We love falafel. The crispy outside and the soft inside, both melting in your mouth... Simply delicious! The fact that you basically deep fry them, can be easily forgotten when thinking of how easy they are in the making. And since it's "Meat free Monday" we thought this would be the perfect recipe to share with you guys.
Talking about being meat free, we think it is important to reflect on your eating habits. Especially those concerning ecological and ethical matters. Don't get us wrong, we do love meat! There are only a few things in life that can compete with a juicy steak or tender chicken breast, but we also believe that the actions of one person can change the world, even if it's just a very small part of it.
It's a fact, that mankind is eating way too much meat at the moment and with that amount of consumption comes a variety of problems. From the depletion of the ozone layer, to the cruel and disgraceful ways animals are often treated with and the destruction of small local businesses by huge international meat distributors, these are only a few of the many problems.
The appeal we're making to you is that you start thinking about how much meat you consume and if these amounts are really necessary. Once you realise you don't have to have one or more servings of meat every day, you'll see vegetables with different eyes. They're not only yummy, but also extremely versatile and super healthy of course! Your body will thank you. Since we're still human beings and one major characteristic of us is craving things, we want to point out that it certainly is OK to eat meat. Remember the juicy steak and tender chicken breast. But please make sure that when you buy meat, it is local and organic. The world and your body will thank you!
Anyways, here is the recipe for our delicious falafel, you'll need:
1 small can of cooked chickpeas
2 hand full red lentils
1 garlic clove
1 big onion
and a lot of parsley
Dice the onion and fry it until soft. Cook lentils until soft (takes about ten minutes). In the meantime you can blend the chickpeas and then add the lentils, onion, egg, garlic and parsley. Mash everything together and then using the flour, find the right texture. You'll want it to be sticky, but not runny! Shape the mash into little patties and coat them with flour so they won't stick together. Heat a lot of oil in a pan and fry the falafel for approximately eight minutes per side. Eat them while they're still hot and dip them in some yoghurt!