Still in my falafel phase...I found this recipe on sproutedkitchen.com and thought it could be tasty. I did have left-over quinoa so this would be a good way to use it up.
Measuring out the quinoa
Remember the time I went gung-ho at the farmer's market, and bought green onions the size of my head?Oh yeah. That time.
Blending all the ingredients up.
Sesame seeds, cumin and coriander add a really great touch to the recipe
Toasting the sesame seeds to enhance their flavor
So this is what it all looks like once blended up - quinoa, chickpeas, sesame and all
Toasting my falafel patties
Sure - these didn't taste like Mamoun's, but, I liked the unique addition of quinoa. They were still very good - in a pita, or on top of some romaine with some cilantro-yogurt sauce.
Quinoa Falafels (serves 4, or, lunch for the whole week!), adapted from sproutedkitchen.com, which was adapted from cookingafterfive.com
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions (about 3, or 1 huge one)
- 1 can garbanzo beans
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 2 tsp. coriander
- 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until the liquid is absorbed (depends on the type of quinoa - so check your box instructions). Set aside to cool.
In a blender, or a food processor (or faux food processor), pulse the green onions, chickpeas, sesame seeds, lemon juice, garlic cloves, coriander and cumin.
Add the quinoa and pulse until it is chunky-ish. Set in the fridge for about an hour or so.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat with 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Scoop the mixture out in about 2 tbsp. size portions, roll, and flatten into patties. Sear them in a saucepan for about 3 minutes on each side. If the pan gets dry, add more olive oil between batches.
I ate mine over a bed of romaine lettuce with the same yogurt-cilantro sauce I made with the baked falafel. I also threw in some tomatoes and diced cucumbers. You could also put these falafels into pita bread.
Any which way you do it, they are delicious!