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Learn how to make falafel, a traditional Greek recipe.
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Easy Falafel Recipe

Enjoy Falafel at home with this quick, easy, gluten-free, and vegan recipe.  You can either lightly fry these balls of chickpeas and herbs in a skillet or bake them in the oven until lightly golden brown.  Serve them with some homemade Tzatziki sauce for an authentic Mediterranean dish that's as good as your favorite Greek restaurant's!

Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course, main dish
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 falafel
Calories 69 kcal
Author London

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • ½ cup parsley finely chopped
  • ½ cup red onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup flour gluten-free 1-to-1 blend
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper optional
  • ½ - ¾ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil or olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients, except for the oil, to a large food processor with an S-shaped blade.
  2. Cover the processor with a lid and pulse ingredients for 30-40 times, or until the mixture just starts to clump together.
  3. Refrigerate mixture for 30-60 minutes to help the dough stick together.
  4. Scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough and shape into a patty about ½-inch thick. Repeat with the remaining falafel dough. You should end up with about 12 patties.

To Cook in Skillet:

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large stainless steel or non-stick skillet over medium heat.

  2. Place 6 of the falafel into the skillet once the oil begins to sizzle and cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining oil and patties.

To Bake in Oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place falafel patties evenly spaced on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Serve falafel with Greek Tzatziki sauce and homemade pita bread. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Easy Falafel Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 182mg8%
Potassium 139mg4%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 278IU6%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.