Lentil Falafel with Avocado Sauce

Lentil Falafel with Avocado Sauce

Lentil Falafel with Avocado Sauce

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 falafel
Traditional falafel is made with chickpeas but this version uses lentils in their place. Purists may be skeptical, but falafel is just as delicious when made with lentils, with a crispy crust and soft interior that'll please any falafel fan! These can be eaten by themselves, dipped in avocado sauce, in a pita with crunchy vegetables, or even as the patty in a veggie burger! Lentils are a great addition to any pantry - they're affordable, a great source of protein, don't require any soaking, and are highly nutritious.

Ingredients

Falafel

  • ¾ cup brown lentils
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, tightly packed
  • 1 cup Italian parsley leaves, tightly packed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 to 2 tbsp flour (gluten-free, if needed)

Avocado Sauce

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup PRANA organic non-roasted cashews, soaked 30 minutes in lukewarm water
  • ½ cup mixed parsley and cilantro leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground pepper, to taste

Preparation

Falafel

  1. Rinse lentils and put in a saucepan, adding enough cold water to cover by about 1 to 2 inches. Bring to a boil and lower heat, simmering about 20 to 30 minutes. It's important that lentils remain covered in water throughout cooking. 
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  3. Once lentils are cooked, place with remaining ingredients except flour in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until mixture is granular with bits of lentils showing.
  4. Incorporate flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, then fashion into 10 rounds.
  5. On a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, arrange falafel and bake 20 to 25 minutes. They can also be fried in a nonstick pan with oil, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve with avocado sauce for dipping or in a pita or naan sandwich, topped with sauce, Boston lettuce, grated carrot and sprouts, if desired.

Avocado Sauce

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until sauce is smooth and creamy. Season to taste.

Note: These falafel will keep several days in the refrigerator and several weeks in the freezer.

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