Falafel pizza

    2 hours 55 min

    Falafel is one of the most popular foods in Egypt. It's made out of peeled beans and always served fried. It's also made in the Levant area (mainly Syria and Lebanon) using chickpeas. In my recipe, I used red lentils and replaced the traditional cooking method (frying) with baking. Using lentils instead of beans to create an innovative recipe has been really fun!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • Base
    • 200g red lentils (or chickpeas)
    • 2 teaspoons oil
    • 1 onion, quartered
    • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley
    • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander
    • 25g chopped spring onions
    • 80ml oil
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    • salt to taste
    • Sauce
    • 250ml yogurt
    • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon tahini
    • salt to taste
    • Toppings
    • 85g grated Cheddar cheese
    • 1 tomato, cubed
    • 35g sliced olives
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
    • 2 teaspoons minced spring onion

    Method
    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:2hr soaking  ›  Ready in:2hr55min 

    1. Place red lentils in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak until softened, about 2 hours. Drain.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a baking tray with baking paper and grease with 2 teaspoons oil.
    3. Place lentils in a food processor with onion, garlic, 1/2 bunch parsley, coriander and spring onions; pulse until finely ground.
    4. Transfer lentil mixture to a large bowl. Add 80ml oil, egg, baking powder, black pepper, chilli powder, cumin, ground coriander and salt; mix until well-blended. Spread dough to 1/2cm thickness onto prepared baking tray.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and firm, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
    6. Combine yogurt, lemon juice, tahini and salt in a small bowl; mix well until sauce is smooth.
    7. Layer sauce, grated cheese, tomato, olives, 1 tablespoon parsley and 2 teaspoons spring onion on top of baked dough.
    8. Return to the oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

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