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Yes, absolutely! I have a delicious gluten-free vegetarian falafel recipe that I'm excited to share with you. Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish made from chickpeas or fava beans, and it's traditionally deep-fried to create a crispy exterior with a soft and flavorful interior. In this recipe, we'll be using chickpeas as the base and baking them instead of frying, making it a healthier option without compromising on taste.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 small onion, roughly chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour (such as chickpea flour or rice flour)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, gluten-free flour, cumin, coriander, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is well combined but still slightly chunky.
3. Using your hands, shape the mixture into small patties or balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake the falafel in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside.
5. Serve the falafel in pita bread or lettuce wraps, and top with your favorite vegan sauces and toppings, such as tahini sauce, hummus, fresh vegetables, and herbs.
This gluten-free vegetarian falafel recipe is not only delicious, but it's also packed with protein and fiber from the chickpeas. It's a great option for those following a gluten-free or vegan diet, or anyone looking for a healthier alternative to traditional falafel.
- If you prefer a smoother texture, you can process the mixture in the food processor for a bit longer.
- Feel free to customize the spices to suit your taste. You can add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat or experiment with other herbs and spices.
- Leftover falafel can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They can also be frozen for longer storage.
I hope you enjoy this gluten-free vegetarian falafel recipe! It's a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a main course, in sandwiches, or as a protein-packed snack. If you have any other questions or need more vegan cooking tips, feel free to reach out. Happy cooking!