Crispy Insect Falafel

Buffalo beetle falafel are a kind of meat-free meatballs, a great dish on its own as part of a tapas platter or in a pita bread filled with fresh lettuce and chilli mayo. They are high in protein, vitamins and fibre. 

For about 20 falafels you need: 
  • 200 gr chickpeas (soaked overnight, the canned ones do not work)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes 
  • 1,5 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1,5 tsp ground cumin 
  • 1,5 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp flour (can be replaced with oats, quinoa flour or another type of flour.)  
  • 4 tbsp breadcrumbs (can be replaced with oats)  
  • 3-5 tbsp buffalo beetle powder (get it here)
  • 1 dl water
  • Approx. 4-5 dl oil for frying (coconut or vegetable oil) 



Boil the chickpeas for about 45 minuts. Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and add salt, pepper and extra spices if you like a strong flavour. Form the mass with a spoon into small balls and heat the oil in a pot fit for deep frying. Make sure the oil is hot and fry the falafels until golden (approx. 3-4 minutes). 

crispy falafel with insects

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