Today we share the Falafel or spiced chickpea meatballs, a vegetarian meal that will make it easier to incorporate legumes into the children's diet.
Falafel, a healthy alternative for dinner or children's meals, which can be a rich filling for pita bread or served with yogurt sauce and salad.
Arabic food has a very nutritious recipe book and little by little more will be known about it.
- 250 gr. raw or precooked chickpeas
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 medium carrot
- Chopped parsley, salt and pepper
- Chickpea, wheat or corn flour for coating
For the sauce:
- 1 natural yogurt / 3 pickles
- 1 cloves of garlic / Capers and herbs.
How to prepare the falafel or chickpea meatballs:
1- The first, if you use raw chickpeas, let them soak overnight.
2- Drain the chickpeas and take them to the blender. Beat until a paste forms.
3- Add the chopped onion, the carrot in pieces, the garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Beat again.
4- When you get a homogeneous paste, let it rest for about two hours, so that the flavors mix and intensify.
5- With the help of a large spoon or with your own hands, shape the dough into small meatballs. It can also be shaped into oval or round croquettes.
6- Pass the meatballs through the chosen flour, one by one.
7- Fry the meatballs in plenty of hot oil.
8- When they brown, remove them from the pan and let them drain on absorbent paper.
A healthier version of falafel is to cook them in the oven instead of frying them. If you want to make them at the moment, you can use canned cooked chickpeas, thus avoiding soaking the day before.
But make sure you rinse them well and let them dry so they aren't damp.
How to prepare the yogurt sauce:
1- Chop the pickles, capers and garlic well.
2- In a bowl, mix everything with the yogurt and herbs. Our sauce is already made!
Falafel is recommended to be served with a mixed salad, or as a filling for pita bread or in a doner-kebab.