If it’s edible, there’s a 99 percent chance I’ve smooshed it into my waffle maker just to see what would happen. In the case of falafel, the result is a crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside savory waffle— no deep-frying required! This hummus recipe is great with pita and veggies as well, just reduce the amount of tahini to a few tablespoons (about 30 ml). – Natalie Slater
- 2 (15-ounce [425 g]) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup (15 g) chopped fresh parsley
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin powder
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 (15-ounce [425 g]) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- Juice from ½ lemon
- ¼ cup (60 g) tahini
- ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic
- Pinch of salt
- 1 medium-size cucumber, diced
- 1 large tomato, diced
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
To make the falafel batter
- Use a food processor to blend the chickpeas, parsley, onion and garlic until there are no large chunks (small chunks are fine; they give the falafel texture)—you might need to do this in two or three batches. Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and stir in the coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, flour and baking soda. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Make the Hummus
- While that sets up, make the hummus “syrup.” Combine all the ingredients in a food processor until you have a creamy texture. It should be looser than a typical hummus, so you can pipe it on top of the cooked waffle.
- Following the manufacturer’s directions, preheat your waffle maker and spray it with cooking spray. If you can choose a temperature, go with medium. Spoon about 1⁄3 cup (70 g) of the falafel batter into each cavity and close the cover. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until the outside is crispy and lightly browned.
Make the topping
- Toss the cucumber and tomato in the lemon juice and olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Top the falafel waffle with hummus and a generous pile of tomato and cucumber. Serve warm.
- From Bake & Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans, by Natalie Slater. Used by permission from Page Street Publishing Co.