Yes, I fully admit that I wanted to make falafel waffles just so that I could repeatedly say, falafel waffles. Like any good, upstanding vegetarian, I adore falafels. I love them from food trucks, street markets, veggie takeaways and even store-bought. I just love falafels. They’re one of those meals that even the kids will happily tuck into.
But they can be a bit of a pain to make. Not the mixture, that’s simply whizzing up chickpeas and spices, but cooking them. You can bake them, but to get that lovely, crispy shell, often you need to fry them in oil. But not anymore, people. You can waffle them! All that crispiness, without the oil. A soft, flavoursome, spiced falafel that’s nice and big and you don’t even need a carby pitta to tuck them into. They are the star of this show and can be topped with hummous, drizzled with extra tahini and piled with salad.
- 40g (1/2 cup) oats
- 2 x 400ml (15oz) tins of chickpeas
- ½ a red onion, peeled and chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
- handful of fresh coriander/cilantro, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for wafflemaker
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- small pinch cayenne
- salt and pepper
- Whiz the oats first in a food processor until fine.
- Add remaining ingredients and pulse until it forms a ball, scraping down the sides if necessary.
- Heat the waffle iron and brush or spray with a small amount of oil.
- Spoon the falafel mixture into the grids, close and cook for 4 minutes or as directed on your machine.
- Remove and serve topped with tahini and hummus.
What do you think of my new kitchen? This is a tiny glimpse of the work that has been stressing me out for four months. I’ve been cooking in a makeshift kitchen since we moved into the new house at the beginning of the year, but now I have this lovely, calm space to create kale cakes in, hurrah! Actually that wall colour is rather similar to the colour of a kale and apple cake come to think of it. I promise that I didn’t do that on purpose.
The lovely people at Sage sent me this Smart Waffle Maker to try out and I was very excited to get it out in the new kitchen. It is rather amazing – so robust, so sparkly, so waffly. It was a rather fantastic moat to catch any drips, which isn’t a problem with these thick falafel waffles, but definitely comes in handy for more classic recipes. It feels like the sort of quality you would get in cafes – as you would expect from something designed by Heston Blumenthal for Sage. Plus it rather fabulously can be set for different types of waffles and will adjust the cooking time for you, dependent on how dark you like them – so no need to keep peeking. This is especially useful if you make chocolate waffles – the machine has a chocolate setting so you don’t have to guess at the doneness. You can just whip up a quick batter, heat the machine, pour it in and set it then wander off until it beeps. If you then want them a tad darker, you just set it to ‘a little more’. This machine is really easy to use and is relatively compact for a waffle maker that creates lovely big waffles. No piddly little heart-shaped ones here. They’re large with deep grids that you can fill with sweet or savoury sauces and dressings.
The Smart Waffle Maker retails for £169 and is a fantastically robust and high-quality bit of kit. It’s easy to wipe clean and is a fun way to get creative in the kitchen. Far from just sweet breakfasts, there’s a whole world of waffling that you can do with it.
I’ve never had a waffle maker before. I’ve coveted one, but I’ve never actually gone for it. I have seriously been missing out. Not just a weekend breakfast toy, you can waffle so many things. From potato rostis to spinach and cheese dinner waffles, there are so many ways to get a lot of use out of one. My kids think waffles are lego pancakes. I hope they always think of them like that.
These falafel waffles are really easy to prepare. Whiz, waffle and serve. This is the sort of healthy fast food that I love. Now say it three times quickly: falafel waffles, falafel waffles, fawaffle laffles.
Need more inspiration? Try these ideas!
Recipes from a Pantry’s How to make Classic Waffles
Little Sunny Kitchen’s waffles
Supergoldenbake’s stunning Healthy Banana Oat Waffles
Made With Pink’s perfect Belgian (Leige) Waffles or her Cinnamon, Peach and Ice Cream Waffles.
Tin and Thyme’s Waffles with Rhubarb and Rose Compote and Rose Cream – how elegant do they sound??!
The Veg Space’s Plum Crumble Waffles
Disclosure: Sage sent me a Smart Waffle Maker to review. I was not paid for the review and all opinions are my own.