Fawaffle (a Falafel Waffle)
I can tell you the moment it happened. We were at the ball field. Mr. uglyducklingbakery was flying a kite. I had recently discovered the joys of the waffle iron and was contemplating new things to waffle. Mr. uglyducklingbakery walked up to me and said, “You know what you need to waffle? Falafel. Do you know what you should call it? Fawaffle.”
The word really should have been part of the marriage scene in The Princess Bride. You know. Fawaffle is wot bwings us togeder tooday.
Images of fawaffle ingredients
Like you really needed a picture to show you what parsley, cilantro, garlic, and green onions look like.
FAQs about fawaffles
Falafel is already plural. See, it’s like fish. One fish, two fish… you know how it goes. You use “fishes” when you’re talking about different species of fish, and so you could theoretically use “falafels” when you’re talking about different types of falafel. Are there even different types of falafel? Just don’t do it.
A little over 25 years ago, I took a year off of school to do a round-the-world trip. I was in Israel for what must have been about two months, and I remember the falafel that I probably ate every day when I was in Jerusalem. It was stuffed into a pita along with tahini, coleslaw, and french fries. Yes, french fries inside the pita.
I am a bit healthier than I was in my 20’s, and I often serve these fawaffle with sides and other accompaniments that evoke the Middle East. Think hummus and/or baba ganoush, roasted beets, olives, and feta cheese. Add some crunch with toasted pine nuts and pomegranate seeds. And maybe that sumac sauce from Jerusalem that I rave about.
Yes. Like any other waffle, fawaffles freeze perfectly if you have any leftovers.
(Speaking of pita, I finally had a successful batch, with 9 of 12 forming perfect pockets!)
- Food processor
- Waffle iron
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup yellow or green onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup cilantro
- ¼ cup parsley
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cardamom
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- In the food processor, combine chickpeas, onion, garlic, cilantro, and spices (cumin, salt, cardamom, and pepper) and blitz until the mixture is thickly pureed.
- Add the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder and pulse a few times until combined.
- Add 2 tbsp of the olive oil and the lemon juice and process for a minute or so. If the mixture seems very dry, add the remaining olive oil.
- By hand, add the egg and the sesame seeds into the mixture and mix until combined.
- Preheat your waffle iron, and add the batter per your waffle iron instructions. This recipe made four 1/2 cup waffles.
If you make this fawaffle recipe, or even if this just brings a smile to your face, please comment and/or share a pic!
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