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Author Notes: One recipe and multiple way to serve. Could be prepared ahead of time and stored. Delicious appetizer, healthy lunch and diner, so many way to server. A crowd pleasing recipe! —Ishrat Jahan
- 1 pound Dry chickpeas/garbanzo beans, also canned chickpeas could be use
- .5 cups Finely chopped onion
- .5 cups Fresh chopped kale or frozen
- 3-4 pieces Garlic cloves ( I prefer) them toasted)
- 1.5 tablespoons Flour
- 1 and 3/4 teaspoons Salt
- 2 teaspoons Cumin seeds (toasted is better is possible)
- 1 teaspoon Ground Corriander
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Paper
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch Ground cardamom
- 1 or 2 Fresh Green Chilies (Optional)
- Vegetable oil for frying (grape seed, canola, and peanut oil work well)
- Pour the chickpeas into a large bowl and cover them by about 3 inches of cold water. Let them soak overnight. They will double in size as they soak – you will have between 4 and 5 cups of beans after soaking. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans well. Pour them into your food processor along with the chopped onion, garlic cloves, kale, flour, salt, cumin, ground coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper, green chilies and cardamom.
- Fill a skillet with vegetable oil to a depth of 1 ½ inches. I prefer to use cooking oil with a high smoke point, like grape seed or peanut oil. Heat the oil slowly over medium heat. Meanwhile, form falafel mixture into round balls or slider-shaped patties using wet hands or a falafel scoop. I usually use about 2 tbsp. of mixture per falafel. But size could be varied depending on your personal preference. The balls will stick together loosely at the beginning, but will bind nicely once they begin to fry.
- Note: if the balls won't hold together, place the mixture back in the processor again and continue processing to make it more paste-like and add 1-2 eggs to the mix
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Dark, Leafy Greens