I’ve seen and heard about falafels for years. They are a Middle Eastern dish made up of chickpeas and a variety of herbs and spices. After taking a rest for a couple hours (or overnight) in the fridge, the mixture is ready to be rolled into balls and dropped into hot oil and fried to perfection.
Hold up…that won’t work for me. Frying is almost non-existent in my house. I do however, use an air fryer, which has to be one of the best kitchen inventions…EVER!
I followed a random falafel recipe. Soaked my chickpeas overnight. Some of you might be unfamiliar with chickpeas. I know I was. I had consumed them at my favorite Indian restaurant. I even found them in the Indian spice shop I often go to.
Before I decided to make the falafels, I had purchased a large bag of chickpeas. Remember when I said I was unfamiliar with them? I had it in my head, I would just grind up the chickpeas and make my own gluten-free, chickepea flour. My food processor wasn’t up for the job. My little spice grinder hates me now. Who knew you had to soak the chickpeas first? OOPS!!!! Well, now I know and you should have gotten a chuckle from my culinary ignorance.
Back to the new-to-me dish. I looked up the cooking time for air fryer falafels. It was just 12-minutes, on 370 degrees, turning halfway through the cooking process.
I will say, I could kick myself for not trying these earlier. They were DELICIOUS!!!!!! Perfectly crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. I guarantee, these are on my permanent menu. They fall in line with my plant-based diet.
Note: depending on how many people will be eating these little crispy delights, you might want to halve the recipe if it’s just for a couple of you.