It’s kind of grey and dark here in Brussels at the moment, so I’ve decided to put some colours in my cooking. Beetroot is definitely the best ingredient to do so – remember the beetroot hummus and its amazing colour? Some would argue that beetroot tastes like earth, but I have to disagree; I think that it’s sweet and delicious – if well prepared.
Here comes the beetroot falafel recipe I tried last night: easy, cheap and healthy!
- Beetroots, 2 medium
- Chickpeas, cooked, 250 g
- Coriander, fresh leaves, a handful
- Garlic cloves, 2 large
- Sea salt
- Cumin, ground, 1 tablespoon
- Red pepper, 1 teaspoon
Preheat the over at 180°C.
Peel the beetroots and cut them in cubes. Bake them for about 45 minutes until soft. I guess you could also steam them. When ready, set aside to cool down.
Put the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend. The mixture doesn’t have to be all mashed.
Roll into balls – golf ball size. Place them on a baking sheet, and then press them into patty shapes (they’ll cook faster).
Bake them for approximately 7 minutes on each side, the closest to the grill.
Serve immediately. We had them with some rocket salad and feta cheese. Yum-my!
The health benefits of beetroots
The beetroot improves blood pressure; prevents heart disease; improves stamina and endurance performance; boosts brain function; detoxifies the body and cleans the blood; helps fight chronic diseases; and improves digestion. (Read more here)