Friday, June 18, 2010

"almost fallafel" chickpea balls

You will most definitely want to keep reading if you would like to find out how to go from this:

can of chickpeas
to THIS:
"almost fallafel" chickpea balls with tahini sauce drizzle

"almost fallafel" chickpea balls

  • 1 can chickpeas drained (reserve about 1-2 tbsp liquid)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour (I used all purpose GF)
  • 2 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • cumin & pepper to taste
  1. Drain the chickpeas, but set aside about 1-2 tbsp of the liquid. Mash your chickpeas with a potato masher - or you may use your food processor to get them more smooth.
  2. Chop your onion and garlic, add all of your spices
  3. Add the reserved liquid and flour
  4. Form into approximately 10 balls
  5. Spritz your frying pan with olive oil - preheat pan to medium heat
  6. Cook chickpea balls until brown on all sides (kind of like making meatballs on the stove top)
  7. serve with tahini sauce drizzle

Tahini Sauce Drizzle

  • 1 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • approximately 3 tbsp water (just enough to thin it out to your liking)
  • lots of garlic and pepper

Combine all ingredients and enjoy served over "almost fallafel" chickpea balls.

chopped onion

pre-cooked fallafel balls

money shot

browning evenly on all sides

You know these bad boys are screaming EAT ME!

"almost fallafel" chickpea balls served with a side salad and balsamic vinaigrette

If you have never tried capers, I suggest going and getting some.
This was a great alternative for someone (like me) who cannot have "regular" fallafel. I really enjoyed EVERYTHING about this lunch. It was so pretty - fresh ingredients and so many colors!
Garage saling was an epic fail - I try really hard to get into garage sales, but I just can't ever bring myself to buy anything. I did, however, find blank cards from Target for fifty cents! I write a lot of cards - thank yous, notes to students, friends, etc. - so those will come in handy! I tried sitting outside this afternoon, but it is just far too hot outside. Guess it's an inside day for me!
I am going to a Father's Day brunch on Sunday - does anyone have a good vegan breakfast casserole I could bring? and What are you getting your dad for Father's Day?


  1. they look great!!! I know my girls would love them!!

  2. wow - if i ever get some stability with home and stuff, i will try that recipe. so great. have u ever seen ? she is vegan so might appeal to your skills.
    i cannot believe u teach 5th grade. i love the Percy Jackson story...but haven't read beyond the first (no money). I finished a Wally Lamb book recently and one now am perusing a self-helpish type one. i love reading.
    i dont live near my father...and we're not close. but i will send him well wishes.

  3. YUM!! These look really good!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! It's nice to hear from someone else that lives in IL!!! We live in Northern IL, just about 90 minutes from downtown Chicago!

  4. @theemptynutjar Yeah, I love my job - I also do love that I get the summers off! Plenty of time to cook and play around!