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Chickpea Waffles with Falafels

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These are the easiest Chickpea Waffles with Falafels you will ever make, made with toned or soaked chickpeas.

Savor the Crunch: Chickpea Waffles Topped with Falafels

Indulge in the goodness of chickpeas with these waffles and falafels

Introduction to Chickpea Waffles with Falafels

Imagine starting your day with a plate of chickpea waffles, a savory twist to the traditional breakfast favorite. Chickpea flour serves as the cornerstone of this innovative dish, offering both a punch of protein and a delightful crunch. These waffles aren’t just a creative culinary creation; they’re a powerhouse of nutrition, packed with fiber and plant-based goodness. It’s a fusion that elevates the morning routine, blending the comfort of waffles with the zest of Mediterranean cuisine— a feast for the taste buds and a nourishing start to any day.

The main points to remember regarding these Chickpea Waffles Topped with Falafels:

  • Nutritional Tang: Chickpea waffles offer significant protein and fiber.
  • Culinary Fusion: A combination of traditional breakfast with Mediterranean flavors enriches the dining experience.
  • Versatility in Breakfast: These waffles provide a unique and customizable base for a variety of toppings.

Gathering Your Ingredients for These Chickpea Waffles with Falafels

  • 2 Cups Chickpeas: The star, for both waffles and falafels, is packed with protein and fiber.
  • 1 chopped Red Onion: Adds a sharp taste and antioxidants to the falafels.
  • 2 cloves of Garlic: Offers a punchy flavor and heart-healthy compounds.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cumin: Provides warmth and aids digestion.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Paprika or Chili Powder: Brings a hint of heat and metabolism-boosting properties.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder: For leavening, to ensure light, fluffy waffles.
  • ½ Cup of Coriander: Fresh taste and detoxifying benefits.
  • Salt & Pepper: Essential seasonings to enhance overall taste.
  • 1/3 Cup of Chickpea Flour: Gluten-free binding agent, rich in protein and fiber.
  • Eggplant: For crispy topping, high in fiber and low in calories.
  • Cucumber: Hydrating addition with a crisp texture.
  • Tzatziki: Cool, creamy sauce offering probiotics for gut health.
  • Red Cabbage: Colorful and vitamin-packed for a nutritious crunch.
  • Lime or Lemon Juice: A zesty finish, full of vitamin C.

Preparing your Chickpea Waffles with Falafels

  1. Soak chickpeas overnight if they are dried, ensuring they’re well-swelled and tender; this step is crucial for a smooth waffle batter.
  2. Drain the soaked chickpeas thoroughly, or if using canned chickpeas, rinse them to remove excess sodium and starch.
  3. Blend the chickpeas with chopped onion, garlic, coriander, and spices until the mixture is smooth for the first cup, to create the base of your batter.
  4. Mix the remaining chickpeas by pulsing them in the blender to add texture, keeping some bits noticeable for a satisfying bite in your waffles.
  5. Transfer the chickpea mixture into a large bowl, and fold in the baking powder, more coriander, and chickpea flour to create a coherent batter.
  6. Preheat your waffle iron to the recommended temperature to ensure your waffles will cook evenly and obtain that desired golden crust.
  7. Pour the batter into the waffle maker and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions, until the waffles are crispy and browned.

Mastering the Falafel Mixture

  1. Blend chickpeas and spices: Begin by placing your onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, paprika or chili powder, and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until combined. Add one cup of chickpeas and blend until smooth, ensuring even flavor distribution.
  2. Add texture: Introduce the remaining chickpeas to the smooth blend, pulsing a few times. Your goal is a textured mixture that holds together without being too fine.
  3. Incorporate dry ingredients: Transfer the mixture to a bowl and sprinkle in chickpea flour and baking powder. Mix with a spoon until ingredients are evenly distributed within the coarse mixture.
  4. Form falafel balls: Using your hands, shape the mixture into tight balls or patties, depending on your preference. The consistency should be malleable and not too sticky or dry.
  5. Cook until golden: Heat a pan with oil over medium heat. Carefully place the balls into the hot oil and fry until they turn a golden brown hue, which indicates a crispy exterior and fully cooked interior.
  6. Serve with zest: Finish by squeezing a bit of lime or lemon juice over the hot falafels for a refreshing zest, complementing the rich spices.

Assembling the Ultimate Waffle Plate

  1. Preheat your waffle maker: You want it hot and ready so that as soon as your chickpea batter is mixed, you can start creating those crispy waffles.
  2. Prepare your chickpea waffles: Scoop your batter onto the waffle iron. Close the lid and cook until the waffles are golden and crisp. This usually takes about 5 minutes, depending on your appliance.
  3. Cook falafels: While waffles are cooking, fry your pre-prepared chickpea balls in a separate pan until they’re nicely browned and heated through.
  4. Slice your vegetables: Thinly cut the red onion and cucumber for a refreshing crunch, and shred the red cabbage for a splash of color.
  5. Layer the toppings: Start assembling by placing your chickpea waffles on a plate. Top with the crispy slices of eggplant.
  6. Add falafels and veggies: Nestle warm falafels atop the eggplant, then scatter over your sliced onion, cucumber, and shredded cabbage for a mix of textures and fresh flavors.
  7. Drizzle with tzatziki: Generously spoon tzatziki over everything. Its cool and creamy taste complements the spices in the waffles and falafels perfectly.
  8. Serve immediately: Enjoy this vibrant concoction promptly, while the waffles are warm and the contrast of temperatures and textures is at its best.

Let’s Wrap It Up with a Zesty Twist

We urge you to play with your chickpea waffles and falafel medleys. Whether it’s a hearty breakfast, a refreshing lunch, or even dinner, this dish adapts with ease. Remember, the joy comes from infusing new tastes into well-loved shapes. Don’t be shy, mix, match, and savor the innovation on your plate. Embrace the adventure each time you cook, and let your taste buds celebrate the exciting twists on tradition.

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Craving a new twist on your classic waffles? You must try these Chickpea Waffles topped with delicious falafels. A perfect blend of savory and hearty that will surely satisfy your tastebuds.

  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings depending on the size of the Waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Easy

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups Chickpeas
  • 1 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika/ Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup Coriander
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup Chickpea Flour

Instructions

  1. If you are using dried chickpeas then make sure you soaked it overnight to ensure it absorbed enough liquid to swell and soften.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. If you are using canned chickpeas then drain and set aside.
  4. Combine the chopped onion, garlic, coriander, and spices.
  5. Blend till mixed well.
  6. Add 1 cup of chickpeas and blend until smooth.
  7. Add in the remaining chickpeas and pulse to form a mixture with texture.
  8. Place the mixture in a large bowl and sprinkle in the baking powder, dhania, and flour.
  9. Mix it in with a spoon.
  10. You will have a coarse mixture.
  11. Scoop out the mixture and shape into balls.
  12. Fry on a medium heat until golden brown.
  13. Serve with a squeeze of lime/ lemon juice over the falafels and enjoy.
  14. Scoop out the falafel mixture and cook in the waffle maker.
  15. Add your toppings and enjoy.

Notes

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 waffle
  • Calories: 124
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Sodium: 391.7 mg
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.4 g
  • Fiber: 5.6 g
  • Protein: 6.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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