Falafel has been new to my diet in the past couple of years and it has become one of my favorite takeout foods. Until a couple of weeks ago I had never tried making it on my own. After finding this simple five ingredient recipe, I knew I needed to give it a whirl. Typically fried and made with chickpeas, this baked version made from lentils is a healthier twist on this popular Mediterranean dish.
recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum
- 2 cups cooked lentils
- 1 huge handful fresh cilantro
- half a jalapeño
- 1½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- a squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 tablespoons almond meal
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse all ingredients except almond meal in a food processor until combined. The mixture should form semi-dry crumbles that stick together when you press them.
- Stir in the almond meal – just one tablespoon at a time, until it’s just dry enough to handle. Form into 10 patties and bake for 18 minutes.
I served my falafel with roasted vegetables and kale chips.