I am excited. My BFF from Bombay is visiting me next month and I cant wait to spend some quality time with her. After all, we will be meeting after 3 long years! There is going to be lots of shopping, gossip, wine, laughter and food. She tells me that she is looking forward to all the eating more than anything. Guess, my food pics have managed to lure her to visit me! One of her favorite dish is Falafel. She gorges on them every at chance she gets.
Only after moving to the US, I discovered this wonder food called Black Rice. I do have a couple of recipes in my kitty using black rice which I am proud of. You can check them out here – Lentil & Black Rice Burger, Cheesy Black Rice Mini Paratha (Stuffed Flat Bread), Cauliflower and Black Rice Fritters. My friends and family have not yet tried cooking with this nutritious ingredient and even frown upon it which got me thinking. I decided to use the oldest trick in the book, if your child doesn’t like to eat a particular ingredient, mix it up in a food he/she loves. They will not be able to resist and will land up trying it. I decided to make a trial batch of falafel with black rice and chickpeas. If it turned out good then I planned to make it for my friend when she visits me.
But the blogger in me was still not convinced. I wanted to add some more punch and flavor to this dish and create my very own version of healthy falafel. I began to rummage through my fridge in search of some such ingredient to go into this dish. My eyes fell upon some leftover broccoli. Few days ago, I had made Broccoli Oats Chilla/Pancakes for breakfast and they turned out to be delicious. I had used only half the quantity. Looking at them, my mind started devising a recipe. I knew it right there that my recipe for today would be Crispy Baked Broccoli Black Rice Falafel!
Just as I was about to begin my work on this trial batch, my husband called to remind me about the Easter party we had to go to that night in my neighborhood. I had completely forgotten about that party. We were supposed to get some food as well. He had called to ask if he should pick up something on his way back home. With my one hand holding the broccoli, I told him that I will cook something for the party instead. So now suddenly my trial batch was no longer a trial. It had to be good. Since we were the only non-American people invited, I decided to play safe and continue with my plan to make falafel, a dish which is well-known among Americans.
Since I was making for more people now, I decided to use all the broccoli for this recipe. I wanted to keep this healthy so decided against deep-frying and chose to bake it instead. Plus it would ease my work and I will be able to cook for more in less time and effort by baking it. Now the only hope was that the dish turns out good enough for me to take to the party. They were expecting something from good me knowing that I am a food blogger.
This is a food processor recipe completely. First pulse onions, garlic and green chillies together. Empty in a mixing bowl. Next pulse broccoli and pecans. I love the nutty flavor it brings to any dish. Add them to the bowl.
Preheat the oven to 480 degrees F. Now add wheat flour and olive oil to the mixture. Mix. Add cooked black rice. Give this a good mix. Divide this mixture into small-sized balls and then make small patties using your palm. Line parchment paper on a baking tray. Spray cooking oil over it and then lay these patties on top. Spray cooking spray over these patties and place them in the oven. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or till you see the patties browning on top.
Take it off the oven and let it rest for a minute. These gorgeous falafel patties are now ready to be gorged upon.
Enjoy these baked snack with some Vegan Hummus made from Almond Pulp or ketchup. You can also shape them into smaller flat balls and use them to make a falafel wrap.
Crispy Baked Broccoli Black Rice Falafel
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 small onions
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 4-5 green chillies
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1 cup cooked/canned chickpeas
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 2-3 tbsp sesame seeds
- Half cup uncooked black rice
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coriander-cumin powder
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt as required
- First pulse onions, garlic and green chillies together. Empty in a mixing bowl. Next pulse broccoli and pecans. Add them to the bowl.
- Now pulse chickpeas, cilantro and sesame seeds. Add this to the bowl. Add Turmeric Powder, Dhania Jeera Powder and salt. Mix well.
- Preheat the oven to 480 degrees F. Now add wheat flour and olive oil to the mixture. Mix. Add cooked black rice. Give this a good mix. Divide this mixture into small sized balls and then make small patties using your palm. Line parchment paper on a baking tray. Spray cooking oil over it and then lay these patties on top. Spray cooking spray over these patties and place them in the oven. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or till you see the patties browning on top.
- Take it off the oven and let it rest for a minute. These gorgeous falafel patties are now ready to be gorged upon.
You can deep fry or cook them in an appe pan as well instead of baking.
We had a great time at the Easter party and all of them were looking forward to taste my dish. They were surprised to know that this falafel was different and that it had broccoli in it. It was a tad spicier for the audience. Cant blame them, I always land up upping the spice in any dish and this was no different. But thankfully everyone enjoyed this snack and were all in praise of this dish. It was all gone in a jiffy. Now I can safely prepare these falafel again for my best friend when she comes visiting. I am positive that she will love it too. I recommend that you too give this recipe a try. This unique twist to a regular recipe is a welcome change and of course its healthy!
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