Red Lentil and Roasted Red and Yellow Beet Falafel

by @stovetopjournals
12 falafel
50 min

I am a huge fan of beets. Not only because I love the flavor, but their color is amazing on their own and as ingredients on other recipes. I am also a fan of falafel, so I decided to mix the two. As I started to prepare my ingredients, I realized I was out of garbanzo beans, but I found red lentils and thought I'd make beet and lentil falafel instead. Boy was I amazed by the result! Not only do lentils need less soaking time than garbanzo beans, the color I obtained when mixed with the beets was amazing! Oh, and I made them in the air fryer so I ate a bunch of them guilt free!

Red Lentil and Roasted Red and Yellow Beet Falafel
Recipe details
  • 12  falafel
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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For the Roasted Beets
  • 1 red beet peeled and diced
  • 1 golden beet peeled and diced
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp olive oil
For the falafel
  • 1 cup red lentils soaked for 2 hrs and drained
  • 1/3 cup of roasted red beets, chopped
  • 1/3 cup of golden beets, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Roasted Beets
Heat oven to 350F
Place red beets and golden beets on baking sheet. Do not mix them. Drizzle olive oil on top and add salt to taste.
Bake until cooked, about 15-20 mins
For the Falafel
Add soaked and drained lentils to bowl of food processor. Add all other ingredients, except beets and process until well combined but not overly mashed.
Divide lentil mixture in half. Mix one half with 1/3 cup of roasted golden beets. Process this half in food processor again just to combine. Remove and set aside in a bowl.
Mix the other half with 1/3 cup roasted red beets and process until combined. Remove and place in a bowl
Divide each mixture into 6 ball. Flatten each ball a little bit.
Coat the falafel with oil spray and air fry for 18 minutes at 375F
Serve with tzatziki
  • If you really want a bright yellow/green color on your falafel, blanch the diced golden beets on boiling water for 5 mins before roasting.
  • If you find the mixture is a bit sticky, flour your hands before making each ball.
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