Mar 6, 2014

Broccoli falafel

"No, Julian, those are not hush puppies..."

Recipe adapted from Gray Apron
time: time to soak peas + 10 min preparation + 20 min cooking
makes about 25 pieces

1 cup (170 g) dry chickpeas, soaked overnight
1 medium broccoli head, about 500g/1lb or 270g/10 oz just broccoli florets
1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped 
1 large garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 + 1/8 teaspoon (5 - 6 g) salt
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon cardamon powder
1/4 teaspoon (2 g) baking soda
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) water
2 Tablespoons (20 g) flour
about 1 cup oil for frying (I used cold pressed canola)

Divide broccoli into florets (don't use the hard stem). Prepare a large ball with ice water. Boil a large pot of salted (extra salt) water. Throw in broccoli pieces and cook for 2 minutes (from the time broccoli is in the water). Drain the vegetable and soak it in the ice water for a minute. Drain and place it on a cotton rag for further drying.

Drain the chickpeas. Pat them dry with a cotton rag.

In a food processor with steal blades, blend broccoli florets, chickpeas, onion, garlic, salt and cardamon till grainy. You can adjust seasoning at this time.

In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in water. Add it to the vegetables. Add flour. Stir to blend.

Using an ice cream scoop (dipped in water), form golf-size balls from the chickpea mix.

On a small skillet, heat oil on medium high. Test the oil: if a falafel crumb dipped in the oil starts dancing right away, you can begin frying. Fry about 5 falafels at the time (more and you'll cool oil too much), about 2 minutes on each side.

Remove balls from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Eat when hot, warm or cold.
  • it's hard to decide what they taste like...not much like broccoli though;
  • the mix of spices, garlic and other things gives them that authentic and exotic flavor, which is very welcomed with the warmer season on its way;
  • the making is quite simple, the frying is fast; 
  • the smaller the skillet, the less oil you'll use; the balls don't have to be swimming  in oil but they should be in it at least half way;
  • I used all I had to keep all the watering mouths and hungry eyes off me and the falafels while taking pictures...the hardest part of the process.


  1. These look delicious - I love the green color! Very pop-able if you will! haha

    1. Me encanta el color verde se ven muy deliciosas y bonitas,abrazos y saludos.

  2. These look amazing, I love falafel Ela!!xx

  3. Falafel with extra colour and goodness!

  4. I totally love this. Chickpeas and broccoli is such a healthy combination.

  5. This is on my to-do list! Love the addition of broccoli.
    Happy Friday!

  6. I LOVE falafel! I'm intrigued by the green colour - I need to try these!

  7. Love the new look of the website! And the broccoli falafel is such a great idea!

  8. Like the looks of your new site design and absolutely love these falafel. What a great combination, these would be perfect in a salad, sandwich or just plain ole snacking. Love it.

  9. Love the new site! Adding broccoli is a great way to amp up the variety of nutrients in falafel. The color is great too!

  10. This is my kind of meal! So pretty with the broccoli.

  11. I'm pretty obsessed and pumped about this recipe, what a great and unique way to use garden broccoli!

  12. These look so good Ela! I love falafel and adding broccoli sounds fantastic :)

  13. WHAT... broccoli falafel!? I've never heard of it this combination but I think I have to try it RIGHT now (or... for dinner, at least). I love that they are green, too, reminds me of falafel made with fava beans which are my favorite (though I can't seem to find fava beans around here). Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. I love the color, so pretty! I've been trying to get my family to eat more green veggies, this recipe would be perfect!

  15. Vibrant colour and totally delicious! : )

  16. This looks soooo good!! I love love LOVE falafel!! YUM! What a great idea to use broccoli! :)

  17. Love the vibrant green color, like little jewels! What a delicious way to enjoy broccoli.

  18. Chickpeas and broccoli two super foods combined to make a delicious dish.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  19. Broccoli is a great way to add color to falafel. Only have made it once...but would love to try your recipe the next time. Great presentation!

  20. Your falafel looks amazing! What a great way to change a classic recipe and make it your own.

  21. These look delicious and something I can wait to try making! I'm looking forward to browsing your other recipes too :)

  22. i love the color of this falafel! super healthy too!

  23. A great idea with healthy ingredients…they sound delicious.