Mint & green pea falafel

 

When we first met I was super impressed by the fact that Anton was able to make falafel. It seemed like a very complicated dish, or at least that's what he wanted me to think. You see, the way to a woman's heart is by impressing her with cool stuff like making your own falafel.

Anyhow, because this is a dating advice column (Editor's note: Is it really?), we want to help you find your mr/mrs right by teaching you how to make your own falafel. The secret? It's really not hard at all.

But I learned this only years later, when I was already stuck with Anton. Like always, we recommend that you make this recipe with a glass of wine in your hand, some nice music in the background (maybe Amanda Bergmans brilliant album Docks?) and your date by the kitchen table so she/he can follow your every move and be super impressed. Just remember to point out how difficult it is every now and then. 

Good tricks for looking busy: Running around, sweating, cursing and sighing a lot. Good luck!

Mint & green pea falafel

40 min, Makes 10 falafel balls
Vegan, Gluten free

 

a can of pre-cooked chickpeas (drained weight 250 g)
a can of green peas (drained weight 200 g)
a large handful of pea shoots
a bush of fresh mint (two large handfuls of leaves) 
½ onion
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp almond flour
juice from half a lemon
a big pinch of salt

Turn your oven on to 200°C.

Drain the water from the chickpeas (you can also use dried chickpeas but then you have to soak them in water overnight, and that's a hassle no one wants) and mix them into a fine pulp in your food processor (or with a stick mixer).

Add the peas, pea shoots, mint and onion into the mix (if you have a small food processor like we do, just blend everything separately in small batches and then blend together with a spoon).

Pour everything into a bowl, add the olive oil, flour, lemon juice and a big pinch of salt. Mix until you feel satisfied.

It will feel quite dry and grainy, but don't worry about that! As soon as you start forming the falafel into balls you'll notice that it's quite sticky.

Form the falafel into balls by rolling them in your hands.

Place the evenly sized falafels on a baking tray and stick them in the middle of the oven at 200°C.

Bake them for 20-25min until they are light brown and golden, you might want to turn them around from time to time to get an even roast.

Enjoy them in a pita bread, with a simple sallad, some tabbouleh, or just crack them onto a sandwich with some hummus.

Have fun!