falafel (makes 9):
1 1/2 cups dry chickpeas
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped white onion
7 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp gluten-free oat flour
1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
1 Tbsp ground cumin
Pinch ground cardamom
1 tsp ground coriander
Pinch cayenne pepper
Olive oil for pan frying
Drain and lightly rinse chickpeas and dry thoroughly. Let them dry out for a few hours.
Once dry, add parsley, onion, and garlic to a food processor. Mix until well processed. Set aside.
Once the chickpeas are slightly cooled and dried, add to the food processor, along with gluten -free oat flour, salt, cumin, cardamom, coriander, and cayenne (optional). Mix to combine thoroughly, scraping down sides as needed. This may take up to 4-5 minutes to fully incorporate all of the spices and herbs. You're looking for a near paste with only very small bits of chickpeas and herbs.
Sample a small bit and adjust spices/salt/herbs as needed. Then cover and set in the refrigerator for 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the texture to become firmer.
Once cooled, remove from refrigerator and scoop out 1 1/2 Tbsp amounts (using this scoop or a Tablespoon) and gently form into small discs using your hands. If the falafel isn't sticking together the mixture may need to be blended more thoroughly, or dusted with a bit more oat flour if too wet.
Once your falafel's are formed (9 total), heat a large metal or cast-iron skillet over medium/ medium-high heat. Once hot, add enough oil to create a thin layer on the bottom of the pan and wait 1-2 minutes for the oil to heat up. Then place only as many falafel as will fit comfortably in the pan and cook 2-3 minutes on each side. Once the bottom side is browned, flip gently as they can be fragile. Continue until all falafel are cooked. Adjust heat as needed if they're browning too quickly, or aren't cooking quickly enough.
You can enjoy these falafel's on their own, with hummus, hot sauce, or how ever you'd like! I added them to my coconut tomato pasta recipe and they were amazing (recipe is on my dinner page).
To freeze, pan fry falafel and let cool. Then add to a freezer safe container and freeze up to 1 month. Reheat in a 375 degree F (190 C) oven until warmed through.