Swapping peas for chickpeas in traditional falafels creates an addicting little Pea-lafel appetizer bite that everyone will love!
I have to admit that the first time I heard about falafel it was from a friend who referred to them “awful falafel.” I later happened upon a vegetarian restaurant that made them as part of their Mediterranean platter, and I came to love the little chickpea bites. I went elsewhere and realized that he was partially right. At their best, they make a delightful vegetarian plate: fried fritters served with tahini and hummus. At their worst, they can be dry, overly-fried, veggie hockey pucks.
I had used box mixes a few times, with varying results. Then I found Aarti Paarti’s recipe using peas instead of the traditional chickpeas and my husband and I were hooked! (I’ve deviated a little from the original recipe to suit our tastes, but the concept is all Aarti!) The bright green hue really livens up the plate, and the mint pairs perfectly with peas. Plus I absolutely adore her and was fortunate enough to meet Aarti last year at a book signing!
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