While I was away on holiday my Tivo picked up the new episodes of Dinner with the Band starring Chef, Sam Mason. I’m quite the fan of this show as it marries two of my most favourite things in life: food and indie music. I was super impressed to see Lightspeed Champion on one of the shows, a fellow brit who recently appeared on the new Basement Jaxx Album. (Wicked song, check it out..)
Lightspeed has apparently recently become a vegan and is addicted to Falafels so Sam entertained his new persuasion by making what looked like an awesomely wicked pistachio based falafel..yum! Check out the recipe below if you are so inclined to make a go of it this weekend..I will be home nursing a rotten cold I’ve somehow managed to pick up. Have a good one folks!
Big Gun Falafel
3 cups raw pistachios, unsalted
1 cup + ¼ cup canned chickpeas, drained
1 small onion, diced (about ½ cup)
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons dried red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons baking powder
Vegetable oil for frying
In a pot with boiling water, add pistachios and cook until soft, about 6-8 minutes. Strain and cool.
In a food processor, add pistachios, 1 cup chickpeas, onions, and garlic. Pulse until coarsely ground. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until just combined.
Heat vegetable oil in a deep pot until temperature registers 350°F.
Using 2 tablespoons of falafel mixture, form flat patties and set them aside. Fry falafel until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Season with salt. Fry remaining ¼ cup chickpeas until crisp, use for garnish.
Recipe by Sam Mason