Falafels

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on March 21, 2018.
Recipe compliments of Ako Kifuji from DaSpot Health Foods and Juices.

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Ingredients:

Falafels

  • 1/2 cup dried garbanzo beans, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups fresh Chinese parsley, chopped
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 5 sprigs fresh dill
  • 2/3 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes or to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Directions:

In a food processor, put the garbanzo beans, parsley, mint, dill, green onion, and onion; process until a rough, coarse meal forms. Scrape down sides and process until the mixture is similar in texture between couscous and a paste. Transfer mixture into a bowl and add spices. Roll into 1 1/2-inch balls and deep fry in oil until brown. Makes 50 falafels.

Tip: Garbanzo beans, also known as chick peas, are full of protein and dietary fiber, which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per 2 small Falafel:
70 calories, 6 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 300 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 1 g protein

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