The other day I came up with a genius idea (if I may say so myself). I thought: why not add zucchini to a falafel recipe to create a crispy combination between zucchini fritters and falafel? It gets even better if you wrap it all up in a soft flour tortilla with some spinach leaves, crunchy romaine lettuce, chopped red onion and tomato and then finish it off with a sweet chili & garlic yoghurt sauce. It’s a veggie party!
You will need: one zucchini (coarsely grated), one egg, 250g of chickpeas (canned or soaked), (coconut) oil for frying, one finely chopped red chili, three minced garlic cloves, 150g of parmesan cheese, one finely chopped red onion, one chopped tomato, spinach and romaine lettuce leaves, flour tortillas, 200 g of greek yoghurt, sweet chili sauce
Start by grating the zucchini; if there is a lot of liquid, make sure to discard it by pressing the grated zucchini in a strainer. Pulse the drained chickpeas in a blender until smooth. Finely chop two garlic cloves and the red chili (discard the seeds if you do not like it very spicy). Mix together the zucchini, the egg, the chickpeas, garlic and chili and then season with salt and pepper. Finally, add in the finely grated parmesan cheese. If the mixture is very moist, add some flour. Heat some coconut oil in a large frying pan, enough so that the bottom of the pan is covered. Use a tablespoon for reference and roll little balls out of the falafel mixture and drop them into the pan. I flattened them a little bit so that they cooked through properly. Fry the falafel about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
For the super simple garlic sauce; finely chop or grate one clove of garlic and mix with about 200g of Greek yoghurt, a teaspoon of lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. When serving, drizzle a little sweet chili sauce over the top. An unexpected but delicious combination!
To assemble, heat up your flour tortillas (20 sec in the microwave) spread with the sauce and layer with the spinach and/or romaine lettuce. Top with zucchini falafel and the finely chopped onion and tomato. Time to dig in!
These falafel were super yummy especially in the generously stuffed wrap. I imagine these would be very good with some hummus too.. I tried to make them a little more guilt free by frying them in coconut oil. Either way, this is a delicious way to get your veggie intake of the day!