These tasty fried fritters are perfect to serve as an appetizer or as a protein in a sandwich or wrap. It is typically served inside pita bread with hummus. I opted for a collard greens wrap with homemade tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, and cabbage. Roasted eggplant would be a nice addition.
2 C dried chickpeas
1 bunch of parsley
1 chopped onion
1/4th C finely chopped cilantro
4-6 cloves of garlic
1 tsp cumin
3 tbs lemon juice
- Soak the chickpeas overnight then drain. Do not use canned chickpeas!
- Mix soaked chickpeas, parsley, onion, cilantro, garlic, cumin, and lemon juice together in a food processor. Blend until thoroughly mixed, but not completely smooth.
- Mold the chickpea mixture into balls with two spoons and fry in avocado oil (used for high temperature cooking). Alternatively, you can use an ice cream scoop to form the balls. Fry until golden brown.
- Heat collard greens in oven or microwave until soft. Place falafel, chopped cabbage, tomatoes, and a dollop of tzatziki (recipe below) in the center of the greens. Roll like a burrito. Voila!
2 C greek whole milk yogurt
1 finely grated cucumber
2 cloves of minced garlic
2-3 tbs of fresh dill
1 tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Grate cucumber and mix ingredients together. Let chill for 1-2 hours.