Falafel

Falafel

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Classic Falafel

Falafel is a classic dish that became a popular street food in many countries. It can make a great substitute for a burger, once in a while or weekly, with beans as a vegetarian protein source. The form of patties instead of balls facilitate the frying. If you want the falafel crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, use only dry beans and prepare for overnight soaking of the beans. If you want it easy and quick, with a bit different texture, the canned beans are the best choice.

Falafel

Falafel

Get Creative

Consider our Falafel variations as a start for your own creativity. You can change the type of beans and herbs, add vegetables to the beans, and serve them with any type of bread, sauce, and salad.

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Tips and Variations for the Falafel Recipe

  • Choose to bake or fry the falafel. Frying provides crisper. Baking needs less oil.
  • Substitute garbanzo beans with Kidney beans or Black beans.
  • Add any kind of shredded salad to you Falafel pouch.
  • Add Tahini sauce (see recipe below).
  • Try our Firecraker Falafel recipe with whole cumin and coriander seeds and hot chili pepper flakes (go to the recipe).
  • Use the spice kit to season hamburgers or meat balls.
  • Add raw beetroots or spinach to the falafel mixture that is made from dry garbanzo beans.







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Falafel
Cuisine Egyptian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cup garbanzo beans dry
  • 1/4 cup cilantro or mint, or parsley, finely chopped
  • 6 oz red cabbage finely sliced
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 6-8 pita bread or any other flatbread, baguette, or rolls
You might have
  • 2-3 tbsp flour
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 1-2 lime or lemon for juice
  • olive oil
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Cumin, coriander
Cuisine Egyptian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cup garbanzo beans dry
  • 1/4 cup cilantro or mint, or parsley, finely chopped
  • 6 oz red cabbage finely sliced
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 6-8 pita bread or any other flatbread, baguette, or rolls
You might have
  • 2-3 tbsp flour
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 1-2 lime or lemon for juice
  • olive oil
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Cumin, coriander
Instructions
Prepare beans
  1. In a BOWL, cover dry garbanzo beans with water. Let soak beans for 24 hours. Rinse. Drain.
Prepare paste
  1. In a FOOD PROCESSOR, add beans, herbs, garlic, 2 tbsp flour, salt to taste, and half of the Falafel Spices.
  2. Mix all into a paste. Cover the bowl and let rest in the fridge for 1 hour.
Form Falafel
  1. Form small patties. Add lime juice or more flour if necessary.
Option 1: Bake Falafel
  1. Preheat OVEN to 350°F.
  2. Place patties on a non-sticking BAKING PAN and brush or spray them with a bit of oil.
  3. Bake the patties for 20-30 minutes until they become crisp and light brown.
Option 2: Fry Falafel
  1. In a PAN, heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil (other than olive oil) over high heat.
  2. Add patties. Do not crowd the pan.
  3. Fry patties for about 5 minutes until they become crisp on both sides.
  4. Flip the patties halfway.
Yogurt Sauce
  1. Mix yogurt with lime juice and salt to taste.
  2. Add grated garlic (optional).
Serve
  1. Serve Falafel in bread with cabbage and sauce.
  2. Enjoy!
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Tahini
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping list for Tahini Paste (optional)
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
Shopping list for Tahini Sauce
  • 1 cup tahini paste store-bought or see additional recipe below
  • 2-5 cloves garlic peeled and grated
  • 1/4-1/2 cup lime or lemon juice
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping list for Tahini Paste (optional)
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
Shopping list for Tahini Sauce
  • 1 cup tahini paste store-bought or see additional recipe below
  • 2-5 cloves garlic peeled and grated
  • 1/4-1/2 cup lime or lemon juice
Instructions
Tahini paste (Optional)
  1. In a PAN, over medium heat, roast sesame seeds until they turn golden brown. Stir frequently and be careful, not to burn the seeds!
  2. In a FOOD PROCESSOR, mix sesame seeds and 1/4 cup of oil into a paste.
  3. Add slowly more oil if necessary, 1/2 tbsp at a time.
  4. The ideal paste should be just liquidy enough that it doesn't stick to a spoon. Though, it doesn't have to be perfect.
Tahini sauce
  1. In a BOWL, mix tahini paste with 1/4 cup of water.
  2. Add garlic, salt and lime juice to taste.
  3. Depending on how liquid your tahini paste is, you might need to add more water. The sauce should be liquid enough to pour it over the falafel, but not watery.
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