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{recipe} sprouted Canadian-grown chickpea falafels

19 Aug

 

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When Shira McDermott and Janna Bishop created GRAIN, they stimulated new conversations about Canadian-grown grains. From wheat berries to chickpeas, these products have captured the hearts and minds of local chefs.

 

Our team loves combining brilliant local chefs with delicious local products. We are grateful for the thoughtful recipes that emerge. This new falafel recipe is our third post that features GRAIN. Our first post was by Chef Charles Macurdy featuring Canadian quinoa stuffed squash with sage brown butter.

 

Our second post featured Chef Annabelle-Choi (below) in an interview by Jasmine Lukuku. This post captured Annabelle’s story, her love of GRAIN and her legendary charcoal sourdough. We are delighted to share Annabelle’s incredible falafel recipe featuring sprouted Canadian chickpeas by GRAIN. 

 

Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

Sprouted Chickpea Falafels

Ingredients

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Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

 

1 cup sprouted chickpeas*

 

1/2 medium onion, diced

 

1 clove garlic, crushed

 

1 tbsp parsley, chopped

 

2 tbsp cilantro, chopped

 

1/4 tsp cayenne

 

1/2 tsp ground cumin

 

1/2 tsp ground coriander

 

1/4 tsp ground cardamon

 

1/2 tsp baking powder

 

3 tbsp water

 

1/2 tbsp all purpose flour

 

4 tbsp grape seed or canola oil

 

 

Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

 

Directions

1)  In a food processor or meat grinder, process sprouted chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro just until mealy but not completely blended, as you want enough texture in your falafel and not just a ball of mush. Transfer into a medium mixing bowl.

 

Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

 

2) Next, mix your spices together in a small bowl and sprinkle over your falafel mix, using a wooden spoon to mix in the spices.

 

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Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

 

3) After you have mixed your batter, cover with cellophane and rest in the fridge for about an hour.  This will help create some structure to your falafel balls during frying.

 

Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

 

4) Have a sauce pan or a deep sautéing pan on your burner over medium to high heat, add your oil and let it come up to frying temperature.  Make sure the oil does not come to a smoking point. If this happens, take it off your element and let it cool slightly, and lower your temperature.  

 

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Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

 

5)  Using an ice cream scooper, a spoon, or your hands, create 2 inch balls and place them gently into the hot oil.  Press down slightly on each ball with the back of your spoon or a spatula.  After a couple minutes or so, flip them to the other side and continue to dry until golden brown.  This should take about 6 – 8 minutes.

 

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Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

 

6) Transfer fried falafel balls to a wire rack to cool down, so they can continue to crisp up.

 

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Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

 

7) After a 5 min rest, you can eat them right away, or fridge them and bake when you are ready to eat them!

 

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Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

How to Sprout Chickpeas

 

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Photo Credit: Photography By Leah

 

To sprout chickpeas, take dried chickpeas and soak overnight, making sure you leave double the amount of room/water as the chickpeas will more than double in size.  Next day, drain and rinse chickpeas, place in a mason jar and use a leftover lemon bag and the jar lid to create a screen.  Turn over the jar and tilt it into a bowl overnight.

 

The next day the chickpeas should have what looks like a start of a white tail.  If not, rinse and drain again a couple times, and leave it for another day on your counter tilted with the mouth at the bottom again.  

 

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We hope you enjoy experimenting with sprouted Canadian chickpeas! They are packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

You can find GRAIN in various gourmet food shops in Vancouver. You can also find these fine products in Saul Good Gifts: Kitchen sink and Superior staples (below).

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About the Photographer

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Leah Villalobos Bartok is a mother, hiker and lifestyle photojournalist. She has a unique ability to document stories and capture personalities.   

 

View more of her work on Instagram: @photogbyleahv and browse through her site www.photographybyleah.ca