spring is right here, it's close enough you can literally taste it in the air. the bits of dirty snow have but all melted away leaving behind pieces of litter from months prior. we're all happy for longer days, and grateful once again our favorite star is here to give us more light. my senses are alive once again it seems, breathing in fresh cool air, seeing tiny buds outside on the forsythia bush, and the scent of salty sea air has returned since its thaw.
things around here are a bit in flux at the moment; new exciting projects on the horizon, a move to a new apartment that's been in the works, and the new 'do i gave to my blog :)
i've been working on the redesign sporadically for a few months now, with frank's help of course. it seems that each year i'm redefining this space - what it is to me, but also how others come to it and why. in the spirit of trying to make things easier for people, i redesigned the recipe index in a way that's easy to navigate both alphabetically, and also categorically. there's a nifty side bar too that i'm excited about, hopefully you find it interactive and fun; i know i love clicking around on other blogs, so i thought i'd bring a little bit of that here! the search bar is pretty sweet, as well as the blog archives that is categorized by months of the year. so here's to hoping you all like the new look!
okay, these falafels! falafels are the kind of thing i love to eat, love to make, love to freeze and then reheat. lately i've been experiencing pretty bad digestive thangs (we won't go into that though...), i've been following a steady diet full of things that are easy on the digestive system. among them are split mung beans, or moong dal. i've been making my fair share of soups and such that incorporate these mighty beans, but thought they would be super in a baked falafel situation. they, along with the quinoa add a subtle flavor, that when mixed with tons of warming spices comes out to one of the best tasting falafels i've had. i tend to go without the tortilla, but frank insists they're the best when rolled all up in a taco; hence, this falafel taco! i added a very humble avocado and radish salad, plus tonnnns of cilantro, all with a healthy dose of tahini sauce!
sending warm springy vibes to you all! xo
mung bean + cilantro falafel tacos (v + gf)
soaking the beans and quinoa as directed below is to make them easier to digest. if you skip the soaking step, i recommend rinsing and draining both the beans and quinoa before cooking.
| makes 32 falafels |
- 1 cup moong dal (aka split mung beans), soaked overnight and drained
- 1 cup quinoa, soaked overnight and drained
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, more for serving
- 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- juice from 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon mild paprika
- olive oil, for brushing
- course sea salt, for topping
- brown rice tortillas/corn tortillas/etc., toasted
- 1/4 cup tahini paste
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- pepper, to taste
- 2 teaspoons sumac
- 1/4 cup cold water
radish + avo salad
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted and sliced into chunks
- 4 radishes, thinly sliced or shaved on a mandolin
- splash of oil and vinegar
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
make the falafels
- place the mung beans in a saucepan and cover with at least 3-inches of water. bring to boil, stir, and turn heat down to a simmer. cook for 7-9 minutes, until tender. drain beans if need be and set aside.
- cook quinoa according to instructions on package. set aside.
- warm a skillet over medium heat and add chickpea flour, toast for 1-2 minutes, swirling around to prevent burning, until golden and fragrant. remove from heat and place in a bowl, set aside.
- place drained mung beans and quinoa in a food processor fitted with a metal S blade; add cilantro, leeks, garlic, lemon juice, salt and spices. blend mixture until combined; taste and adjust salt and/or lemon juice, or other spices. add toasted chickpea flour and blend once more until combined. transfer falafel mix to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- preheat oven to 400° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. scoop out golf ball sized pieces of mixture and shape into balls with the palm of your hands. place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining mixture. using a pastry brush, brush tops and bottoms of falafel patties and sprinkle both sides with course sea salt. bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through until golden brown.
- place 4-5 falafel patties in each tortilla, top with avocado and radish salad. drizzle with tahini sauce, cilantro, and extra sumac (optional), and serve warm.
- in a medium bowl, whisk together tahini sauce ingredients. taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if need be. cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
- toss salad ingredients together. taste and adjust salt if needed.