I was craving falafel so hard today (as most days it seems lately...) and I had to have it tonight. I still had greek beans leftover but I promised myself that I would finish those off tomorrow at lunch. I didn't feel like making falafel from scratch with chickpeas and chopped onions etc. I got home from a long day at work and I just didn't want to put that much effort into it. I wished I had one of those falafel mixes where you just add water. I didn't have any but I did have this...
Chickpea flour! All it is is ground up chickpeas. I figured that's what those pre-made falafel mixes are made from anyway. I went online and found a recipe by Bob's Red Mill here. Bingo. Exactly what I was looking for. So with a little chickpea flour, a few shakes of spices and baking soda mixed with some hot water and lemon juice I had falafel batter ready to go!
I cut the recipe in half and fried up 5 golden brown patties in sunflower oil.
While they were cooking, I made a quick tahini sauce with equal parts tahini, water, lemon juice and a dash of salt and garlic powder.
I stuffed them into whole wheat pita with lettuce, onions, pickles and drizzled them with the tahini sauce.
Mid bite. They were pretty good though I must be honest, not as good as homemade from cooked chickpeas. They were nice and crispy but a tad dry in the middle because of the chickpea flour. Not bad though. It worked very well for a craving and I'm glad I tried it!