 1/2 cups garbanzo crumbs (OR panko crumbs OR wheat breadcrumbs)
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- Tahini sauce
- 3 tablespoons raw tahini
- 2/3 cup warm water
- juice from 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon garlic, freshly minced
- pinch of sea salt & pepper to taste
Rinse and drain canned chickpeas. Pro-tip: after draining, spread the chickpeas on a paper towel or large towel on your kitchen table or countertop. Let the chickpeas air-dry for about 1 hour before placing in the food processor.
Add all the ingredients for the batter to a food processor. PULSE blend until the batter is crumbly but sticks together when tightly packed. Empty the contents into a bowl and place in the fridge for 15 – 20 minutes.
Set air-fryer to 400F.
Use an ice-cream scooper to scoop out each falafel batter, then pack it in and form it into a round, solid ball. Repeat. Note: after you form these into balls you can move forward and place them in the air fryer – just spray them with avocado oil – for the same cooking time. If you want a crispy, crunchy coating like the original recipe, then add the coating.
Dip each ball in egg, then in the crumbs, then place it in your air-fryer basket. If you’re cooking this in batches, ONLY coat the falafels before they go into the air-fryer to prevent the crumbs from softening. Before cooking in the air-fryer, spray with avocado oil. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes.
Mix together the ingredients for the tahini sauce.
Allow them to cool, then enjoy with the tahini sauce. One of my favorite ways to enjoy them is on a warm wheat pita with tahini sauce, mixed greens and a roasted tomato.
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