Fawaffle (a Falafel Waffle)

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I can tell you the moment fawaffle 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 next? Falafel. And do you know what you should call it?”

Fawaffle.

Two fawaffle on a plate

The word really should have been part of the marriage scene in The Princess Bride. You know. Fawaffle is wot bwings us togeder tooday.

Tips and tricks for this fawaffle recipe

This recipe was adapted from this Ottolenghi falafel recipe. Fawaffle ingredients are the same as you’d expect in making falafel, except that you can use canned chickpeas if you don’t have the time or want to start from dried.

a cutting board with chopped parsley and cilantro, green onions, garlic, and spices.
bowls of fawaffle mixture, egg, and sesame seeds.

FAQs about this recipe

What is the plural of falafel?

Falafel is already plural. See, it’s like fish. One fish, two fish. You know how it goes. You use the word “fishes” when you’re talking about different species of fish. And you could theoretically use the word “falafels” when you’re talking about different types of deep fried balls made from chickpeas or fava beans. Are there even different types of falafel? Just don’t do it.

What are good falafel accompaniments?

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 falafel waffles with sides and other accompaniments that evoke the Middle East. I think of falafel and hummus, 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.

Can I freeze fawaffles?

Yes. Like any other waffle, fawaffles freeze perfectly if you have any leftovers. Just reheat them in your toaster.

What waffle iron do you use?

I have used this basic Cuisinart waffle iron and the All-Clad waffle iron. Both work reasonably well enough for me to recommend them.

Speaking of pita, I finally had a successful batch, with 9 of 12 forming perfect pockets! Recipe coming soon…

four perfectly puffed pita on a pizza stone in an oven.

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Fawaffle (Falafel Waffles)

Category: Waffles
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 1/2 cup waffles
Calories: 178kcal
Author: uglyducklingbakery
Fawaffle are easy to make and go perfectly with your favorite Mediterranean sides.
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Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Waffle iron

Ingredients

  • 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 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  • In the food processor, combine chickpeas, onion, garlic, cilantro, and spices (cumin, salt, cardamom, and pepper) and blitz until the mixture is thickly pureed.
    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 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon cardamom, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Add the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder and pulse a few times until combined.
    2 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 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.
    ¼ cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • By hand, add the egg and the sesame seeds into the mixture and mix until combined.
    1 egg, beaten, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Preheat your waffle iron, and add the batter per your waffle iron instructions. This recipe made four 1/2 cup waffles.

Notes

While making falafel requires dried chickpeas, these falafel waffles are best made with canned.

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 513IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg
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a plate of falafel waffle with hummus, baba ganoush, feta, olives, and roasted beets.

15 Comments

    1. Depending on your waffle iron, it might be a bit soft, but you can always crisp it up more in the oven to make waffle chips for dipping.

  1. The name made me laugh out loud! Anything falafel is a winner in my home but with a name like that I NEED to make this!

  2. I made the fawaffels but I found them v dry. Any suggestions for dryness? Pls reply. Thanks. Amita.

    1. Hi Amita! Thanks so much for the comment and question. I’m sorry you found them dry. Probably the first thing I’d try next time you want to make them would be to cook them for slightly less time in your waffle iron. If you do, please let me know.

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