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If you're looking for an Ayurvedic recipe, you will love this dish. I call this Ayurvedic falafel because it uses mung bean-peas instead of regular chickpeas along with Ayurvedic spices. Ayurveda regards mung beans as ‘king’ of all beans. Mung beans help balance all three doshas in our bodies so it is naturally tridoshic and the best part about these beans is they're easily digested in our bodies in addition to removing toxins along the way. This Ayurvedic recipe has so many advantages, not to mention the AMAZING taste. The added side benefits are huge, this dish is cooling for your body in summer, balances your Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas, and includes medicinal spices like turmeric, coriander. and cumin which are so beneficial for our bodies. Make this Ayurvedic recipe to eat well and feel good!

Ayurvedic Falafel [Vegan]

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4-6 falafels

Ingredients You Need for Ayurvedic Falafel [Vegan]

  • 1 cup of soaked (overnight) Mung Beans
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro and parsley
  • 1-2 teaspoons each cumin seeds and coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon each red pepper flakes and turmeric
  • 3-5 teaspoons potato starch (optional)
  • Salt to taste

How to Prepare Ayurvedic Falafel [Vegan]

  1. I prefer cooking soaked mung beans lightly as they are much easier to digest. The best and fastest way to cook any kind of beans/legumes is in a pressure cooker. You could use a stockpot to cook these beans- just make sure you don’t make them mushy.
  2. In a food processor, add all the ingredients mentioned above (except potato starch) along with cooked mung beans and grind this into a coarse texture.
  3. Mix this coarse mixture with potato starch to form falafel balls.
  4. Once you form all the balls keep them in the refrigerator for about 30-40 minutes to set and firm up. It’s easier to sauté these balls on a skillet once they are firmed up in the refrigerator and require very little oil to sauté.
  5. I like to flatten these balls a little and make them more like a patty, this helps to cook the falafels thoroughly inside out.
  6. Take your skillet and place it on low-medium heat, add two drops of olive oil (or any vegetable oil you prefer) and spread it evenly on the warm skillet. Place the flattened balls and cook them on low-medium heat. Flip them after a couple of minutes to cook on the other side.
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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 864 | Total Carbs: 164 g | Total Fat: 2 g | Total Protein: 52 g | Total Sodium: 65 g | Total Sugar: 31 g Per Serving: Calories: 216 | Carbs: 14 g | Fat: 1 g | Protein: 13 g | Sodium: 16 mg | Sugar: 8 g

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  1. An important step is to cook and cool the mung beans before blending it in the food processor! You can cook mung beans by putting them in boiling water and then simmering until tender. These falafels are delicious with hummus!

  2. Absolutely dreadful recipe. I am an experienced cook. I thought it would be good to try falafels made from something other than chickpeas. These were totally useless, impossible to fry, just collapsed into the oil. Tried shallow oil and slightly deeper oil, same result. Wish I\’d never seen this recipe, wasted a whole lot of ingredients.

  3. Why are you calling this Ayurvedic? It\’s not Ayurvedic in the slightest. These spices are *INDIAN* spices, if you even want to call them that. Moreover, veganism is highly frownded upon in Ayurveda as it cuts out important dairy foods like milk.