Fakeaway: Clean-Eating Falafels
Falafels are spicy chickpea cakes, traditionally served with pitta breads and salad. In this clean-eating falafel recipe, the chickpea patties are served with wholemeal pitta breads, fresh salad and a drizzle of natural yoghurt. These pitta’s make a surprisingly filling, and super-healthy, dinner.
Falafels are highly nutritious. They are also very filling and provide a sustained source of energy for the body. Chickpeas contain protein and complex carbohydrates. They are an excellent source of fibre and are considered to be well-tolerated by people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and are also beneficial for diabetics.
- Preheat the grill to a medium heat setting.
- Add the onion, carrot, garlic and seasonings to a food processor and blend until roughly shredded. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the vegetables into a bowl).
- Add the drained chickpeas into the food processor with the vegetables and blend again until the chickpeas are broken up but still retain a little bit of texture. (If you are manually making your falafels, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher).
- Carefully remove the blade and form the mixture into 8 round patties. Place each falafel on a greased sheet of foil and brush with oil.
- Grill for 6-7 minutes on each side.
- While the falafels are grilling, toast your pitta breads.
- Serve the pitta breads stuffed with salad, add in your falafels and drizzle with natural yoghurt.