For the pickled kale
50g kale leaves
30g white wine vinegar
1 pinch salt
For the falafel
250g dry lentils
We chose this dish because it’s a twist on a classic. It’s makes for a fantastic vegetarian offering, using seasonal ingredients and bursting with flavour. By using lentils instead of chickpeas, you can get a lighter and fluffier texture. Served alongside our pickled kale leaves, which are still currently in season thanks to all the cold weather we’ve been having, it makes for a fantastic dish to be enjoyed by vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike!
Pick the kale leaves off the stem and rinse thoroughly. Next add the vinegar, sugar and salt to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiled, pour it over the leaves.
Soak the lentils overnight – they will swell up and expand, so make sure to put them in a container with plenty of extra space. When you’re ready to use them, drain off any excess water and give them a rinse.
Next, blitz the lentils and remaining ingredients together in a food mixer until they become a nearly-smooth paste, the same texture as pesto.
Heat up oil in a deep fryer until the temperature reaches 180c. Using a tablespoon, form patties with the falafel mix (about 4-5cm in width and roughly egg shaped) and deep fry until golden brown.
Place kitchen roll to drain and then season well whilst still hot.
Serve the falafel with a few pieces of pickled kale (the rest should keep for several days) in a flat bread. We recommend adding hummus, chilli sauce, mayo (if you’re non-vegan), and some crunchy seasonal salad leaves.