Air-Fried Herby Falafels (freezer friendly) 🥙🥙🥙 by thevegansara served in a Pocketless Pita Bowl.
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These falafels are light on the inside & super crispy on the outside all served in a pocketless pita bowl. No deep or shallow frying needed. Also there is a surprise ingredient in this recipe Let me know if you find it 👀
What you need: 2 cups chickpeas (use approx 3/4- 1 cup dried chickpeas soaked overnight in a large bowl on kitchen counter, then dried thoroughly using a kitchen towel), 3 green onions roughly chopped, 2 cups firmly packed herbs using leaves and tender stems ( I used equal parts dill, cilantro, & parsley), 2 tsp coriander, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp cardamom, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup pumpkin purée (130 grams), 1-2 T of chickpea flour, 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt, neutral oil, package of flatbread/gyro bread/pocketless pita
Pocketless Pita Bowl: place pita in microwave 20-30 seconds so it becomes pliable. Using a small oven safe ramekin or bowl, gently drape pita over inverted bowl. Bake at 400 till warmed & holds its shape (approx 5 min)
For the Falafels: What you do:
🧡 Using food processor: Pulse chickpeas till they become finely chopped. Place chickpeas in a bowl set aside. Wipe container clean
🧡Add the herbs & seasoning & pulse till finely chopped/ leaving some texture. Next add puree, chickpeas, & chickpea flour. Pulse to mix evenly. Season to taste.
🧡Place In fridge 15 min to meld flavors
🧡Meanwhile, In a non-stick pan over med/low heat add panko & s/p, heat till golden, stirring occasionally being careful not to burn approx 5-7 min. Turn off heat.
🧡 Using a cookie scoop or spoon make falafel patties approx 1 T each. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Spray/brush both sides of falafel with a bit of neutral oil.
🧡 Next gently dredge each falafel with toasted panko from pan. Return to baking sheet. Makes approx 24 patties. If you are freezing your falafels- just place them in a freezer safe container.
🧡 Airfry at 370 F approx 15-18 min flipping half way through cook time. Cook falafels in batches. Enjoy!!