Happy National Kale Day!
A few weeks ago I received the best delivery from Cut N’ Clean Greens!
Chard and kale and greens galore! I knew I wanted to make something extra special after receiving a beautiful delivery like this. Sure you can throw it in smoothies or make pesto, which all sound good. But I wanted something with a little more abundance and spice and something I could have for the rest of the week.
Kale latkes were on the maybe list but kale falafel is what won me over! We all know how much I LOVE, LOVE falafel and am always trying to find different ways to express the humble dish. Usually there are bunches of fresh parsley and cilantro within the mixture, so instead I curved a bit and substituted fresh hearty kale.
And I fell in love with the results. The fresh kale introduced a gorgeous green color and fried up nicely with the rest of the mixture. Of course I used dried beans, which should ALWAYS be the case when making falafel. Really, please don’t comment asking if you can use canned beans. It just won’t work (Trust me, I’ve tried and it wasn’t pretty).
These delightful kale falafel are sitting on top of freshly made homemade hummus with quickly toasted pine nuts, fresh mint and a dash of spicy cayenne. The combination was out of this world with the warm crispy falafel and creamy hummus. Plus, I didn’t feel so bad that I fried kale!
What would you make with all the Kale swag?
And a HUGE thank you to Cut N’ Clean Greens for sending me over such a beautiful assortment of greens!
- 1 cup dried garbanzo beans
- 2 cups fresh kale chopped and thick stem removed
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- Small bunch of fresh parsley
- 1/2 white onion roughly chopped
- 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3 Tb flour
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pinch of cayenne
- Canola or vegetable oil for frying
- Homemade hummus
- Toasted pine nuts
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Pinch of cayenne
- Olive oil for garnish
In a large bowl, add the dried beans and cover with cool water. Allow beans to sit overnight in the water. If you're short on time, you can bring the beans to a boil for 2 minutes, turn off the heat ahdn allow the beans to sit in the warm water for an hour. When done, drain and rinse.
Then in a food processor, pulse the beans until texture looks crumbly and there are no large pieces left. Transfer beans to a large bowl.
In the same food processor, add the kale, mint, parsley, onion, garlic and spices. Pulse everything together until it looks almost looks like a paste. Add mixture to the beans.
Use a large spatula to mix the beans and herbs together. Then add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix everything well.
Heat a large skillet with vegetable oil and bring oil up to about 370 degrees F. You can test to see if the oil is hot by dropping a small piece of batter. If it sizzles, it's ready.
Use a large tablespoon and form batter into balls. I scoop about 2 tablespoons worth and form a ball between your hands.
Carefully place the falafel in the hot oil. You can fit 4-5 in at once but don't overcrowd the pan. Fry on 1 side until you can see it browning on the sides, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip over and fry other side.
The falafel should be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
Lay the falafel on a paper towel pine baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
To serve, place falafel on top of hummus and sprinkle toasted pine nuts, a pinch of cayenne and drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.