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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!
Servings 18 falafels
Course Canapés
Preference Dairy Free, Vegetarian
Perfect for Healthy Snack
Skill level Easy

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raw macadamias
  • 400 g tin chickpeas drained
  • 1 small brown onion peeled, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 2-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 eggs
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for cooking

To serve

  • tomatoes chopped
  • cucumber chopped
  • salad leaves
  • tortilla or pita bread warmed

Yoghurt sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups plain yoghurt
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic crushed

Macadamia baba ganoush

  • 1 eggplant large
  • 1/2 cup macadamias roasted
  • 1 clove garlic
  • zest of 1 lemon grated
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • 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

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

Macadamia baba ganoush

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 166mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 216IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 1mg

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