Crispy Homemade Falafel with Garlic Tahini Sauce

Homemade Falafel is SO much better! Learn how to make this deliciously crispy, light and fluffy chickpea fritter the right way, from scratch, with good wholesome and nutritious ingredients! It’s much easier than you think!

Homemade Falafel is SO much better! Learn how to make this deliciously crispy, light and fluffy chickpea fritter the right way, from scratch, with good wholesome and nutritious ingredients! It's much easier than you think!

For the longest time, I believed that falafel was extremely long and complicated to make. Pfft! I just didn’t know better… I guess it’s only because it’s not something I’m really used to making, for they were never really a part of my diet growing up. But eventually, once I got the hang of it, I came to realize that they are in fact extremely easy to make: just throw everything in the food processor and blitz away!

The only thing is that they do require a bit of planning, because the key to making good falafel is that you must absolutely, imperatively make them with dried, soaked but uncooked chickpeas. This is a case where you cannot cheat and get away with using the canned beans. Why? Because since the canned chickpeas have already been cooked, the starch molecules within them have pretty much been washed away in the cooking liquid, leaving the actual beans with very little binding power. If you try to grind them, form them into balls, and deep-fry them, they will invariably completely fall apart in the oil. Sure, there are ways to work around that, like adding flour or other binding agents to the mixture, but then the texture of the fritters will suffer big time! You end up with dense, pasty, almost doughy balls…

Trust me, starting with dry chickpeas and giving them ample time to soak is the only way to go! 

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White Beans Smoked Almonds Hummus

Fan of hummus? This White Beans Smoked Almonds Hummus is a stellar and delectable change from your traditional beloved chickpea dip. It’ll have you fall in love at first bite!

Fan of hummus? This White Beans Smoked Almonds Hummus is a stellar and delectable change from your traditional beloved chickpea dip. It'll have you fall in love at first bite!

Man do I ever love me a good hummus! I’m a serious fan. I might even be hummus’ number one fan, I dunno… All I know is I could never really be trusted alone with a bowl of this stuff. I’d be totally capable of eating the whole thing by the spoonful!

My ultimate favorite go-to recipe would be my famous Heavenly Velvety Smooth Hummus (Yikes! I should seriously consider revisiting that post!) but sometimes, I like to change things up a bit. Like adding a handful of olives to it, for instance…

In this present case, however, I went all out! I practically threw everything out the window. The chickpeas were given the boot and were replaced by their close cousin, the super creamy cannelli white bean. I then elected to throw in a generous amount of smoked almonds, which not only confer a delightful smokey flavor to the dip, but also contribute greatly to its super velvety, silky texture. A little bit of smoked paprika and chipotle powder totally sealed the deal and made this dip into a seriously delicious, yet super healthy snack!

But don’t take my word for it… I strongly suggest that you whip up your own batch, and the sooner the better!  continue reading

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