Food, 08.01.2016

Recipe Of The Week: Beetroot Falafel By Detox Kitchen

Did you know that beetroot is full of nitric acid which increases blood flow to the heart: a shot of beetroot a couple of hours before a class should help improve your performance. This recipe from Detox Kitchen includes beetroot, plenty of energy boosting nuts and chickpeas, which are high in B vitamin folate (folate helps red cell production and carries oxygen to the muscles). In short – make this for lunch before a late afternoon Frame session and you might just be top of the class! But make sure you use dried chickpeas (not canned) or you risk wet, mushy sad-looking falafels.

Beetroot Falafel - serves 4

  • 200g dried chickpeas
  • 2 raw beetroots, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 50g cashew nuts
  • 30g home-shelled pistachio nuts
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with a fork
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  1. Soak the chickpeas in cold water overnight. The next day, drain and place them in a fresh pan of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 50 minutes until soft. Drain and pat dry with kitchen paper.

  2. Preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

  3. Place the chickpeas, beetroot, carrot, cashew nuts and pistachios in a blender and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

  4. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the onion and garlic until soft. Add them to the bowl along with the rest of the ingredients (except the sesame seeds). Mix together well.

  5. Shape the mixture into small balls and roll them in the sesame seeds to coat. Place the balls on the baking tray and bake in the heated oven for 50 minutes.

Serve with Yoghurt Dip - below - Iceberg Lettuce and Fresh Mint Leaves

  • 3 tbsp plain soya yogurt
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely sliced
  • A pinch of ground cumin
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Make the dip by mixing together all the ingredients for it.

  2. Serve the falafels with the dip, lettuce leaves and mint. To eat, place three mint leaves on a lettuce leaf, set a falafel on this, add a dollop of yogurt dip and wrap up.

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