This is a post by PumpUp member Sara A. (@bunnies), PumpUp blog contributor. Follow her Tumblr @gurdiel
This month I prepared an easy recipe that is perfect to share with someone you love. I ended up eating it with a close friend of mine who taught me how to make this dish! It consists of two heart-shaped spicy falafel patties on top of some fresh salad.
Heart shaped falafel patties
- 4 cups of raw chickpeas
- 1/2 scallion
- 1 clove of garlic
- Black pepper
- Hot paprika
- Olive oil
- 3 tbsp. concentrated tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
First, stir fry the previously diced scallion and garlic on a frying pan with little olive oil. Once the scallion is translucent and the garlic is a little bit toasted, put the raw chickpeas, the parsley, the garlic and the scallion into a blender and blend it until it has a thick consistency. Now add black pepper, curry and hot paprika as desired and pour the soy sauce and concentrated tomato sauce (do not add more than 3 tablespoons because we don’t want the mixture to be too liquid or else it won’t hold its shape). Blend the mixture again for a few seconds and place the paste on a tray. Make as many heart-shaped patties as you can and place them in the fridge for a few hours. (You can skip this step if you are in a hurry, but they will not hold their shape so well).
After that, preheat in a frying pan 1 glass of olive oil and once it is hot, fry both sides of the patties until they’re brown. Take them out of the frying pan and lay them on kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil. (Against frying? Bake them in the oven at 375F, turning them over halfway through).
What I did after that was preparing a salad with lettuce, tomato, carrot and sweet corn.
This dish is very fun to make, it is really tasty, vegan friendly and very filling. It is also packed with nutrients such as slow-burning carbohydrates, vitamin B, C, E and K, and has a great amount of fiber, so it will make you feel full much more easily. I genuinely loved it and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it too.
I hope you like this idea! Let me know!