with Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Falafel is usually an overnight dish which calls for soaking and deep frying garbanzo beans. To ensure that our falafel has that same crunchy bite, we par-cook the brown rice and lentils, meaning we stop cooking them right before they finish. You’ll know they’re ready when they taste “al dente” or firm to the bite. Ideally, there will be a bit of crunch in the middle of the rice and lentils.
- 1/2 cup green lentils
- 1/2 cup short grain brown rice
- 1 shallot
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 lemon
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- Fresh parsley
- 1 cucumber
- 8 oz cherry tomatoes
- Fresh dill
- Vegan sour cream
- Salt and pepper*
- 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp vegetable oil*
- *not included
Put the lentils and brown rice into a small saucepan over high heat along with 4 cups of water and 1/4 tsp of salt. Bring to a boil. Cook until the rice begins to soak up some of the water, about 20 to 25 minutes. The rice and lentils will still have a crunch to them, but will be starting to soften. Strain them and shake off the excess water.
Peel and halve the shallot and add to the work bowl along with the garlic, nutritional yeast, juice from half of the lemon, cumin, coriander, baking powder, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 tsp of salt. Rinse and chop the parsley leaves away from the stems. Add half of the leaves to the work bowl. Add the lentils and rice with 1 tbsp of oil. Pulse until an even consistency is reached.
Put a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tbsp of oil. While the oil is heating up, form the falafel mixture into 6 even patties. Put them into the skillet and cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 4 to 6 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown on the other side.
Rinse and chop the cucumber into bite-sized pieces. Rinse and halve the tomatoes. Put the cucumber and tomatoes into a medium bowl with the remaining parsley leaves and squeeze the remaining half of the lemon over them. Drizzle with 1 tsp of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Rinse the dill, then remove the fronds from the stems and chop them. In a medium bowl, mix the chopped dill fronds into the vegan sour cream and season with salt to taste.
Put the salad on a plate and lay 3 of the falafel patties on the side. Serve with the dill vegan sour cream and cucumber and tomato salad.