Mung Bean Falafel

Do you ever have a container of mung beans left in your pantry, and you have no idea what to do with them?  Me too.  I am here to help.  This recipe takes inspiration from the Middle East with the spice blend of za’atar.  This is a blend of oregano, thyme, marjoram, sumac, and sesame seeds (sometimes steeped in olive oil) that offers a warm, toasty flavor to food.  I try to include it in as many recipes I can because it has quickly become one of my favorite spice blends.  Let me know what you think of it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mung beans, cooked
  • ¼ onion, roughly chopped
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 2 tsp. za’atar
  • ½ – 1 cup oats
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. In a food processor, use the S-blade to mince onion and garlic
  3. Add mung beans, cilantro, spinach, and spices
  4. Pulse until well-blended
  5. Add oats in batches and pulse
  6. If the mixture is not sticky enough to form balls, add oats to reach desired consistency
  7. Form mixture into balls and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes
  9. Serve and enjoy

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