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Peggy Korody North San Diego Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Falafel Waffle

Written By: Peggy Korody - Jan• 01•18

I decided to do something fun this year…I’m declaring 2018 the year of the waffle!  I’ll be sharing waffles from savory to sweet.  Also, I’ll sometimes use a Belgium waffle maker as opposed to a regular waffle maker.  But, it really won’t matter which maker you use for most recipes.

To start the New Year, I thought I would start off healthy!  This is a gluten-free, vegetarian waffle. The flavors are Middle Eastern, and are usually deep fried. To health it up, I used a waffle maker instead of the deep fryer.

 

Falafel Waffle

Ingredients

  • Waffle
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (also know as garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 small bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (use 1/8 tsp. if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 Tbsp. garbanzo flour (all-purpose flour works too, if you are not gluten free)
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Sauce
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce
  • ½ lemon, zest & juice
  • Garnish
  • ½ diced tomato
  • ¼ cup diced cucumber
  • Lemon wedge

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron. (High setting if you waffle maker has this option.)
  2. In a food processor bowl, add the chickpeas, scallions, parsley, cilantro, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and baking powder. Pulse to combine until finely chopped. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the eggs and pulse to combine. Add the flour until combined.
  4. Grease the waffle iron with cooking spray. Add batter to waffle iron and cook 4-5 minutes until golden-brown and crispy. (Cook until there is no steam, don’t peak too early or the waffle will separate.)
  5. For the yogurt sauce:
  6. In a small bowl add all sauce ingredients, mix well. If you like your mixture thinner, just add a little water.
  7. Garnish:
  8. Sprinkle with diced tomato & cucumber, and lemon wedge on the side. (Alternative, mix the tomato & cucumber into the yogurt sauce.)

Notes

FYI – a Belgium waffle maker makes waffles with deeper pockets and are usually egg, or yeast batter based, which is good if you have a sauce you want trapped in the pockets. Whereas a regular waffle maker makes thinner waffles.

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