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Macadamia and herb falafels

Macadamia and herb falafels

Yum! Macadamia falafels have the bonus of a bit of crunch. With loads of green herbs, these simple to make falafel are delicious, especially when served with macadamia baba ganoush. A must for macadamia lovers!

Makes 18

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw macadamias
400g tin chickpeas, drained
1 small brown onion, peeled, chopped
½ cup parsley leaves
½ cup coriander leaves
2-4 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 tablespoons plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup vegetable oil (for cooking)

To serve
tomatoes, chopped
cucumber, chopped
salad leaves
tortilla or pita bread, warmed

METHOD

Place macadamias, chickpeas, onion, parsley, coriander, garlic, cumin, salt and egg in a food processor. Blend until combined. Place mixture in a bowl and sprinkle over combined sifted flour and baking powder. Stir until flour is incorporated. Using your hands, pinch out tablespoons of mixture and shape into flat discs. Place on a lightly floured plate.

Heat the oil over high heat until a small amount of mixture sizzles when added to the oil. Reduce heat to medium and add half the falafel pieces. Fry for 3-4 minutes, turning once when the underside is golden. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove from the oil and drain on paper towel. Keep warm and repeat with remaining falafel pieces, maintaining a steady medium heat. Serve immediately.

Yoghurt sauce

INGREDIENTS
Yoghurt sauce

1½ cups plain yoghurt
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, crushed

METHOD

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and season to taste with salt and extra lemon if desired.

Macadamia baba ganoush

INGREDIENTS
Macadamia baba ganoush

1 large eggplant
½ cup macadamias, roasted
1 garlic clove
grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lemon juice

METHOD

Preheat BBQ to 200°C. Place eggplant on the grill, cover with BBQ lid and cook, turning occasionally, for 20- 30 minutes, until flesh is soft and skin blistered. Remove from BBQ and cool before halving with a knife and scooping out the flesh. Place in a food processor and add remaining ingredients. Process until just smooth.

Serve warm falafels with yogurt sauce, macadamia baba ganoush, chopped tomatoes, cucumber, salad leaves and warm tortilla or pita bread.

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