Falafels are the greatest chickpea creation other than hummus. No matter how much food I order at a Mediterranean restaurant, I always order a side of falafels. I just can’t resist crispy fried chickpeas with herbs and spices doused in babaghanoush; it’s a match made in heaven. When I couldn’t get enough of falafels, I made a falafel burger. Now I have moved on to my next chickpea recipe, falafel waffles. These waffles are even easier to make then falafels themselves. No, seriously. Whip up some pico de gallo, fry some eggs and you have a winner.falafel waffles with pico de gallofalafel waffles with pico de gallo falafel waffles with pico de gallo

 

Falafel Waffles with Pico de Gallo

30 minTotal Time

Yields 2 8-inch round waffles

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Ingredients

    Pico de gallo
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • Falafel waffles
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 15 ounces canned chickpeas, drained
  • ¼ cup cilantro, fresh
  • ¼ cup parsley, fresh
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Remaining ingredients
  • 2 fried eggs
  • crumbled feta

Instructions

  1. Make the pico de gallo. Chop the tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro. Combine and season with lime juice, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the waffle maker.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients for the falafel waffles in a blender and puree until smooth.
  4. Spray the waffle maker with cooking spray. Pour the batter onto the waffle maker and cook until browned. Open the lid and let the waffle sit for 2 minutes. Carefully remove the waffle, it will be delicate. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  5. Serve the falafel waffles with pico de gallo, fried eggs, and crumbled feta.
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

If you’re a fan of falafels, you must make these falafel waffles. It’s essentially getting the same recipe for falafels, blending it up with a couple of egg whites and pouring the batter into your waffle maker.

Whenever I use my blender to make a sauce, batter, or soup, I start by adding the liquid ingredients first. This makes it easier for the blender to puree all of the ingredients. In this instance, put the oil and egg whites in the blender before adding the chickpeas, herbs, and spices. You can use dried chickpeas instead of canned, just make sure to soak them overnight.falafel waffle mixGive your waffle maker a good coating of cooking spray and pour the batter when it’s ready. I was able to make 2 8-inch round waffles; how many you can make will depend on your waffle maker. Once the waffle is ready, open the waffle maker and let it sit for 2 minutes. Let it cool slightly before removing them since the waffles are very delicate. wafflesYou can make a big batch of the waffles and freeze them until ready to be devoured. To avoid a soggy waffle, let them cool completely on a wire rack.
falafel waffles with pico de galloWhile the waffles are cooking, fry up some eggs. Top the falafel waffles with the fried eggs, a generous amount of pico de gallo, and crumbled feta for the finishing touch.

Alas, another great recipe for using chickpeas! The falafel waffles are already great on their own but the salsa, fried eggs, and feta send them over the top. So easy to make and so delicious!falafel waffles with pico de gallo

 

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