Falafel Recipe

Falafel Recipe

Falafel Recipe

Falafel is one of my favorite Middle Eastern gluten-free, vegan options. It is typically deep-fried (not so healthy part) and made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. It’s commonly served in pita bread like a wrapped sandwich and topped with tomatoes, pickled cucumbers or turnips, lettuce, parsley, and tahini. Falafel balls can also be eaten alone or as part of a mezza which is an assortment of appetizers served at the beginning of a multi-course meal.

Falafel Ingredients

  • 1 pound (about 2 cups) dry chickpeas/garbanzo beans – you must start with dry, do NOT substitute canned, they will not work!
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, fresh cilantro.
  • 3-5 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying (grapeseed, canola, and peanut oil work well)

**10 minutes before frying add 1 tsp baking soda to the mix so the falafel balls puff up.

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