Chickpeas and Amaranth Falafel

Chickpeas and Amaranth Falafel
Chickpeas and Amaranth Falafel

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If you have never cooked with amaranth, here is a delicious place to start! This highly-nutritious seed, which is a dietary staple in Mexico and South America, is a good source of protein, fiber and iron, and is filled with vitamins. Plus, it’s easy to cook (think: rice) and tastes great too. Here, we stir together cooked GOYA® Organic Amaranth, mashed chickpeas, herbs and spices, form the mixture into little patties and cook in olive oil until perfectly crisp. The result: a new delicious and nutritious take on falafel!

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½ cup

GOYA® Organic Amaranth, uncooked

1 cup


1 can (15.5 oz.)

GOYA® Chick Peas, drained


shallot, diced

½ cup

parsley, chopped

¼ cup

GOYA® Olive Oil and more for frying

Juice of 1 lemon

Arugula or spinach leaves, optional

Sliced radishes, optional

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Step 1

Combine the amaranth with 1 cup water and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, immediately lower the heat cover the pot and cook until very soft and most of the water absorbed, about 20 min.

Step 2

In a bowl, mash chick peas with a potato masher. Once mashed, add shallots, parsley, Sazonador Total, lemon juice and cooked amaranth. Combine.

Step 3

Once combined, add the olive oil and mixed well.

Step 4

Set a large heavy pan over medium-high heat and once it’s hot, reduce the temperature just above medium, add a generous amount of olive oil to make sure the bottom of the pan is covered. Drop about a tbsp. of the mixture into the pan with a bit of space in between each. Press each spoonful down with the back of the spoon or with a spatula, to form a sort of thick pancake. Cook until browned and crisp, about 3 min. per side. Once cooked, keep on a warm plate while cooking the rest.

Step 5

To serve, place falafels on bed of arugula and sliced radishes. Serve immediately.

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