Homemade Falafel


In the wintertime, dried beans are a good food to eat to fortify the kidneys. Not only that, but beans and legumes in general are an excellent source of protein, iron, and unsaturated (healthy) fat. While hearty soups made with small, dark beans are one great way to harness their healing properties, there are lots of other great options. How about falafel? Here’s a recipe from Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford:

Falafel

Ingredients

2 cups cooked garbanzos (chick peas)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
2 tablespoons parsley
1/4 each: cumin, basil, marjoram, cayenne
1 tablespoon sesame butter

Directions

*Mash or puree garbanzos (add enough water for blender)
*Combine with rest of ingredients
*Form into 1-inch balls or patties
*Deep-fry or bake in 350-degree oven until crisp and golden
*Serve in pita bread, garnished with tomatoes lettuce, olives and sauce, such as Sesame Butter-Lemon, Yogurt, or Tahini

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